Ah...warm spring weather, at last! Flowers are blooming, the trees are starting to burst, the birds sing us awake every morning...
...and our pets are all shedding.
Guinea pigs, even the short-haired ones, shed their fair share this time of year. They get itchy. Our clothes acquire a layer of the hair their bodies no longer need or want. Like dogs and cats, they need the help that only a brush can give them. But while they need the help, and while brushing them is an additional opportunity for a little bonding time with them, the wrong brush can ruin their grooming experience and make them determined to escape your lap at all possible costs.
Super Pet makes these great soft-bristled brushes that even short-haired guinea pigs (who are notoriously picky about being brushed) will like. The bristles effectively grab loose hair without scraping guinea pigs' delicate skin, and are easy to clean without jabbing and poking at your fingertips. These brushes have been spotted at Petsmart and at some independent pet supply stores (like Pet Super-bowl in Stratford), and are easily found on online retail sites.
Another good brush -- particularly for long-haired guinea pigs -- is this soft wire brush made by Lawrence. Unlike many (too many) of the wire brushes produced for small critters, this brush's wires have rounded tips that are easy on guinea pigs' skin. I originally found this brush on The Winking Cavy, a U.K.-based purveyor of products for rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, and hamsters (and the humans who love them). You likely can find it a little closer to home with a little searching on the Web.
Your guinea pigs will thank you!