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How to Get Rid of the Smell of Guinea Pig Scent Glands

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Guinea pigs have a scent gland, or grease gland, which is located just above where you'd expect to find a tail. The oil secreted by this gland helps guinea pigs mark their territory, but the area around this gland can become greasy, sticky and smelly, especially in males. If the area around your pig's gland is stinky, you can clean it with mild soap and water. Removing the oily buildup is important to prevent infection and irritation.

Step 1

Place a towel on the bottom of your sink to prevent slipping, and then set your guinea pig on the towel. Keep one hand on his back at all times to help him feel more secure.

Step 2

Wet your pig's rear where the gland is located using lukewarm water. Unless your guinea pig requires a full-body bath, leave the rest of his coat dry.

Step 3

Massage a shampoo or cleaning product safe for use on guinea pigs and other small animals into your pet's greasy or sticky coat. Follow the product's instructions about how long to leave the shampoo on before rinsing.

Step 4

Rinse the area well with lukewarm water. If any greasiness remains, shampoo and rinse a second time.

Step 5

Dry your pig well to avoid chills. Pat the area dry with an absorbent cloth, and then wrap him up until he's warm.