Posting this reference guide from another site on how to take care of Guinea Pigs because we have a new pair of Guinea Pigs at home last 10 June 2015 which was given freely to me by a colleague who happens to be a breeder.
- Brush your Teddy once a week at least and use a slicker brush will help get rid of any loose hair and help to slow down any moulting.
- An alternative brush that you can use is a wire cat brush but take care not to hurt them by being too rough with it as you could scratch their skin.
- A lot of people like the way their hair stands on end, and a good way to keep their hair standing up nicely is to brush the other way up their body so rather than head to rump, brush the other way rump to head.
- Teddies tend to have a dryer skin than other breeds of guinea pig, so do take care when bathing them. http://teddybearteddies.webs.com/ reccomends no more than 3 baths a year and use a specialist shampoo. http://www.gorgeousguineas.com/ have a very good range.
- When bathing them use a bowl of shallow warm water (or a sink) and then rinse them, apply shampoo and rinse again using the warm water.
- Try not to get shampoo in their ears. You can do this by spot cleaning their head with a cloth.
- Dry them with a towel to stop them from getting cold.
- Take care to clean their ears each month as their ears do get a wax build up. Use a drop of mineral oil in each ear to loosen up the build up and take a cloth around your finger and remove the wax.
- They will need their nails clipped once a month to ensure that they don’t grow too long.
- They eat a standard guinea pig diet of 75% hay topped up with veggies and fruit not to mention vitamin c pellets and fresh water.
- Their cage will need cleaning out once a week thoroughly to keep it clean. They do appreciate a clean and fresh cage so it is a priority to do this. Spot clean the cage daily to get rid of any poops that have appeared.
- Never use sawdust, but line their cage with newspaper, hay or another suitable bedding such as fleece.