How many times have we heard our mothers say «do not get into the water that will give you a digestion cut»? Now with the arrival of heat it is once again one of the most repeated phrases by mothers in all the pools and beaches of our country.
ABC.es speaks with him Doctor Gonzalo Guerra Arrow, Digestive specialist and founder of the Medical-Surgical Center for Digestive Diseases (CMED) in Madrid to answer all questions about the digestion cuts.
What is a digestion cut?
It is here that we find the first false myth since the digestion cut does not exist as such.
«What really happens is a peripheral shock due to vasculation difficulties and these people who suffer from it die drowned by immersion not by problems in digestion, ”explains Dr. Gonzalo Guerra.
Therefore, the culprit of this type of death is the strong impact with cold water when you get very quickly and sharply, and not having eaten recently as we have always been told.
«A person can happen this when shower at home with very cold water, but nothing happens there because you get dizzy and fall, the problem comes when it happens in the pool or at sea, that you lose consciousness and drown by immersion, ”adds the founder of the Medical-Surgical Center of Digestive Diseases.
The digestive specialist ensures that the digestion process can last up to four hours, so despite getting into the water, the digestion process continues thus dismantling the theory that you have to wait at least two hours After eating to bathe.
To prevent a "digestion cut" or a "peripheral shock" from happening, Dr. Gonzalo Guerra always recommends enter the water little by little, wetting each part of the body very slowly to cause a "habit of the organism at that cold water temperature."
«The problem comes when you suddenly enter the water. If you enter slowly you realize that something is happening to you and you can react and get out of the water, ”adds the doctor.
The symptoms that a digestion cutting principle has is that we enter a state of obnubilation, headache, blurry vision, drowsiness, ringing in the earsand some people lose even knowledge.
«That is why it is very important to get out of the water at the minimum symptom», Recommends Dr. Gonzalo Guerra.
External deworming with pipette
A wide variety of brands has this product format, simple and easy to place, so owners can manage it at home. It is deposited at different points along the column, trying to keep our dog from licking this area (depositing the greatest amount between the two scapulae is recommended for this reason). From this moment the product interacts with the fat layer of the skin of our animal and absorption occurs. The contents of the pipette is spread throughout the body and offers protection against parasites. The protection is usually one monthAlthough it may vary depending on the product, a veterinary professional can advise you on the treatment.
Bathe my dog before the pipette
If you have thought about bathing your dog before placing the pipette, we recommend that you do not. Pipettes need a layer of fat to distribute and, many times, the bathroom removes or minimizes this layer. In addition, if the pipette is applied with the wet body surface, the absorption will also be diminished since the small drops of water will prevent the product from entering the interior.
Therefore, to ensure the effectiveness of the pipette we recommend avoid the bathroom before placing it. If the bathroom is necessary for any situation, such as that your dog has decided to batter in the puddles, apply the pipette between 24 and 48 hours after bathing to allow time for the fat layer to regenerate.
Bathe my dog after the pipette
Taking a bath to our dog right after the application of the pipette can be counterproductive. And if your question is ‘I can bathe my dog after the pipette? ’You should know that pipettes are usually oily and some owners think it is very unpleasant and dirty but it is a matter of time. The product will gradually be absorbed and that fat stick will disappear, but if we take a bath to our dog too soon the effectiveness of the pipette will be affected, since part will be eliminated and part will interact with the water in its distribution.
The leaflet of each product will indicate how much time should we let from the application of the pipette until we can take a bath to our dog, ensuring the effectiveness of deworming. If you want to know when I can bathe my dog after the pipette, the answer is that you can usually bathe the animal after 48 hours.
Other forms of external deworming
Although pipette deworming is the most common form of external deworming, it is not the only one. There are other options that affect the bathroom differently.
At present there are tablets that are ingested orally and that directly attack the parasites external as its components are absorbed at the level of the intestine and blood are distributed through the skin. This form of deworming yes allows bath before and after, since it does not interact with the effectiveness of the product. The protection also usually lasts 1 month.
We can see each other in extreme cases where a dog is terribly dirty and full of fleas and ticks. In these situations, where the animal needs an impending bath, we can use an antiparasitic shampoo in addition to cleaning, attack the parasites. This shampoo is not totally effective since it usually acts only on adults (not on eggs), but it gives us room to put the pipette at 48 hours and thus protect it correctly.
We also found in the market antiparasitic spray applied topically over the entire surface of our animal easily. This can be a good tool at specific times or as extra protection on summer nights, for example, for mosquitoes.
