Parakeratosis might sound like a mouthful, but it’s a skin condition that can affect our beloved mini pigs. 🐽

What is Parakeratosis?
Parakeratosis is a skin disorder that affects the outer layer of a pig’s skin. Instead of shedding off properly, the cells retain their nuclei, leading to rough and scaly skin.

While the exact cause of parakeratosis can vary, it is often associated with several factors:

Nutritional imbalances, particularly the lack of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc, or biotin; epidermitis; and mange.

If your pig is displaying symptoms of thick, scaly skin, it’s important to evaluate their diet and ensure adequate levels of:
Vitamin A(~10,000 IU/day),
Vitamin E (400 IU/day),
Zinc (50 mg/day), and
Biotin (3-5000 mcg/day).

It may also be necessary to treat for sarcoptic mange/mites, and monitor their environment and manage hygiene accordingly. Always be sure to consult a vet knowledgeable about pigs if the condition persists or worsens.

For the love of pigs!