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april_faith

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I was just wondering everyones takes on giving your piggies baths?

I keep Moo's cage very clean, but the other night he slept on some of his veggies and has a bit of a smell to him.

I have guinea pig/rabbig/hampster shampoo, and my plan was just to fill it with about an inch or two of warm water and shampoo, clean him up, and make sure to keep him in a towel and warm to dry.

Any thoughts?
 

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You should wash your pigs 3 times a year, so go for it.
 

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the occasional bath is fine. Guinea pigs really only need a bath when they get dirty, like in your situation. You can also use a hair dryer on the cool and low setting to help dry your guinea pig faster if you wish. I do this because it is very cold right now and I don't want them getting a chill.
 

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I did that. Its so cute when all their hair is puffed up whilst blow drying
 

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Great, it'll be the first time & I doubt he's ever been bathed coming from a pet store and all. Thanks a lot! :)
 

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My vet asked me if I bathe my piggies. I said no that I was told they dont need baths unless of course they actually got filthy or smelly. The vet said of course you bathe your pigs. Dont you bathe yourself? He didnt say how often though. So take it from there.
 

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Thanks for all the responses. I bathed my piggie a couple of hours ago, and it was quite the experience. He was absolutely adorable all wet, and Piglet you were right saying it's cute when they're coat gets all puffy!

He cuddled with me for about an hour afterwards, and now he is all smooth and smellin' good. Hooray!
 

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Long haired pigs need bathing more often that short haired pigs. For short hairs 3 times a year is fine, for long hairs that get dirty then every 2-3 months.
 

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I own several long hairs and find that they need bathing every two months at a minimum. I also have to cut their hair quite a lot or they tend to get smelly. I'm not sure if this means I don't keep them right or not but they have very think and long fur. I do groom them almost everyday also.
 

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My pigs like wading around in the tub, especiallly with a rubber ducky to follow. I save their baths for the warmer weather unless I'm introducing a new piggy.
 

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When you bath them, where do you do it and how do you do it?
 

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I do it in the bath tub with puppy shampoo(my mom won't let me get piggy shampoo til this runs out.)
 

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Thats cute, I have an image of a little guinea pig in a bubble bath. Hehe, imagination os a wonderful thing.
 

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dagwellismypigy said:
My pigs like wading around in the tub, especiallly with a rubber ducky to follow. I save their baths for the warmer weather unless I'm introducing a new piggy.
Wahah, that just sounds too cute! Next time please make some pigtures!
 

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my pig (boar) freaks out when i give him a bath. I gave him one about a month after i bought the poor thing. his hair started to smell hecka bad (and it wasn't the grease spot, since i checked that). but after the bath he was cool. i use that hamster/rabbit shampoo as well. usually though i just soap him up w/ a little water, then rinse him with one of those sink hose things, since i dont want stuff to go up his lungs.

but he really doenst like it. during the procedure he usually jumps about 10 times trying to get out of my hands or the sink, poops like crazy, hates being blow dried, and for about 4 hours afterwards he sits in his house and if you attempt to pet him he shutters.
 

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Its very stressful for my piggies to get baths. Right now they are getting fungal baths every week even though I dont think there is any fungus present. They hate it and so do I. AFter that, no baths for awhile.
 

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My pigs get so terrified whilst having a bath. They try to climb out of the bath tub, poor things!
 

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I have two pigs that really hate baths and two that seem to really enjoy it. The rest are all pretty indifferent.
 

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My pigs arent too bad when it comes to baths but I do have one boar that screams at you for it and just poops and poops and poops... I swear to you, in one bath, he manages to poop more than all of the other 7 pigs combined.
 

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I won't bathe my pigs. If they get dirty, they clean themselves, and if they can't clean themselves, I'll just do it with a wet towel. Sorry, but this goes beyond my understanding - unless you have long-haired pigs where I DO understand that they need a thorough cleaning from time to time.
 
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