Another form of protection is antiparasitic collars, these are a good preventive and have a longer protection time, between 3 and 6 months. As well It is advisable to remove them at bath time Although many trademarks ensure that they are waterproof and their effect is not affected by water.
In conclusion about whether I can bathe my dog after the pipette, so that the effectiveness is complete it is not recommended bathe our dog neither before nor after the administration of the pipette without respecting the times marked by each product. Also highlight that prevention must be our best ally, so even if we do not observe parasites, deworming must be strict and routine so that our partner is in the best conditions.
When can I start bathing my puppy?
The minimum recommended age to start washing your dog regularly is at least 3 months. Before that time it is not necessary unless it becomes very visible or smells very bad. Never bathe your dog when it is in the care of the mother, since she is in charge of her hygiene and if the puppy had other odors than her own (which is normal when we use a shampoo) I could refuse it.
How do I get him to accept the bathroom normally?
Doing it right from the beginning is the key to everything, since in this way your dog will relate it as something positive and fun, and you will never see it with fear. Follow these tips and you will see how you will not have problems with it:
- Present the bathroom as a positive activity. We achieve this with caresses, prizes and compliments. Reward him every time he shows collaborative and don't forget to give him time and patience. Make it a day that you are not in a hurry, such as a weekend or a day off at work.
- For small dogs we can use a plastic bowl with the appropriate measure. For large dogs we can use the bathtub.
- We must control that the water temperature is correct, neither too cold nor too hot, as well as an adequate room temperature. Use the shower head always at low pressure.
- Choose a exclusive dog shampoo, preferably hypoallergenic and with neutral PH. If you have questions about which one you should choose here, we help you choose the dog shampoo your dog needs.
- Prepare a towel to dry it well after bathing. it is important to dry your entire body well and especially his ears. If your dog is big or long-haired we can make use of a dryer Small (one trip is ideal) but as long as we use it at low power and at a suitable distance. Always check the temperature of the dryer!
How often should I bathe my dog?
Frequency is something that varies in each type of dog, mainly because of its type of hair and skin. In general terms it is usually recommended once a month. But there are exceptions:
- Large or long-haired dogs We can increase the frequency to twice a month.
- Small or short-haired dogs You can reduce the frequency to a bath every two to three months.
Of course, if you live in the countryside, your house has a garden or your puppy is one of those who loves to rub down things (often very dirty) you can increase the frequency. Do not hesitate to take it to the shower if your dog starts to smell a little bad, after all we all like to show off a clean and well-groomed dog, right? 🙂
Can I use my usual shampoo?
No. The shampoos we use are not indicated for dogs. The skin of dogs is different from that of humans, so if we use our shampoo we can dry out their skin, cause irritation and eventually even cause skin allergies. Dogs must use exclusive products for them, so we avoid that all these skin problems can arise.
I have several dogs at home, can I bathe them all with the same shampoo?
We can use the same shampoo with several dogs as long as their hair has the same characteristics and needs. For example dogs of the same breed or dogs with the same type of hair. When they have different characteristics, the ideal is to use a specific shampoo for each of them. One of your dogs may need a hair loss shampoo, another needs a shampoo for sensitive skin and another that protects the shine of your hair.
My dog doesn't like water. What can I do?
If for some reason it is impossible for us to bathe our dog there are other alternatives, such as dry shampoos. These are applied to your hair while giving them a gentle massage. Then it is not necessary to use water to remove the product, since within a few seconds it is completely absorbed. Unfortunately, although these shampoos work very well, they are not as effective as a water bath.
The importance of health hygiene
The quality of life of human beings has been highly rewarded since hygiene is part of our lifestyle. Hygiene does not only refer to bathrooms, but also customs such as brushing teeth and hands, proper food handling, cleaning at home, etc. Within these customs, pets play an important role in our health.
According to the IFH (International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene), the main sources of infection are other human beings, food, water and finally ... pets. They themselves recommend keeping the animals in good health and hygiene conditions so that they represent a lower risk, a vaccinated, wormed and CLEAN pet does not represent any health problem, unless we let the dogs come from the street with their legs full of germs and let them climb to the surfaces where we are currently preparing food.
And let's not panic thinking that animals are going to infect us and transmit diseases, more fear we have to have other people we greet and to know if they have washed their hands after taking or cleaning who knows what things. In addition, all current studies suggest that living with pets helps physical and mental health in many ways, and that children who grow up with animals (not like animals) tend to be more empathic and less prone to allergies. But of course you have to have two toes and maintain proper hygiene of our pets and our home.
On the other hand, a clean dog will not only have a better quality of life, but will generally be healthier. This is because as in us, baths help them prevent infections, diseases and better control external parasites.
