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Cleaning Kennels

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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to clean and disinfect a kennel between patients.

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Heather Fisher's picture

I love on the foor... However, this is a disappointing video. Contact time.... your squirt bottle gives you less than 10% of the surface area, which is contact time on only the equivalent surface area. The only spots with contact time are under your small lines of product. Spray bottles can be used and walked away from for 5 minutes, people CAN safely hold their breath intake while spraying.

I just disagree with the fundamental principles you use here. I still think you offer great info.

Twylah Sperka's picture

Agree with this comment. In order for the contact time to be meaningful the entire surface needs to be covered with the disinfectant. Though spray bottles may aerosolize the chemical they are much better at getting the entire surface area covered with the disinfectant before the clock starts on the contact time. Wearing a surgical mask could help with this. If aerosolized methods of contact are not chosen then some other system for saturating the entire surface to be cleaned should be employed. Another method would be to saturate a rag to dripping wet and use this to apply to the area to be disinfected before starting the clock.

Jessica Waters-Miller's picture

Hi Twylah,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough comment and you are so correct! Comments like this help us reevaluate videos so that we can keep them accurate and up to date.

Mike Santasieri's picture

Don't forget the latch handle! This is the most commonly forgotten part of the cage when cleaning and it's the part you touch every time before and after handling the patient.

Megan Brashear's picture

Heather, thank you for your comment, cleaning and disinfecting is SUCH an important part of our job it's great to have discussions. The issue of the squeeze top vs spray is supported by the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine program, for both the health of the humans and for the patients. The humans can certainly hold their breath while spraying but the patients are still exposed. It does take more liquid to cover the surfaces, and in the case of isolation patients or potential MRSA/MRSI this process is done at least twice.

Megan Brashear's picture

Thank you Mike! You are so right, that latch is probably the dirtiest part of the kennel and certainly needs attention

janns duncan's picture

I found this to be very informative as I will be doing my externship sometime in the next couple of months.

Lindsey Lara's picture

I would love to know which types of disinfectants you use there. We are currently using a bleach dilution and I'm reading that it is not ideal as it has a very long necessary contact time and it degrades rapidly once mixed.
Thanks for any information!

Chris Green's picture

Hi Lindsey,

Generally, we use Vindicator as the general go-to cleaner for almost everything – counters, kennels, etc. We use Dawn dish soap for dishes/litter boxes, etc. and for cleaning scrub grates or sinks