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Guinea pig bath?

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kelda Mon 01-Jul-13 14:08:40

Can I wash my guinea pig?

I have just given one of my boys a hair cut (very long haired male), and his fur is a bit grimy, and seems to be getting worse. He is in good health.

If so, how do I go about it?

FernieB Mon 01-Jul-13 15:37:00

With a lot of towels and be prepared to be wetter than your pig.

I use piggie shampoo from pets at home and an old washing up bowl on the floor (If they leap out they don't fall far). I get a jug of warm water ready and pin down the pig in the bath whilst wetting him and then lather him up. He gets rinsed an then a good towel dry followed by a blow dry on a low heat (keep your hand between the hair dryer and the pig). He usually tries to escape a lot so I end up soakedgrin

Mine are bathed every 3-6 weeks depending on their stinkiness!

MadeOfStarDust Mon 01-Jul-13 15:40:43

thank heavens for smooth/short hair.... ours have reached 5 years old without being bathed once.... the breeder said it really was not necessary for short-haired-girly-piggies.....

just have the madness that is nail trimming - with ALL black nails.....

kelda Mon 01-Jul-13 15:43:39


They've kept themselves very clean until now. The other, short haired male doesn't need a bath.

Thankfully I don't need to cut their nails - maybe because their corner is part grass, part concrete, so that keeps their nails short?

fortifiedwithtea Mon 01-Jul-13 18:25:29

Two 2yo smooth haired sows here that have never had a bath either. They just have a faint whiff of girlie pig smile

Now my dearly departed Old Boy had several in his lifetime and loved his baths grin so your stinky boy may surprise you.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 01-Jul-13 19:56:10

GP1 is starting to sport a GreaseSpot 'Tail' so it's time for his annual wash grin

DD and I wash them in the bath- they don't enjoy the experience and they always threaten to leap out. I'm not sure if they could hoist their carcasses out of the bath but we don't want to risk it (previous ,more determined guineas have done ).

They smell lovely afterwards then DD and I spend ages drying them, changing our clothes and sorting out the wet towels.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 01-Jul-13 19:57:24

We put a towel in the bath for them to grip on too.

Essexgirlupnorth Mon 01-Jul-13 20:02:33

My sister used to wash her long haired piggies. Used baby shampoo or special animal shampoo. Wet, lather and rinse either with a jug or the shower attachment if you have a shower over a bath.
They shake like dogs so you will probably get wet. Then used to wrap them in old clean terry nappies or use a hair dryer on a low heat on them. in summer used to dry them in the sun.

kelda Mon 01-Jul-13 20:03:46

'They shake like dogs so you will probably get wet. '

I think we will have to bath them tomorrow!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 01-Jul-13 20:30:16

Make sure the water is shallow enough to keep their faces and especially their ears out of water.
I had one Guinea years ago who loved to swim. We;d fill the bath, put a folded up towel 'island' in the bath and she just went grin
Her mum-pig would skin anyone who took her near the bath.

My boars think they look like lions with their great ruffs of fur and slinky bodies. Truth is, they look like little rats shock

FernieB Mon 01-Jul-13 20:38:49

Mine do not like to stand in water so I only drizzle enough on them to rinse them. I'd love a swimming pig.

You also need a lot of parsley - at least that's what my boys tell me grin

Methe Mon 01-Jul-13 20:42:08

We bath ours in a large bucket n the lawn in the sun. They love it!

KRITIQ Thu 04-Jul-13 23:45:19

DBoar 1 is a Texel (of sorts) so a bit high maintenance. He has a monthly-ish haircut and bi-monthly shower in the bathroom sink under the mixer tap. DBoar 2 is mostly short hair, so gets away with a shower about every 4 months. I just tend to use Head & Shoulders 2 in 1 with an extra conditioner, and they smell divine for at least a week.

noyouhavehadawee Fri 05-Jul-13 22:03:20

mine had one bath in six years and that was probably three years ago grin now i only have one left i might treat her to a spa day grin she does her own nails on the patio grin

alemci Fri 05-Jul-13 22:06:32

yes we bathed ours yearly. Our old boar is being bathed just in water more now as he is getting old and lame and his leg is getting weed on which is a shame.

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