Before you jump right into bathing your guinea pig, let's first review whether we should bathe a guinea pig.
Should you bathe your guinea pigs?
- Guinea pig shampoo that is safe for guinea pigs skin and fur. Do not use ones that are designed for humans or different animals.
- Water bucket - this is where you will fill the water to about 1 inch (or 2 cm) depth to give guinea pig a bath.
- Drying station, Towels - I use GuineaDad Liner to keep the floor dry and use the clean towel to sufficiently pat them dry before competely drying with a hair dryer.
- Hair dryer - You need to be able to change the temperature of the air in the dryer that you use. You should not be using the 'hot' setting.
- Check to see if it is a day with good weather so that guinea pig can dry off fast after the bath.
- Make sure to calm your guinea pig, baths are very stressful for them. Be patient.
- Fill the sink with about 1 inch (2-3 cm) of warm water. Let the guinea pig get used to the water by dipping their toes into it first.
- Gently scoop water up from the sink and pour it over their body. Make sure you do not get water directly onto their ears or face.
- Lather the guinea pig shampoo all over their body.
- Rinse the guinea pig two to three times to make sure all the shampoo is gone.
- Wrap them in a towel and then blow dry them on the cold setting.
- Now you have a clean fur baby!
- Yes! In fact, it is recommended that you fully dry them with a blow dryer (in a specific blow dryer setting). Once you have dried the guinea pigs enough with the towel, blow dry your guinea pig using 'cold' setting to prevent overheating your guinea pig. It is also recommended to use 'low' power to make sure help them be less scared.
- Short answer is no, but your guinea pig cage can smell according to how well you take care of your guinea pigs.
- Guinea pigs are clean animals, and they tend to groom themselves very well and often. If your guinea pig cage starts to smell, below are the possible causes:
- You are not feeding the correct diet. Your guinea pig may not be eating enough fiber (must have unlimited amount of fresh hay). You might also be giving the guinea pig too much sugary fruits or vegetables.
- You are not cleaning the cage often and thorough. You need to spot clean once or twice a day, as thorough as possible. Must do laundry as often as you can, typically once a week. Make sure you deep clean GuineaDad Liner once a month to reset it.
- Your guinea pig might be ill. If the guinea pig has urinary infection, their urine could smell more. If your guinea pigs have unhealthy poop, they could also have more smell. You should visit your local exotic vet as soon as possible.