Vettech disinfecting a cage with wipes

How to clean and disinfect a cage

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Cleaning and disinfecting are different processes but both essential to any veterinary disinfection protocol. Exam rooms and cages should be cleaned and disinfected immediately after use to prevent any disease risk and keep things moving efficiently. Here is how to effectively clean your kennel or cage in four steps:

1. Pre-clean Surfaces

Cages must be clean from visible soils like dirt and feces to allow for disinfectants to effectively target viruses and bacteria. Rescue products allow you to do both in one step effectively due to the tested detergents and disinfectants built into the formula.

2. Apply disinfectant using format of choice

Wipes

Pre-moistened Rescue wipes can be used to disinfect cages in addition to high touch surfaces and items above the floor like exam room counters, sinks, door knobs, stethoscopes, scales, thermometers, and computer equipment.

SurfacesContact TimeDescription
Exam Tables, Cages, Kennels1 minute
5 minutes
Virucide and Bactericide (except for Canine Parvovirus)
Virucide (including Canine Parvovirus)
Stethoscopes, Door knobs1 minute
5 minutes
Virucide and Bactericide (except for Canine Parvovirus)
Virucide (including Canine Parvovirus)
Ready to Use

You can also use the Ready-to-use product by spraying onto a clean cloth or directly onto the surface ensuring surfaces remain wet for the required contact time. After the contact time has been reached you can wipe the surface dry with a clean cloth or simply let it air dry.

SurfacesContact TimeDescription
Exam Tables, Cages, Kennels1 minute
1 minute
Bactericide
Virucide (including Canine Parvovirus & Feline Panleukopenia)
Grooming & handling equipment1 minute
1 minute
Bactericide
Virucide (including Canine Parvovirus & Feline Panleukopenia)
Concentrate

Floors are ideally cleaned and disinfected using concentrates. A dilution of 1:64 or 2 oz. per gallon is appropriate for daily use at a 5 minute contact time. If there is concern of an infectious disease, use a dilution of 1:16 or 8 oz. per gallon for a contact time of 5 minutes. After the contact time is achieved, you can let the surface air dry or rinse with water if desired.

AreaDilutionContact TimeDescription
Animal Housing areas & Enclosures1:64 (2 oz/gal)5 Minutes
10 Minutes
Virucide, except for *Canine Parvovirus
Bactericide
High Risk/Quarantine Areas1:32 (4 oz/gal)10 MinutesVirucide (including Canine Parvovirus)
Confirmed Disease/Outbreak Conditions1:16 (8 oz/gal)5 MinutesVirucide (including Canine Parvovirus),
Bactericide, and Fungicide

3. Ensure contact time is met

Ensure surface remains wet for the required contact time.

4. Allow Surface to dry

With all formats, after the contact time is achieved, you can let the surface air dry or wipe dry with a clean cloth if desired.