Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that supports healthy skin, acts as an antioxidant, enhances immune function, and supports enzyme functions and vitamin absorption.

This is probably one of the most important vitamins you can include in your pig’s diet, as it works with selenium to maintain good health.

The NRC requirement estimate for growing pigs (meat swine) ranges from 11 to 16 IU/kg, but recent research has shown that 40 to 60 IU/kg maintains better health and cellular function in weaned piglets.

Although most commercial feeds for mini pigs include vitamin E (usually 11-50 IU/kg), its functionality is limited due to how easily it oxidizes. The manufacturing process and natural shelf life can cause it to easily degrade. Additionally, depending how much pelleted feed your mini pig is fed (esp. if <1kg), it might not meet the daily recommendations.

It’s recommended to supplement up to 400 IU/kg daily to support healthy skin and overall health. Human supplements work well, as the dosages are often within comparable range, and tablets or capsules can easily be added into pelleted feed or hidden inside other healthy treats.

Also, you can add vitamin E-rich snacks to your pig’s daily diet in the form of healthy veggies and greens.

Pig-safe sources include:

  • Wheat germ oil (1 oz. or 1 tsp)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Peanut butter (look out for added sugar)
  • Spinach
  • Beet greens
  • Collard greens
  • Pumpkin
  • Red bell pepper
  • Asparagus
  • Mango (in moderation due to sugar)
  • Coconut oil (1-4 tbsp max due to fattiness)

For the love of pigs!