Grooming

For most short haired breeds this is just a case of bathing every 4-6 weeks with a suitable shampoo in order to prevent skin problems.

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Ensure your guinea pigs are fully dry before returning them to their quarters- especially if they are outdoors. A hairdryer on the lowest setting can be used (with care).

After the bath claws should be cut. Hold the guinea pig firmly with one hard or better still enlist a helper! Using large human nail clippers cut slightly below the pink bit called the quick (there the blood and nerves are) on the white part. Cut slowly and if the animal seems unhappy perhaps you are cutting too near the quick.

If you are unsure get an experienced owner or your vet to show you. Long haired breeds need daily brushing to avoid tangles and careful trimming when their coat grows too long.

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