We’re not going to lie, we’re high-key obsessed with Ariana Grande‘s pet pig, Piggy Smalls. The adorable little oinker is so cuddly, smiley, and teeny-tiny, how could you not want one?! Ari’s not the only celeb to bring a pig into the house: George Clooney, Megan Fox and Miley Cyrus are all pig parents as well. But do pigs really make good pets? Sexy veterinarian, Dr. Evan Antin, told Life & Style exclusively what he thinks of the trend, and you might be surprised by his answer!
“I think pigs actually make great pets,” he gushed while promoting Comfort Zone stress relief for cats. “These are potbellied pigs, that’s usually the case, and they make awesome pets.” But he also offered one big disclaimer: “There’s really no such thing as a micro pig. I can’t tell you how many people come see me and were told the pig would max out at 15 or 20 or 40 pounds, and a few years down the line they have an 80, or 150-pound pig. I’ve seen potbellied pigs that are 1,000 pounds, I’m not kidding!” The hunky doc says it’s “pretty rare” for a pig to stay that tiny, so people interested in adopting one need to be prepared for it to grow.
Believe it or not, Dr. Antin says that pigs are “super smart, technically smarter than dogs!” and as long as you give them the space and diet they need, they “can have great engagement and interaction with their humans.” Something tells us Ari has plenty of space for Piggy in her mansion, no matter how big he gets. But she may need to spring for a California king bed if he’s gonna keep cuddling with her at night!
While Dr. Antin “doesn’t mind pigs in the pet trade at all,” he does have one major pet peeve: “It’s really unfortunate when celebrities get certain exotic animals as pets, and have no idea what they’re getting into. They get all these other people excited about getting this pet that probably isn’t a good pet, like a kinkajou or a monkey.” We all remember Justin Bieber abandoning his own monkey in Germany, and soon Chris Brown will be arraigned for illegally purchasing a baby Capuchin for his daughter Royalty.
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While Evan admits these “great animals” are “super cute as babies,” they can “grow up to be a bit of a monster.” On top of making a mess and destroying your home, a monkey that “grows up to be even 20/25 pounds can tear you up, that can be a super dangerous animal and people don’t realize that.” So while Chris thought he was doing something sweet, he may have been putting his 4-year-old in serious danger. Though some celebs can afford to properly care for these exotic pets, Dr. Antin wants to make sure they do the research to give them everything they need.
But there’s another controversial thing that Evan is surprisingly cool with: dying fur and painting pets’ nails! “As long as it’s a pet-safe product, I don’t think it’s the end of the world,” he said. The doc revealed that in comparison to some of the horrors he’s witnessed while treating animals around the world, a little dye is no big deal. “Honestly, you have somebody that cares about this animal and as long as it does not stress them out or hurt them, I don’t think it’s such a bad thing.” As long as you’re treating your furry pal with love and respect, it’s all good! Dr. Antin says he’s got some exciting news on the horizon, so we can’t wait to see what’s next from him!