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Cleansing and disinfection of kennels

This is very labour intensive, and is reserved for instances where disease has entered a kennels, or where low grade disease cannot be resolved. The effort required for a proper cleansing and disinfection (sometimes called deep cleaning) is reduced when the routine biosecurity procedures are used, since the kennels will already be clean. Vehicles used for transporting greyhounds will also need to be included.

 

The dogs will need to be moved out of the kennels to a secure area.

 

Protective clothing and observance of health and safety regulations is very important due to the hazards of pressure washing and disinfectant spraying in enclosed spaces.

 

Choice of disinfectant

 

Greyhounds are very sensitive to the effects of phenolic disinfectants so products containing any derivative of phenol, chlorophenol, chlorocresol or chloroxylenol must be avoided (e.g. Jeyes Fluid).

 

The GBGB recommends the use of Anigene (formerly Trigene and Distel) or Virkon.

 

Cleansing and disinfection is broken down into several stages:

 

Due to the amounts of water and disinfectant that are likely to be used, consideration must be given to the ways in which the dirty water will leave the premises, including the possible contamination of water supplies.

 

Once the disinfectant has dried, the equipment may be reinstalled and the kennels put back into use. Record the date, and the name and amount of disinfectant used.

 

Cleansing and disinfection can be built into the general yearly routines for a kennel, with biosecurity procedures in use during the daily running of the kennel.