Bathing your guinea pig
Guinea pigs need to be kept in a clean and dry environment and you will find that your guinea pig will rarely appear dirty and won't smell. In saying this it's always a good idea to give your guinea pig a bath routinely every couple of months it will help to keep their coat in top condition dense and silky and will help to remove any excess shedding of hair.
Shorthair guinea pigs don't often need bathing although should be bathed at least once every three months in a mite/lice wash. Longhair guinea pigs on the other hand require more regular bathing and grooming as their coats grow on average an inch a month. A longhair guinea pig should be bathed every couple of months to keep their coats in good condition. Regular clipping/trimming of a longhairs coat especially around the back area will keep their coats clean and more manageable.
What shampoo/conditioner do
Every three or so months you will also need to routinely bath your guinea pig in a parasite/mite wash to prevent them from becoming infested with mites. Recommended washed can be found below.
List of shampoos/conditioners that come highly recommended by guinea pig owners.
How do I bath my guinea pig?
Some people like to mix a
small amount of shampoo/conditioner into the water itself rather than
directly onto the guinea pig then you can simply splash the water onto the
coat of your guinea pig without the need to rinse and with minimal residue
left on the coat. Others like to give the coat a wash with a small amount
of the shampoo then rinse off. When rinsing the shampoo from your guinea
pigs coat you can either empty the bath water and refill to
shampoo out or you can gently hold your guinea pigs body under a slow
flowing tap to rinse. Make sure no residue is left on the coat. After the
bath place your guinea pig on a towel or nappy
and gently towel dry. If it is a warm day you can then place your guinea
pig outside on the lawn to dry off or if it is cooler weather it is
recommended to use a hair dryer on low speed to dry your guinea pigs coat
as guinea pigs can catch a chill quite easily. If you wish to blow dry
your guinea pigs coat the best method is to sit your guinea pig on a towel
on a stool of some sort such as a bucket sitting upside down with the towel
placed on it, place one hand on your guinea pig so they
feel secure then gently dry the coat.
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Regular grooming helps to keep
your guinea pigs coat silky smooth and helps to stop excess hair from
When grooming your guinea pig
some people like to use a " grooming stand " which can be anything from an
upside down bucket with a towel placed on top to a wooden stand with
padded fabric on the top. Something which is approx 30cm off the ground
that will keep your guinea pig sitting still and comfy while you groom them.