Washing your guinea pig involves rinsing the cavy in water, and may include shampooing. They may also be allowed to swim in water which only comes up to their ankles and allows them to paddle. Most guinea pigs' skin isn't suitable for regular bathing, so it's advised to not wash your pig unless it is very dirty.
- Human soaps and shampoos are unsuitable for guinea pigs and will irritate their skin. Some people use very mild baby shampoo, but the best option is an appropriate animal shampoo. Consult your vet before using any.
- Bathtub. Some people bath their guinea pigs in a sink, but there is a risk they will jump out and fall to the floor. If your guinea pigs' claws are not sharp, the bathtub works well, but they may scratch it. Another option is a small plastic container; this is best if placed on the floor.
1. Run a shallow lukewarm bath, about 1 or 2 inches deep depending on the size of your pig.
2. Gently place the Guinea Pig/s in the middle of the bath, and allow time for him/her to adjust to the new, wet environment.
3. Pour warm water (using a small cup) over the Guinea Pig until its body is wet. Avoid the eye, nose and ear area. Wipe the face with a damp flannel if it is dirty, but do not get water in the eyes, ears or nose.
4. Follow the instructions on the shampoo packet. If it says "massage" or "lather", gently stroke the shampoo through the fur in a circular motion, so the fur sticks up and is covered in shampoo bubbles.
5. Rinse them carefully - be sure that the guinea pig still does not get water in its facial area.
6. Put them straight on a towel and dry them gently. You may be able to dry it using a hairdryer at a low setting, but the sound may frighten some.
7. You may want to wipe their eyes, ears, and nose using cotton wool.
8. Brush and comb the fur once they are reasonably dry.