If I bathe my dog loses the natural fats of the skin
The most widespread truth-lie of all. Of course your dog loses natural fats when bathing, just like we lose them, but that does not stop us from showering, on the contrary, we use good products or use body milk to rehydrate the skin. You just have to see people who use moisturizing gel and body milk and those who do not use it, the skin of the former is always in better condition and healthier. And not to mention those who do not wash, their skin is usually cracked, sick, without elasticity, more prone to infections ... well the dogs.
50 years ago there was no specialized animal cosmetics of good quality or the information that exists now, so in each bathroom we were removing dirt and essential fats for skin health, so it is understandable that in those times bath was associated with damage , but today, when we have countless good products for pets, this excuse is no longer valid.
It hurts the skin's pH
Another truth-lie myth. Although the pH is essential for the health of the skin and it is true that when bathing the dog the pH is altered, it does not mean that it hurts. The pH usually returns to its normal values after a few hours naturally and in fact the pH of the skin is also altered every time the dog gets wet, not only when we use shampoo. Many who defend this myth of pH, do not hesitate to let your dog bathe in the river, the sea or in the pool full of chlorine.
In addition I return to the same, we also have the happy pH and that does not prevent us from bathing. So no, bathing the dog will not charge its pH forever.
Water gets in your ears and will give you otitis
Well yes, there are those who have given me this as an excuse not to bathe the dog or wash his head.
It is very difficult for water to enter the dogs' ears during the bath unless we are too clumsy and put the shower head pointing directly into the ear. In addition the little water that could drain during a normal bath will come out as soon as the dog shakes its head.
Do we worry about water in our ears when we take our dogs to the pool, the beach or the river? Well, there should be more risk and nobody questions it, but at bath time we have to look for everything.
It's bad because staying wet is bad for them.
Wow A completely true myth. Regardless of whether it is a bath or we take them to the beach or the pool, staying wet is bad for your health. It is very important that we always dry them very well to prevent moisture from causing fungus problems and bad odors. In dogs with folds like Shar Pei or Bulldog, you have to pay special attention to drying.
A dog that remains wet is more prone to catching colds and having osteoarthritis problems in old age, so you know, it is very important to dry them properly, except when the dog has the possibility of drying out in the weather by itself, but this should be moving so that the heat of the body helps evaporate moisture and never, never leave the dog tied to the sun to dry it.
Drying a dog correctly is the most complicated part of the bathroom, I know many professionals who when they receive this question from their clients recommend little bathing because they know that because of the type of hair or size of the dog they will not dry it properly and if there are problems, they will blame them for having recommended frequent baths, when the fault is not to dry well, not the bathroom.
If it smells like perfume the other dogs will not accept it
How many times have we not heard that "a dog should smell like a dog"? It really is true, a dog must Smell a dog, not BET a dog. I think there is a very big difference between one thing and another and we have to learn to differentiate it. Dogs like to smell a dog, for them, smell is very serious, but no matter how much strawberry it smells after bathing, the other dogs will still smell the dog under the strawberry aroma. Do not forget that they have a smell much more sensitive than ours, so where we smell like cake, they smell flour, egg and milk.
What is true is that dogs hate to smell "good", always within human criteria. That is why I never recommend the use of perfumes and much less shampoos that leave the poor smelling of fruit all week. The high ranges of shampoos tend to have little fragrance, both to avoid "offending" the canine smell and to avoid allergies, and the perfumes they use are usually quite pleasant even for dogs. In this way we reach a midpoint between not offending his nose or ours.
He gets stressed, gets very nervous, hides and bites
This happens by not teaching animals since childhood or by doing it in bad ways. A dog that has been taught since childhood and with positive reinforcements, learns to enjoy the bath. It is true that there are many who never get to like or enter the bathtub willingly, but it is not that they die of fear, they simply do not like it but accept it as something routine.
If your dog has a panic in the bathroom, it is not a reason not to bathe him, it is the moment when you rethink your work a little more confidence. And if it bites ... something is very wrong from the basic education and you should consider correcting it with a professional trainer / ethologist.
If you are afraid of the veterinarian, will you not take it when you get sick?
Reasons to bathe a dog frequently
As I said at the beginning, the first thing is for your health. It does not matter if the dog lives inside or outside, think that although its hair is a barrier that protects the skin, if we leave it without long bathing all that crap that swarms in the environment will end up reaching it. It is not about cleaning the dust or bad smells, it is about cleaning the pollution of cars, factories, tobacco smoke, scrub residues soils that we use, bacteria that are collecting on the street ...
