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Bathing My white piggie is turning yellow. Yuck!

Mrs_Ames

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I have read that while giving your piggie a bath you are not suppose to get water on there heads or face. I have a all white piggie and he is so miscolored and yellow on his chin, neck and tummy. What can I do about this? His fav food is banana and that isn't helping with the yellowness! His fur is sort of stiff and just looks gross. He doesn't smell, just looks dirty. Should I go ahead and bathe him or wait until he cleans himself? Thanks!
 
I had the same problem before for about a month. It looks so disgusting!

For me the yellowness just went away on it's own. You could try special 'No tears' shampoo for your piggie. You are right about not putting water on your piggie's head or face because it can frighten them or get the water in their eyes or ears.

How long has the yellow been there for?
 
No need for bath if it's just food all over their face, my pig gets it all the time from lettuce, they can clean their selves up... like cats. I do have to warn you about pigs and bananas, it can give them bloat :)
 
He hasn't been yellow for very long. Just recently started getting bad, like crunchy looking. Poor piggie, he looks so nappy!
 
No need for bath if it's just food all over their face, my pig gets it all the time from lettuce, they can clean their selves up... like cats. I do have to warn you about pigs and bananas, it can give them bloat :)

Yeah I have heard people say stuff about banana's before. It is is fav food. I have given it to him since I got him. Never had any trouble! Thanks though.
 
It's most likely caused by urine, they do have that lovely tendency to sleep where they poo & pee. No human shampoo as they often contain harsh sulfates, silicones & paraffin as well as other dangerous ingredients. Either use a special guinea pig shampoo like Squeaky clean & check the ingredients, or purchase Gorgeous guineas shampoo that are especially made for guinea pig's sensitive skin. As well as ointments & other awesome items.
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Bananas are not a daily food and should only be fed in very small amounts as a treat occasionally. It could cause bloat which in a worst case scenario can be extremely painful and possibly lethal. Please read the Diet chart in the diet section for a proper safe diet. Fruits should not be fed more than a few times a week at most because of the sugar.
 
Bananas are not a daily food and should only be fed in very small amounts as a treat occasionally. It could cause bloat which in a worst case scenario can be extremely painful and possibly lethal. Please read the Diet chart in the diet section for a proper safe diet. Fruits should not be fed more than a few times a week at most because of the sugar.

I am very aware of there diets, I don't need a chart. That is not the point of this post. I am asking about the yellow, not how to feed. Thanks.
 
I've got one with a white chin, and it periodically turns green. She does a pretty good job of keeping it clean, but I occasionally wash it for her with Squeaky Clean kitten shampoo. Several people I know of with white guinea pigs swear by Gorgeous Guineas shampoos.

I think, however, that the dirty tummy is from him either sleeping or resting in places where there's urine/poop. It may help if you put some small pads in the cage to see if he's rest on those, and then you can change them more frequently. That may help get more mileage between baths.
 
Usually most are not when first getting to this forum, I do hope you've taken a look in the diet section & charts that the cavy diet specialist Ly created after many years of research, where most other advice elsewhere is outdated or even harmful. Just making sure you do have an appropriate diet & isn't feeding banana & fruits as any form of daily staple, and that you are aware of which vegetables that are needed daily. Those charts are a real lifesaver in the store. :)
 
Usually most are not when first getting to this forum, I do hope you've taken a look in the diet section & charts that the cavy diet specialist Ly created after many years of research, where most other advice elsewhere is outdated or even harmful. Just making sure you do have an appropriate diet & isn't feeding banana & fruits as any form of daily staple, and that you are aware of which vegetables that are needed daily. Those charts are a real lifesaver in the store. :)

My piggies are only fed fruits a couple times a week and are given veggies daily.
 
I wasn't talking about human shampoo, sorry if I forgot to add that. The 'No Tears' shampoo is made for ferrets, and can be found in good Petstores. Ferrets are known to have a preety unpleasant odor and will turn yellow, without these special shampoos. Since they are made for ferrets to over come yellowness and odor (you don't have to worry about the odor part) it might help to use a shampoo that is made for ferrets and not piggies.
 
My daughter washed her male guinea with baby shampoo and it helped him alot. His fur stopped being such an odd tinge, smelled better and felt so soft. Our guinea isn't white, but he is two toned.
 
You just made me laugh! :crazy: By any chance, is he a Teddy? (I associate nappy with hair texture)

My boy is an Abby and has a perpetually dirty white chin, depending on what he has eaten recently. Most often it has a green or red tinge. I admittedly sometimes wash his chin if we are having company or if he is going out with me. And, yes, he doesn't mind car trips and hangs out in the baby seat of a shopping cart when I can take him into a store.

It's pretty chilly in Indiana this time of year and I would be cautious about giving him a full body bath. If you decide to do so, there are tons of posts on the forum (including mine) about bathing. You must dry him as much as possible with a hairdryer on low and keep him out of drafts. It's almost impossible to get a longer haired cavy completely dry with a hairdryer (they won't tolerate it that long), so you have to be sure to keep him in a warm area until he finishes drying on his own. Don't use any harsh products or something that could be potentially toxic for him to ingest.

Yes, using a specialty shampoo made for small animals would be an ideal solution. However, not everyone can afford to buy lots of extras when they are just making ends meet.....as are many people these days. I use a natural, unscented baby shampoo that doesn't produce lots of suds--and apply it sparingly--so that it doesn't require lots of rinsing and multiple changes of water.

Hehe no he is just a short haired! I ended up giving him a bath with just water. I don't have any shampoo and the nearest petstore is an hour away. I will have to pick some up soon! He still has a yellowish look under his chin but he is at least clean! He hated his bath. Poor baby!! :) I live in Southern Indiana so its actually very mild right now. Its been in the 40's all week.

Although I did just adopt a sheltie...So that will be a new grooming challenge! :)
 
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