1 tbsp baking soda
3 drops lavender oil (lavender as essential oil may be not too good for them even though they can eat lavender, but this is a very small amount)
(This makes a huge batch of which you'd use little but I didn't want to use too much baking soda or lavender oil. Cornstarch alone could be used for a dry shampoo.)
I'm going to stop putting in lavender oil but use lavender buds when my plants get bigger. I had to use this outside as it was very dusty. I lightly brushed the shampoo off with a quite soft dry natural bristle body brush (what's mine usually ends up theirs).
Result and conclusion: slightly drier butt area. No caking. It was important to keep the dust away from their faces so they didn't breathe in so much. Most of it brushed off but I wonder if the remaining dustiness would be okay for them when they groomed themselves.
Another thing I have tried on the recommendation of a vet was use warmed wheat germ to absorb oils. It was way harder to get the wheat germ out.
Would like to hear if you have any thoughts or comments? :)
- Cavy Comic
As for baby wipes, there are pet wipes and I imagine the ingredients would be similar except for "natural" versions.
Wet paper towel is safe.
Oh what a headache. I never thought something so simple could be so problematic!
- Cavy Comic
Baking soda is an alkaline substance, which lowers the blood pH level, which will be deadly in pigs, not in humans, because of their sheer size. Sodium bicarbonate side effects can include congestive heart failure, severe dehydration, confusion, muscle twitching, brain bleeds, kidney stones, kidney failure, hypertension, and as it lowers stomach acid, it will slow the rate of absorption of meds within 2 hours after intake. It can cause a stomach rupture too.
I would NEVER use baking soda around pigs myself, NEVER. I know some people use it under their fleece to reduce odors, not even that, because they could get to it if they get adventurous.
piggledy I'm not sure if the ingredients are the same. I just used what my exotics veterinarian told me to use. I worked at PetSmart through graduate school and I do remember that there was variations int he pH of wipes based on the species they were made for.
- Sewing for a Cause
Wash cloth fan myself but sometimes wipes are handy. A old small plastic container (about 1/2 to 1 pint in size is good) with a lid you can cut a "X" in the top, several paper towels, and plain water will make a perfect sized wipes container for a day or two, then wash and refill as need. You really don't want paper towels standing wet for long, even if it has vinegar in, it will mildew. But this works out well when I have several pigs that need a bum and foot clean up and I don't want to use a load of wash cloths. Can add a small splash of vinegar to the water and mix it before adding paper towels, if you feel it is needed.
Never put anything dusty on them. It can be inhaled into the lungs and cause an upper respiratory infection and it will be ingested when the pig does grooming.
I don't see how this concoction could possibly offer a cleaning benefit other than the lavender maybe covers up odors.