Guinea pigs are clean animals, therefore bathing is only necessary three or four times a year. In most cases, bathing is needed only when the pig has somehow gotten dirty or when oil glands are smelly.
Things You'll Need
- Small container or sink
- Several towels
- Small animal shampoo
- Small cup
- Hair dryer
Ensure that the room in which you're bathing your guinea pig is warm to avoid getting him chilled. Gather all supplies nearby so you do not have to stop to get something.
Fold a towel and place it in the bottom of the container or sink. This will prevent slipping and help your pig feel more secure.
Fill the sink or container with two inches of warm water. Test the water to ensure it is not too hot or cold.
Place the guinea pig in the water and allow him a minute to become accustomed to it. Speak to him soothingly and pet him to keep him calm.
Pour water over his body gently until he is completely wet, except for his head. Guinea pigs are capable of cleaning their own faces and do not need them washed.
Pour a dab of small animal shampoo in your hand and start working it into his fur, starting at his rear end and moving toward the head. Work the lather in well, making sure to get it all the way to the skin.
Rinse the fur very well with warm water. Massage the fur to ensure there is no more soap left, as it can cause skin irritation.
Wrap the guinea pig in a towel and rub gently to dry his fur. Once the first towel is damp, switch to a dry towel. Use a hair dryer on a low heat setting to completely dry him, testing it on your own skin first to ensure it is not too hot.
Never leave your pig unattended in the water. If another person is available to help bathe your guinea pig, that is ideal.