How to Bathe Guinea Pigs

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Intro: How to Bathe Guinea Pigs

This is just a simple guide to washing you guinea pig. But excessive bathing is far more worse then it is good. Try to only bathe them rarely, since they have natural oils in their fur. The cleaner you keep the cage, the less you will have to bathe them.

Step 1: Get Everything Ready

For giving a Guinea a bath, you cannot use human shampoos. Your going to need some Guinea Pig shampoo, which you can ask your exotic veterinarian for recommendations. You will need a large towel and a smaller one. And a small cup for pouring water. Then choose where you will give your piggy a bath, in a sink or bathtub. A bathtub is probably a better choice, so they can't climb out. Fill up the bathtub with one and a half inches of warm water.

Step 2: Introduction

Now, take your Guinea pig to the bathing area. Take it and put the piggy in the water. Give it a minute to adjust to the new, wet environment.

Step 3: Lather and Rinse

Now take your cup and pour over your guinea pig gently and close to the body. Do not go over the neck just yet. Now at this part listen to what the bottle says, probably to just lather into your guinea pig. After your done with that, take the cup and wash all the soap out of the coat. When wash your pig, give treats to calm your piggy's nerves. Make sure to keep shampoo and water away from the pigs face.

Step 4: Dry and Clean

Take your guinea pig and dry it thoroughly. After that take a damp cloth and clean their face. After that comb them and put your piggy back in it's cage. But  make sure the cage is clean, because then the bath would be useless. 

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CreepyCreeper

3 months ago

I read that Guinea Pigs can't be bathed every day . . . But thats common sense. Thanks for this, its really helped!

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Rael98

6 months ago on Introduction

I was told by my vet to bathe my guinea pig once a month due to him having a skin condition. I would not bathe guinea pigs any other time unless they somehow got into something (like have dirt caked in their fur, for example) However he gets very VERY stressed during bath time, and I would like to know the best way to do this

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Rael98Rael98

Reply 6 months ago

He will start to lose fur if not bathed once per month as I was told

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Rael98dawsonmartha615

Answer 6 months ago

It is possible. I would consult a vet before bathing your guinea pig, unless you absolutely have to. For example, I was forced to bathe one of mine bc he was peed on by my other guinea pig, and had dry pee caked to his fur.

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BuckBuck1

1 year ago

im so confused i read the comments should i bathe buck or not!!!!??????...

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X3pandaNinX3

3 years ago

You should not bathe guinea pigs! They can easily get pneumonia and die. If you need to clean them, use a brush and spray bottle to LIGHTLY DAMPEN their fur and even then, not all of it. Countless of pet parents have killed their piggies because of them bathing their furry buddies.

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nightwing5734X3pandaNinX3

Reply 1 year ago

Thats what i thought! You should not even get your guinea pigs wet at all. If your guinea pig needs a bath, your cage is filthy. Just clean the cage!

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BeckyW34X3pandaNinX3

Reply 2 years ago

Even the exotic vet says you need to bath them now and then. Just make sure you dry them very well and keep them out of any drafts. And always use a shampoo that made for Guinea Pigs. Piggy_Mash did.

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CarbinkCX3pandaNinX3

Reply 2 years ago

I was thinking the same thing!Wouldn't that be very harmful,and,plus,do they even need it?It's not like in South America [where they roam],and they buy tubs and bathe,no,they have natural oil.

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Kristen02

1 year ago

Thank you. This was very helpful. I am new to owning a Guinea Pig so I had no clue what to do.

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KRA_123Kristen02

Reply 1 year ago

Tip:
It is possible to use baby shampoo. Make sure it's non toxic and very basic.... no scents or anything like that. It can. E cheaper than piggies shampoo but just as effective! I use it on my piggies and it always leaves them clean, with no rashes or skin irritation issues!! :)

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AkinatorB

2 years ago

thank you so much for this wonderful post and cute pictures

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NathanS118

2 years ago

So cute!!! i want a guinea pig SSOOOOOOO badly now!!!

I would like to know uhh how old does a guinea pig have to be to be bathed by a human? im asking because i have a little guinea pig she is still very little i think that the oldest she possibly can be is 1 or 2 moths and it's winter here now so i would just like to know :) :) :)

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vivaladawn

5 years ago

I love the picture of him sitting in the water :D so cute. great instructable.

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you got that right he/she is SUPER CUTEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

i want to teach my pup guinea pig tricks :D she is very clever :D il take videos too :D