June 22, 2024 1 min read

Proper cleaning and disinfecting are crucial in maintaining the health and safety of your dogs. In this article, we'll explore the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting, and provide best practices for effective kennel hygiene.

Understanding the Basics

  • Cleaning: Removes dirt, feces, and other debris using soap and detergent. It does not necessarily kill germs or parasites.
  • Sanitizing: Typically used for food preparation areas. It reduces the number of bacteria to safe levels.
  • Disinfecting: Kills germs on surfaces using chemicals. It is essential to clean surfaces before disinfecting to ensure effectiveness.

Best Practices for Kennel Hygiene

  1. Daily Cleaning: Remove all visible dirt and feces daily using soap and water.
  2. Effective Disinfecting: Use appropriate disinfectants and ensure they remain on surfaces for the recommended contact time.
  3. Safe Use of Chemicals: Always wear gloves and eye protection, ensure adequate ventilation, and follow label instructions.

Preventing the Spread of Disease

  • Regular Disinfection: Disinfect high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and brooms.
  • Foot Baths and Booties: Use foot baths at kennel entrances and provide booties for visitors to minimize contamination.

Conclusion Maintaining proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols in kennels is vital for the health of your dogs. By following these best practices, you can ensure a safe and hygienic environment for your pets.

**This article is based on a webinar hosted by breeder educator and microbiologist Ji Khalsa, Founder of Midwoofery. CLICK HERE to watch "Protect Your Litter: Advanced Strategies for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Preventing Parasites in the Whelping Pen".