How to Bathe a Guinea Pig

Do you have a Guinea pig? These adorable furballs make great pets! Just like any other animal, Guinea pigs, or cavies, as they are sometimes called, need proper care in order to thrive. A comfy habitat, good diet, regular veterinary care, and suitable toys are all very important to your pet’s health and well-being. Your cavy will also need the occasional bath. Here, a Livonia, MI vet offers some helpful advice on bathing Guinea pigs.


You may find it easiest to bathe your tiny furball in the sink. Check the water temperature before getting your furry pal wet. The water should be lukewarm, not too hot or too cold. Some cavies don’t mind being under running water. Timid Guinea pigs, however, may be very scared of it. If you have a bashful pet, just fill the sink with a few inches of water, and splash your pet gently to get him wet.


Only use shampoos that are made specifically for small animals. Any other products, including baby shampoo, could irritate your cavy’s skin.

The Bathing Process

Once your cavy is wet, pour some shampoo into your hand, and then gently lather him up. Be careful not to get shampoo in the little guy’s eyes! When you’re ready to rinse, you can let your Guinea pig soak in a few inches of shallow water in the sink, and gently splash and/or pour water on him to rinse his back. If he doesn’t mind, you can hold him under the faucet. Just don’t get his head and face wet, and keep the water flow slow, so there isn’t too much pressure.


Never leave your Guinea pig unattended in water, even just for a minute. While you are bathing your tiny buddy, keep a close eye on him the whole time.


When your pint-sized pal is rinsed and clean, wrap him in a soft towel and cuddle him for a few minutes. This will help dry him off a bit. You can finish the process by blow-drying and gently brushing your pet. If you use a blow dryer, keep it on low, and don’t put it too close to your pet. Make sure your Guinea pig is completely dry before you put him back in his cage!

Do you have questions about Guinea pig care? Contact us, your Livonia, MI animal clinic, anytime!

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