Do you really think that cleans itself or disappears by magic? Do we let all those contaminants accumulate for months in the hair? Or will it be that your hair is magical and disintegrates all that waste or does it directly act as a repellent and do not stick to it?
Another reason is that dogs that live inside the house must for our own good have proper hygiene. Frequent brushing is essential but insufficient to keep an animal with whom we share the sofa and bed clean enough. Animals are never dirty, dirty ones are the owners that don't keep them neat.
And then how often can I bathe my dog?
It will depend on the lifestyle, size, breed or type of fur of the animal. It would never occur to me to recommend a Newfoundland owner to bathe the dog every week in the mini bathtub of his house and with a small hand dryer. Normally small dogs like Chihuahua, Maltese, Yorkshire, Shih Tzu, can bathe every one or two weeks. If they are long-haired the more baths, the better they will have hair, since good products will help nourish and hydrate the skin.
Chinese Crests can bathe once, twice or three times a week, while medium or large Golden Retriever, Collie and Labrador dogs can do it once or twice a month. And if you bathed them yesterday and today they have bathed in a giant horse poop, then to the bathtub again.
Contrary to popular belief, dogs that live outside in the countryside can space the bathrooms much more than those in a flat. The reason? that in the field mud baths can occur and thus this acts as a detergent that helps them get rid of pollution, but of course for the human criteria of cleaning they will be dirty and stinky, so they should bathe at most every two months.
On the other hand, dogs that live on the floor are usually city dogs that are more exposed to pollution, tobacco and germ-filled sidewalks and more quite unpleasant things, so baths should be much more frequent. And more if we take into account that it is precisely those who live permanently in a closed space with us.
If you can not bathe your dog comfortably at home or you have no way to dry it properly, you can go to a dog groomer to arrange frequent visits for maintenance. Many offer this service and can be very economical, especially if we take into account the cost of water, electricity and extra work that leads us to bathe it at home.
And be careful with wanting to remove the brown from the bathroom using dry shampoos. These products are for specific occasions, such as vomiting and pissing during travel and very puppy or convalescent animals. In addition, its cleaning capacity is negligible compared to a normal shampoo.
If it were so bad to bathe dogs frequently, all those dogs we see in dog magazines and exhibitions would already be dead. Many of these dogs bathe religiously every one to two weeks and are usually the ones with the best and healthiest skin and hair.
Personally I like to sleep with my dogs and I refuse to do it with one that stinks or leaves the bed full of crap, I like my son to play with them without being obsessed with later washing and disinfecting his hands, I like my Dogs are healthy and well cared for, so I worry about giving them the best possible food, activities that keep them healthy mentally and physically and I bathe them with the best products I can get, for their health and that of my family.
Leave a drinking fountain available
At all times of the day the dog may be thirsty and it is necessary to have a full container. But attention, do not get used to drinking too much because that is not good for your health. If we are going to be away from home all day we put a larger drinking fountain.
Keep the food well
Do not put the feed in the fridge or in a humid place. Do not leave it within reach of your pet, since it will not hesitate for a moment to tear down the bag and eat until more can not. If you give homemade food, pay attention that it is in good condition, well refrigerated and has not been contaminated.
Avoid taking him for a walk
It is not good that as soon as you have finished eating, take it for a walk and much less to exercise. The animal needs to comply with the digestion process as calmly as possible. Nor is it recommended to do so just before eating because the movement whets your appetite and is likely to eat more and desperately.
Don't play with him
Think of your pet as if you were yourself. When you have just finished eating, do you feel like going for a run, playing basketball or riding a bike? Of course not. Something similar happens in the dog. Do not bother him and insist that he look for a branch, do not throw the ball and do not urge him to play.
Don't let him drink too much water
Dry feed upon reaching the stomach should decompose and not "inflate." This happens if the dog drinks a lot of water after eating. Serve a little and remove the drinker after a few minutes. Wait two hours to give it water again.
These tips for before and after feeding the dog are very easy to carry out. And they are excellent for your pet's life!
Yamila Papa Painter is a sports journalist (Circle of sports journalists, 2006-2008). Between 2010 and 2011 he worked as sports journalist in "Argentinos Pasión".
Since 2011 he works in the article writing on different topics: health, sports, travel, pets and cooking recipes, among them. It is also radio and television broadcaster, and a great enthusiast for natural life. It is vegetarian and active participant of a foundation in charge of planting trees in his country of origin, Argentina. In terms of languages, he is fluent in English and Portuguese, and has a basic level of Arabic.
He recently completed his training with the course of: »Introduction to Food and Health» (Stanford University, 2019)
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