Helpful tips

What kind of brush should you use on a guinea pig?

What kind of brush should you use on a guinea pig?

Soft Bristle Brush
The best brush for short-haired guinea pigs is a Soft Bristle Brush. These will not only remove dead and loose hair but will also promote a glossy coat.

Are Merino guinea pigs rare?

Merino guinea pigs are a rare breed. However, this breed is not for everyone due to its high-maintenance nature. A Merino requires constant grooming for it to remain healthy.

How often do you brush a guinea pig?

Typically, guinea pigs need to be brushed only once or twice a week to minimize shedding. Brushing also gives an owner a chance to monitor their pet’s skin for parasites (such as mites or lice), lumps, or crustiness — all of which warrant a trip to the veterinarian.

What do you use to groom a guinea pig?

Use a soft-bristled brush to groom the overall guinea pig. Then take a small, soft tooth brush and comb each rosette from the center outward. Teddy cavies have unique hair coats. The equipment needed to groom a Teddy includes a metal flea comb, a metal wide-tooth comb, and a slicker brush.

Do guinea pigs need their nails trimmed?

Guinea pigs require regular nail trimming. This is an important part of their grooming needs because their nails tend to curl and can grow into their footpads. Overgrown nails can result in damage to the skin by causing open wounds on the feet.

How many toys should a guinea pig have?

Guinea pigs enjoy a variety of toys. However, too many toys in the cage is not a good idea. Your pig still needs space to run around and exercise. Keep one to three toys in the cage at a time.

How long do Merino guinea pigs live?

Merino Breed Profile

Fur Long, dense, curly
Rosettes None
Characteristics Crown
Lifespan 4 – 6 years
Suitable for Experienced owners

How big do teddy bear guinea pigs get?

12 inches long
The teddy guinea pig is large for a rodent but small for a pet. They grow to be up to 12 inches long, and they weigh in at anywhere from 1-4 pounds once they become fully grown. The boys are usually a little bigger than the girls. They feature round, slightly upturned noses and fluffy heads.

Can I give my guinea pig a haircut?

If you want to give your guinea pig a hair cut, be careful not to cut too close to the skin, and be extremely careful not to snip its skin or ears. The haircut should not be carried out by children or anyone nervous about the procedure.

Can I use hair clippers on my guinea pig?

Cutting your guinea pig’s hair is perfectly fine as long as you’re doing it carefully and your guinea pig seems comfortable with the activity. Cutting their hair is even a vital part of making sure your guinea pigs remain healthy.

Do guinea pigs need a bath?

Guinea pigs are known to be an extremely clean creatures who groom themselves very often. Please do not bathe your guinea pig unless it is necessary. Unnecessary baths will result in dry fur coats and skin. If your guinea pigs often smell bad, it usually boils down to the possibility of guinea pig being sick.