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Top 5 Best Guinea Pig Shampoo – Natural and Effective

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On average, guinea pigs need to take baths about 2 to 3 times a year to keep them clean and fluffy. And shampoo is a huge part of the process. However, it’s hard to find a good guinea pig shampoo, let alone shampoos for small mammals in general. Our piggies have very sensitive skin and fur, so it’s very important to choose the right shampoo for them.

In this article, we’ll be going over what makes a good guinea pig shampoo, what to look for, the 5 best shampoos for them, and what alternatives are safe for them. So I highly recommend reading this article all the way through. Now let’s dive in.

What makes guinea pig shampoo different from regular shampoo?

Guinea pig shampoo is a shampoo specifically designed for guinea pigs along with other small mammals. They have more natural ingredients and don’t contain harmful chemicals or substances that are common in other shampoos.

Atlantic Rush Critter Shampoo for Small Pets

Best Fragrance-free Shampoo for or guinea pigs with sensitive skin or allergies.

Liquid volume: 8 Fluid Ounces

Made for: ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, hamsters, and rabbits

Scent: Fragrance-free

This is an excellent choice for guinea pig owners looking for an unscented, gentle, and moisturizing shampoo. Its natural ingredients make it suitable for pets with sensitive skin. However, its price point might not appeal to everyone. Overall, it’s a reliable option for maintaining your guinea pig’s hygiene and comfort.


  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Fragrance-free
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Maintains skin’s natural oils
  • Safe for use with topical flea treatments


  • Higher price
  • It’s not common to find in stores


  • Deionized Water
  • Surfactant Blend
  • Coconut Shampoo Base
  • Almond Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Glycol (Soothes the Skin)
  • Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifies, Makes Fur Conditioner)
  • Natural Cherry Extract
  • EGDS (Conditioner)
  • EDTA (Aids Ingredients in Blending)
  • Proprietary Blend of Optical Brighteners
  • DMH Hydantoin (Preservative)

Best for guinea pigs with stubborn dirt or odours. Budget-friendly

Liquid Volume: 4.2 Fluid Ounces / 125ml

Made for: Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets, Chinchillas, Degus, Rats, Gerbils, Syrian Hamsters, Dwarf Hamsters, and Mice for 12 weeks of age

Scent: Fresh Dewberry

This shampoo is a great budget-friendly choice for all small mammals. It doesn’t have too many ingredients, and it’s quite effective. But keep in mind that you have to be very careful not to get the shampoo into your guinea pig’s eyes because it can harm them.


  • Mild and non-irritating formula
  • Budget-friendly
  • Fresh Dewberry scent leaves a pleasant fragrance
  • It contains citronella to repel insects


  • Specific surfactants and other ingredients are not listed
  • It may not be suitable for pets with specific allergies or sensitivities

Ingredients: Citronella and a pleasant dewberry fragrance

Best for guinea pigs with sensitive eyes or prone to tears during baths. Great for regular use.

Liquid volume: 12 Fluid Ounces

Made for: small pets, puppies, kittens

Scent: Fresh

This shampoo is great for most pets and it’s soap-free. Its tearless formula ensures a comfortable bath experience, especially around sensitive areas like the eyes. And because of the mild ingredients, it’s suitable for those who give their pets baths more frequently. This shampoo is on the pricy side though, and takes a longer time to rinse off.


  • Gentle and tearless formula
  • Suitable for all stages of pet life
  • Moisturizes and prevents dry skin
  • Easy on the hands of the bather


  • Specific surfactants and preservatives are not detailed
  • Fragrance may not be suitable for pets with sensitivities


  • Sodium Sodium Tridecyl Ether Sulfate (creates foam and removes dirt and oil from the coat and skin)
  • Purified Water
  • Cocomidopropyl Betaine (increases foaming)
  • PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate (helps blend oil and water-based ingredients)
  • PEG-150 Distearate (thickening agent)
  • pH Adjuster
  • Cosmetic Grade Preservative
  • Phthalate-free Fragrance

Best for guinea pigs with dry or itchy skin.

