Auggie’s Vet visit, part 2

I mentioned the other day that Auggie went to the vet for some work on his teeth. Auggie had several bad teeth that had to be removed. According to Dr. Mozzachio, this is very common in pigs, and pigs continue on without issue after the bad teeth are removed. Auggie did great at the vet, woke up immediately, and started eating. He’s back in the Farmyard on some softer food for a few days. We expect all to be backRead more

Auggie’s vet visit

Auggie went on a field trip yesterday. The end of last week we noticed he was having difficulty chewing and swallowing hard foods. According to Dr. Mozzachio, this is a sure sign of teeth issues. So, we packaged him up and took him in. Pictures below from the catch-up. Aaron, Chris, and Katie ran through how the catch up would work the day before– it went smoothly: in practice and on the day off. Auggie is back from his appointment.Read more

A Veterinary Visit

This past Thursday our Farmyard veterinarians were here to check on the critters. Dr. Cannedy and Dr. Mozzachio arrived early on the chilly Thursday morning.  Full physicals will occur in April, but Lightning needed some blood taken to see how his Cushing’s disease is progressing. While here, our old goat Chummix got checked out and so were the pigs. Miss Piggy looks great according to Dr. Mozzachio, but she took photos so she could compare body condition in a month or so.Read more

Rest in Peace Pig

Last night Pig was not improved and still not standing. Calls and emails were made to veterinarians, keepers, staff, and volunteers letting them know. Dr. Mozzachio came early this morning and euthanized Pig. Days like this are hard, and hardest on the keepers, so send them your best wishes.Read more

Spotlight: Kristie Mozzachio, DVM

To the right is our pig, Squealer, and Dr. Kristie Mozzachio. She is a pot bellied pig specialist, operating a mobile veterinary service that caters exclusively to pot-bellied pigs. This is a part-time gig for her. Currently, she works as a toxicologic pathologist. This means she spends most of her time looking through a microscope. She looks at slides of tissues from animals, trying to identify any abnormalities. Pigs are her passion though. She is the veterinary advisor for NAPPARead more

Farmyard Physicals

On Saturday Dr. Mozzachio and Dr. Cannedy came to the Museum for what we call the “farmyard physicals”. This happens every April and October. All the large mammals in the farmyard were checked out, given vaccines, had their hooves trimmed if needed, and their diets and enrichment were reviewed. Pig is hanging in a specially made pig-sling. Dr. Mozzachio, a pot-bellied pig specialist, took great care of him, cleaning around his eyes and giving him treats to keep him contentRead more