Should you wash guinea pigs?
Guinea pigs clean themselves, so baths are rare.
Certain ailments make a bath necessary; otherwise you might bathe a guinea pig if its long coat is particularly soiled or if you’re showing the pet for conformation.
Bathing a rodent can pose health risks.
Can you wash guinea pigs with human shampoo?
Human hair shampoos contain chemicals that can irritate guinea pig skin and eyes. Find a specially formulated small animal shampoo at your local pet store. Shampoos labeled for guinea pigs, rabbits or kittens are gentle enough for guinea pigs.
Can I use Dawn to wash my guinea pig?
Please do NOT use Dawn dish soap. Guinea pigs who have really gunky grease glands can have a drop or so of Dawn applied to cut through the grease and clean their hair in that area, but they should NEVER be bathed with it. Children’s shampoo is also not appropriate for piggies — it’s too harsh.
How do you bathe a guinea pig in the winter?
If your guinea pigs are in need of their monthly bath (or every other month, in the winter) then it’s best to do this on a day with good weather when they can dry off quickly. Guinea pigs don’t enjoy being wet, and particularly in cold climates bathing guinea pigs and not drying them off properly can give them chills.