Lydia asks: IS IT SAFE TO LET A POT BELLY PIG EAT CHESTNUTS?
Hi, Lydia! In response to your question, "Is it safe to let a pot belly pig eat chestnuts?" the answer is, it depends on the type of chestnut! There are several kinds of chestnuts. Sweet chestnuts which are the kind we roast or use to make holiday stuffing are safe for both people and animals to eat. Chestnuts that are part of the Aesculus plant species commonly known as either horse chestnuts or buckeyes are toxic. The toxin is found in both the nuts and leaves and can cause muscle spasms, paralysis and even death.
So, while feeding sweet chestnuts is ok in moderation for your pig as a treat, be sure your pig eats a proper diet. Pot belly pigs are prone to obesity. Feed a commercial diet formulated especially for pot belly pigs supplemented with fresh vegetables and hay, and make sure any chestnuts you feed are safe for human consumption!
Submitted by: Dr. Sabrina Walters