Liquid Volume: 16 Fluid Ounces, 128 Fluid Ounces

Made for: all animals over 6 weeks.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

This shampoo’s gentle, hypoallergenic formula, makes it a soothing and effective cleanse for your potato-shaped furball. Not only that, the shampoo comes in other types like lavender scented or Natural Hypoallergenic. It does have a few minor drawbacks like packaging and price. However, the overall quality of the product makes it a worthwhile investment for conscientious pet owners.


  • good for pets with pets with dry, itchy, sensitive skin
  • All the ingredients are natural
  • pH-Balanced
  • recommended by veterinarians


  • some users say the packaging makes it easy to spill
  • Higher price


  • Purified water
  • colloidal oatmeal (Used for a variety of skincare problems and to soothe itchy, dry skin)
  • renewable plant-derived & coconut-based cleansers
  • organic aloe vera
  • vitamins A, B, D, & E
  • panthenol (A form of vitamin B5)
  • preservative.

Best for environmentally-conscious pet owners who want 100% all-natural ingredients

Liquid Volume: 8.45 Fluid Ounces, or 3.5 ounces in soap bar form

Made for: Small mammals including guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, chinchillas

Scent: Unscented

For pet owners seeking a natural and effective shampoo solution for their small animals, J.R. Liggett’s Small Animal Shampoo is a promising option. It’s great for small mammals with sensitive skin. Now even though it’s technically unscented, because it’s full of essential oils, there will be fragrance.


  • Natural and gentle formula
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
  • Easy to use and long-lasting
  • Free from synthetic chemicals and detergents


  • It might not be as widely available in local pet stores compared to other brands, necessitating online purchases.
  • Some reviewers reported that the shampoo isn’t strong enough to remove dirt.


  • Saponified Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Hemp Oil
  • Neem Oil
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Hydroxypropyl Cellulose (Nature Derived) – thickening agent

Essential Oils:

  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Lavender Oil

Can guinea pigs have cat or dog shampoo?

Even though cat shampoos have less harmful chemicals and are gentler, certain chemicals can still irritate a guinea pig’s skin. The pH levels of cat shampoos don’t match the skin of a guinea pig, so they should be avoided if possible. 

Then again, every shampoo is different; some are more suitable for your guinea pig than others. If you choose to use dog or cat shampoos to bathe your guinea pigs, don’t use the ones that say it removes fungal because the chemicals are way too harsh.

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Can you bathe a guinea pig with baby shampoo?

While it’s possible to bathe a guinea pig with baby shampoo, it’s generally not recommended. Baby shampoos are designed to be gentle on human infants, but they are not specifically formulated for guinea pigs and their unique skin and coat needs.

So, if you’re using baby shampoo for your piggies, choose ones that are fragrance-free, tear-free, and as gentle as possible.

Guinea Pig Shampoo Alternatives

Sometimes it can be hard to find a good guinea pig shampoo, or maybe you’re pressed for time. In that case, there are several options that you can use to clean your potato-shaped piggies.

  1. Pet-safe Rinse-free shampoo: these shampoos won’t work if your goal is to remove dirt on your guinea pig, but they can do the job for a quick clean.
  2. gentle baby shampoos: Like I said, baby shampoos should be used as a backup option, but a good baby shampoo can work great too. A budget-friendly option for this is Johnson’s baby shampoo.


Finding a good guinea pig shampoo is hard, and I hope this article helps you choose the right one for your guinea pigs. My favourite is the Davis Tearless Pet Shampoo because it just works for my piggies.

Make sure to ask your vet if there’s a shampoo that you’re not sure your guinea pig is okay with. Every guinea pig is different.

Remember, bathing your guinea pig doesn’t need to be a stressful process. I see it as a great way to bond with your piggy.

If you have trouble giving your guinea pig a bath (I mean, it can be VERY stressful), don’t worry! This article will guide you step by step, with all the details, plus a video tutorial!

Well, that’s all for this article, feel free to continue exploring this website. See ya!

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