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Grooming Bathing/wiping/cleaning

Mousewife

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Few questions:
How often do you bathe your piggies? What shampoo do you use?
Do you have a preferred wipe for keeping them clean, especially around the grease gland?


I find my boys usually need a wash 2-3 times a year. I haven’t found a shampoo that I like for them, so I use a small amount of Avon sensitive skin bubble bath. It is often used as a pet shampoo and my boys haven’t had any reaction to it.

I don’t have any preferred wipe and will occasionally use a neutrogena face wipe to clean around their bottoms. I don’t know if it’s a very good idea, though.

Thoughts, input, preferences appreciated.
 

Aznurf25

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I found this video from Scotty's Animals (so much great info on his site!) and I ended up purchasing the same exact shampoo and conditioner. They're from the dollar store, so even better!
1st - anti-fungal shampoo like Head and Shoulders
Then VO5 Extra Body Shampoo & Conditioner

I try not to give mine a bath too often, usually when they get extra smelly. I try to do it in the summer so it's not cold.

Watch his video and you'll learn more:

He also recommends: Davis Miconazole Pet Shampoo https://amzn.to/2ZpElHC

Hope that helps!
 

Guinea_Pigs_Are_A_lifest

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I like to use Mane and tail shampoo and conditioner. I find I have to bathe my pigs 2-3 times a year, like @Aznurf25
 

4boipigs

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I don't bathe my guinea pigs (have not had a need to). When they do need a little extra care from something like sitting in their pee, I use hypoallergenic dog wet wipes leftover from when I had a dog.
 

ItsaZoo

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I don’t bathe mine on a regular basis. However, I did get the Davis Miconizole shampoo for Millie shortly after I adopted her.

She had the start of podermatitis and the ointment she was prescribed wasn’t clearing it up. Then she had some dry areas on her ears and I suspected she had a fungus. I checked with the vet and then ordered the Davis shampoo. I thought it was a good product. It lathers well and is gentle. The fungus cleared up in about a week.
 

Guinea Pig Papa

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Leo has had ongoing fungus issues. I've used the ointment with miconozole, and it helps but he has multiple patches and its very time consuming and stressful for him. So I bought Nizoral shampoo, and began bathing him with it once weekly. He's had four baths so far and hes come a LONG way.
 

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Soaking with the shampoo really helps to get the layers of fungus off. I saw some videos by LA Guinea Pig Rescue and Cavy Central that showed how they treat fungus.
 

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I just wanted to follow up here. Leo had his fourth bath in 5 weeks with Nizoral today. After he dried, this afternoon I checked him thoroughly. For the first time in a very long time, all of the scabby patches are gone. His skin is finally clear.
 
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