Spike is very smooth and silky feeling and Harvey is smooth and fluffy. He's also a lot smaller than Harvey. We haven't weighed the boys yet, but by looking at the two, it's hard to believe that they are the same age.
They're both darling! I love the picture where they're all squished up together.
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There's no rush on this, but at some stage you should get a full body xray to check for existing boneloss, or to use as a baseline for future problems.
Your vet may need to use a magnifying glass to check the bones very carefully. In Heddwyn's case it was not necessary, since his bones had a very visible motheaten look, but your boy is younger.
In the meantime, I would just be careful to feed a good diet with the proper ca/ph ratio. You don't want to supplement with calcium unless you see obvious problems, because this would cause other issues.
Be sure to check out the diet section in the Care Guide and feed the greens and other veggies in the correct proportions. As an example, I feed all my pigs a base mix of the following each day:
Most days they get some red pepper, occasionally one small baby carrot (should be no more than that). You can add small pieces of other veggies on the 'favorite veggies' list, but I would keep the green base pretty consistent.
You said in your email to me you were continuing with the Hartz food fed by the rescue temporarily. Personally, I would dump that food immediately: it's quite possibly the worst food you could be feeding. I would immediately switch to the Oxbow (my pigs actually prefer KM's pellets), and give extra veggies for a while. (Be sure to weigh daily after you switch).
I agree on switching to Oxbow. Hartz is blech.
Of course, you can also order kleenmamma's pellets online as well.
It just kills me to have to go into those stores. I'm also lobbying my local pet supply shop to start carrying Oxbow but I doubt it'll happen.
The drive really isn't a bother. It's in Appleton, which also has a Golden Corral. A good reason to go. I just don't want to support a pet store that keeps it's animals in that condition.