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San Bruno Pet Hospital 1111 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066
Phone: (650) 583-5039
Fax: (650) 763-8620

Hospital Hours
M-F: 7:30a-6p
Sat: 8a-5p
Appointment Hours
M-F 8:30a-5:30p
Sat: 8:30a-4:30p

After Hours Emergency
Emergency Clinic


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NOTE: These are offered
as general information
only and NOT a substitute
for a visit to your
veterinarian. If you feel
that your pet has a
problem that may require
urgent attention
call us at (650) 583-5039
immediately. If after hours,
contact the emergency
clinic (650) 348-2575.
How do I bathe my guina pig, rat, or rabbit? 
It can be very difficult to safely bathe your rabbit or rodent, but it can be done. And here are some tips:
  1. It will require 2 people, one to hold your pet, and one to do the bathing. 

  2. Put a kitchen towel on the bottom of the tub or sink for traction. This will make your pet feel more comfortable and secure. Have a plastic cup ready for pouring rinse water over your pet or use a hand held water faucet or shower head. Be sure the water is comfortably warm. Dilute the soap with water in a plastic cup. 

  3. Choose a soap that is mild, certainly not a flea shampoo. Apply the soap, lather up being careful to get the folds around the genital area. And rinse well, being careful to rinse the genital area. 

  4. Usually guinea pigs just need a foot or lower back shampoo. Some of them will get very greasy over the lower back from oil glands. Spot cleaning these areas is fine.

  5. Male rats can have a stronger body odor. And bathing their rear body may be all that is needed. Neutering them can prevent this odor. 

  6. Rabbits can have serious injuries during baths from struggling and kicking hard. If your rabbit is acting up during a bath, I would suggest bringing him or her to us for future baths. These injuries can be very serious. 

  7. If your pet has fleas, use the prescription products we recommend. It will be safe and effective. And remember that to get rid of fleas, all of the pets in your home need to be treated for fleas. 
by Dr Elaine Salinger
VMD, Medical Director