How to care for Guinea pigs?
Guinea pigs are increasingly becoming, say, members of the Russian families. What are they so attractive? Actually this is one of the best Pets for children. They never bite and are not aggressive. However, in case of irritation of the maximum able to hit the offender with his teeth. By the way, Guinea pigs are very attached to humans and love being petted. However, they are very beautiful, so communication with them is great fun.
However, like any other domestic creature, a Guinea pig needs care. These creatures don’t need walking, unlike dogs, the house and occupy little space.
How to bathe Guinea pigs?
Meanwhile, Guinea pigs, and cats are very clean by nature. They can’t stand to be dirty. And this is despite the long coat of the Guinea pig or not at all. And frequency of bathing should be determined based on breed. Experts recommend to carry out the procedure no more than once a week. However, if the Guinea pig has appeared a speck on the body, it is not worth it to drag into the bath.
Experts advise bathing the animals in the sink, in a basin, well or bathroom. You should not pour too much water, otherwise the pig can get scared. Or try to wash sparkpod the showerhead. At the bottom of the sink or basin is put a piece of tissue that pads the pigs from slipping.
Bathing the pet store to buy special shampoo for Guinea pigs or rabbits. However, you can use products for cats. But shampoos for dogs are strong enough, so they should not be used without special needs. You can also use baby shampoo.
Bathe a Guinea pig in a warm, in any case not hot, water. Wet hair gently along the body using a small bucket or Cup (or watering can shower). No need to pour water on the head of the animal. Eliminate the entering of the nose and ears of the animal. While wetting and soaping the hair around the head, squeeze the ear with your fingers to the head. Thus, the water and the foam will not fall in the ears.
Next, apply the shampoo on the fur and massage. Be careful not to get foam into your ears and eyes. Muzzle later, wipe with a damp cloth.
It should be noted that some pigs can stand during water procedures safely. However, most animals try to jump out. So keep them in your hand always. Remember that soap is very slippery pig. And if it be washed in a soaking tub, then she won’t run far.
Once you have massaged the animal with foam, rinse with clean water.
Long-haired pigs after this procedure should be applied to the hair balm. After that it will be easier to comb wool would be nice and the pig. Balm again, is spread evenly across the animal’s body with massage movements. Then again to rinse.
How to wash a Guinea pig?
The bathing is over and you can wrap a Guinea pig in a thick towel. It will absorb the excess water. You can use a napkin from a special fabric that absorbs a lot more liquid than a normal towel. When squeezing this cloth is ready for use again.
How to dry your Guinea pigs.
After wiping the pig should be prepared for drying. It must quickly and thoroughly dried, otherwise the animal may feel ill. Take a hair dryer and a comb with rare teeth. Some experts will handle long-haired Guinea pigs special vitamin spray. It facilitates combing, prevents tangling of hair and, further, protects the hair from sawdust and dirt.
The dryer should be kept at a distance so that the jet of air is not concentrated in one place. It is necessary to move the warm air through the body. Special attention should be paid to the stomach. Before you finish this procedure, make sure that the wool is dry everywhere.
Caring for a Guinea pig
After this animal, you can go home in a cage. And during the day after bathing is not a Guinea pig put on the street.
How to care for a Guinea pig?
By the way, this hygienic procedure does not end there. Constant care need teeth Guinea pigs. If the food is not sufficiently solid, the teeth of the animal will quickly grow, and will hinder him. And too the large cutters can accidentally damage the gums, lips or the tongue of rodents. As a result, the animal stops eating and begins to starve. This situation could fix the vet. But to prevent the owners, giving a different to chew on wooden objects. You can put in the cage with branches of fruit or coniferous trees, willow and lime.
You need to care for and claws Guinea pigs. Particular attention should be paid to the claws of old animals. They are not erased, as a result of the animal you can see the uneven and curved claws which make it difficult to walk. In this case, they need to cut using regular nail clippers.
In some specimens the claws are weakly pigmented and in their depths you can see the blood vessels. So pruning them is under the light of a Desk lamp. Only there you can cut part of the nail, without causing discomfort to the animal.
If the claw is dark brown or black, the location of blood vessels is very difficult to determine. Here to handle the paws need special care. Cutting off part of the claw, try to leave the end slightly beveled inward. Then the claw will not lose its normal shape. Better if a new cutting edge will go across the claw, since the oblique cracks. If the cut began to bleed, gently DAB it with a cotton swab moistened with water. But if the bleeding is heavy, then drag the foot with a bandage. However, before you put the animal in a cage – get out of there carefully, to prevent infection to the wound.
What to feed a Guinea pig?
Between bathing a Guinea pig should be brushed. Short-haired animals do not need combing, but if you want you can brush the coat with a soft brush. But long-haired animal need to brush at least every other day, paying special attention to tummy and paws. Here collects matted hair, tangle of straws and excrements. The rolled hair is best cut. The pills need to get slightly to the side and nail scissors to cut off a piece of wool. It should be noted that during shedding seasons brush pigs have any hair.