Pet hygiene is important, but you should not bathe a guinea pig very often. In fact, it should not be done more than once every two months and it is better to dry clean it if you have a choice. If you wash it too often, you can end up removing the natural protective layer of your skin, increasing the risk of skin problems.
If you bathe it with water, you must take many precautions so that it does not catch cold: A guinea pig, if you catch a cold, could be in a very serious and complicated situation. If you prefer the dry cleaning option, you can find these products in specialized pet stores.
If it's going to be the first time you bathe it with water, don't worry! We teach you to do it.
Things you need to bathe a guinea pig
If you have decided to bathe your guinea pig with water, Before getting to it it is important that you prepare everything you need for convenience:
- A basin. You can also bathe it in a sink or sink, in that case you will need the cap to retain the water.
- Warm water. Do not go cold or hot!
- Special shampoo for rodents, much better if it is specific for guinea pigs. Never use soap for other species, much less your personal shampoo, it could seriously irritate you!
- The brush to comb it
You have it all? We start!
How to bathe a guinea pig
The process of bathing a guinea pig is the same regardless of whether it is short, long or hairless, except for the passage of the dryer, which in the latter case would be canceled.
To bathe your guinea pig, follow these steps:
- Find a time when the guinea pig is relaxed. If this is the first time, it is important that you remain calm: let yourself be familiar with the basin or the empty battery, before pouring the water.
- Open the tap very little, that only a thread of water falls to fill the space little by little without being scared. Control the temperature!
- Start wetting your guinea pig little by little, using the hand and avoiding wetting his head. Massage the hair so that the water penetrates and reaches the skin.
- When it's all wet, you can start lather, carefully and delicately, preventing soap from entering your eyes. If it happens by accident, rinse them well with water!
- By the end, rinse all the soap well, making sure you don't leave any rest in the folds of his body. Poorly soapy soap could irritate your skin a lot!
- When you're done, dry it well. Use the towel first, removing as much moisture as possible, so the use of the dryer will be minimal.
- When it is no longer possible to remove more moisture with towels, take the dryer and put the minimum power and warm air. Dry your guinea pig carefully, putting the dryer at least half a meter away so that it cannot hurt you or get too scared.
- Remember to dry your entire body well, including the ears. If not, moisture could cause fungus. In the case of the ears, it is better to use gauze or towels, not a dryer.
- When your guinea pig is very dry, you can Brush it as a custom.
It is done! As you can see, bathing a guinea pig is not complicated, it is only a matter of doing it delicately so that it is not harmed or afraid.
Would you rather wash your guinea pig without water?
If you don't like the idea of bathing a guinea pig with soap and water and prefer to use the dry cleaner, You can find it at any pet store.
Another option is to wash it using towels or cloths wet with water, rubbing his body carefully. This bathing process will be less traumatic than bathing with water and shampoo.
Steps to Bathe Your Guinea Pig
- Enter your guinea pig in the sink and moisten it
- Soaping the legs and belly
- Rinse your sebaceous gland in your tail without hurting it
- Clean your genitals
- Rinse thoroughly
- Take it out of the sink
- Dry it with a towel
- Clean your eyes with physiological serum
- Dry with a dryer with warm air and about 15 cm away
- Remove the hair with a comb (Dry your belly very well because if it stays wet it can cause a cold)
- You can cut her nails
- Put a little cologne for whose (optional)
- Apply a little coconut oil on your feet to avoid dermatitis
- Finally cut the hair in the sebaceous gland, that's where more hair sticks. Apply a little coconut oil.
Although they don't bathe so often, You can always remove dirt with baby wipes.
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Today we are going to focus on guinea pig hygiene. Guinea pigs bathe but they should not be done very often because they lose the natural protection of their fur.
The best time to wash a guinea pig It is when it starts to smell bad. If we keep your cage clean, the guinea pig will get dirty later and later and we will lengthen the bathrooms between them.
When we bathe in a guinea pig we should never wet our ears or eyes because we can cause irritations and infections.
They can be washed with baby shampoo, cat or guinea pig shampoo that are already available in the market.
There are also foams to wash the guinea pigs dry, I have it and I do not like the final result so if you want to try, the same is better for you than me.
It should be washed with little water and always warm water.
After washing, a good drying, to be able to be without a dryer because the noise alters them.
If you have males, you have to clean them more especially the part of your genitals, and a good method is with baby wipes.
Every day or every other day, brushing even if you have short hair because you eliminate dust and dead hair.
The nail cutting is very important and when they have very long nails they should be cut as I show you in the photo that I attached. If the cut is wrong, the guinea pig would bleed.
A guinea pig does not require much time to keep your hygiene up to date. Brushing a day does not take more than 2 minutes. A nail cut every time they are long is just 10 minutes. Always use special scissors to cut cat nails.
A bath does not last more than 20 minutes and is done every 2 or 3 months, at least I bathe mine every 2 or 3 months and in winters every time.
As you can see, they are not pets that requires a lot of time of hygiene care but like any pet, for very little time you need, you have to dedicate it to have them clean and especially healthy.