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Subject: Disinfection and Hygiene in the kennel

Author: Nuyvilaq Working Dogs

Reading time: 5 min

At Nuyvilaq Working Dogs, Hygiene is of paramount importance and we maintain our training playing field regularly. Nuyvilaq Working Dogs has no kennels to allow our dogs to run wherever they want in or outside the house. We do have a training playing field where our dogs train and play regularly. So the training playing field must be cleaned and disinfected regularly. However, many dog lovers will be little familiar with some more background information. Hence this article.

When talking about "disinfection" and "hygiene", we would be wise to define these terms first, as they are often used in different meanings. Hygiene is sometimes described as "hygiene is a combination of all actions and measures that are taken to prevent contamination".

By interplay is meant that hygiene consists of very different parts, which everyone has to deal with at home and at work, such as washing hands, cleaning clothes, scrubbing floors, etc. Example of what is generally called "cleaning": the removal of dirt, so that a clean result is achieved "on the eye". By eye, because there are also contaminants that cannot be seen with the naked eye, but which can very well be the cause of contamination.

Microorganisms By this we mean very small, single-celled creatures, which include bacteria, fungi and yeasts. Under "favorable" conditions, one microorganism may have grown to a number of 4000 after 4 hours, and after 9 hours to a number of 128 million.

Unfavorable conditions for micro-organisms include extreme cold and high heat. However, some species manage to survive and even expand. Putting food in the refrigerator is by no means always a completely safe method to prevent spoilage. This depends on the type of microorganism with which the food is contaminated.

Some types of bacteria are able to change into a so-called spore during the occurrence of unfavorable conditions. When conditions improve again, the spore grows back into a bacterium.

Not all micro-organisms are harmful. For example, yeast in baking bread and mold in the preparation of cheese. So what matters here are the microorganisms that produce poisons and thus cause disease and food spoilage.

These are harmful and should therefore be disabled. As said: cleaning is not only sufficient for this, because microorganisms cannot be removed noticeably. on the contrary: wiping a surface with, for example, a duster or broom will cause spreading rather than removal.

Microorganisms by this mean very small, single-celled creatures, which include bacteria, fungi and yeasts. Under "favorable" conditions, one microorganism may have grown to a number of 4000 after 4 hours, and after 9 hours to a number of 128 million.

Unfavorable conditions for micro-organisms include extreme cold and high heat. However, some species manage to survive and even expand. Putting food in the refrigerator is by no means always a completely safe method to prevent spoilage. This depends on the type of microorganism with which the food is contaminated.

Some types of bacteria are able to change into a so-called spore during the occurrence of unfavorable conditions. When conditions improve again, the spore grows back into a bacterium. Not all micro-organisms are harmful. For example, yeast in baking bread and mold in the preparation of cheese. So what matters here are the microorganisms that produce poisons and thus cause disease and food spoilage.

These are harmful and should therefore be disabled. As said: cleaning is not only sufficient for this, because microorganisms cannot be removed noticeably. on the contrary: wiping a surface with, for example, a duster or broom will cause spreading rather than removal.

Disinfection There are various methods to combat micro-organisms.

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At Nuyvilaq Working Dogs, Hygiene is of paramount importance and we maintain our training playing field regularly. Nuyvilaq Working Dogs has no kennels to allow our dogs to run wherever they want in or outside the house. We do have a training playing field where our dogs train and play regularly.

Infections and contamination There is considerable confusion about the difference between the terms "infection" and "contamination". Contamination is the transfer of microorganisms from one place to another. Infection, on the other hand, is the transfer of microorganisms to living tissue (a wound, for example), which causes inflammation. An object can never be or become infected.

Disinfectants It goes without saying that chemical disinfectants must meet certain requirements regarding toxicity, corrosivity (rust formation),

damage to the skin. These requirements are of course partly dependent on the sector where disinfectants are used (hospital, industrial kitchen, swimming pool, sports hall, animal shelter).

Disinfection methods We can divide the way in which we disinfect into two classes, namely: First clean, then disinfect (2 steps). Cleaning and disinfection in one action. In general, heavily soiled surfaces must be cleaned before they can be disinfected. For example, if we treat a heavily soiled floor with a combined cleaning and disinfection agent, then not the floor, but the dirt is disinfected. Combined cleaning and disinfection is therefore only recommended if there is slight soiling.

All disinfectants that are placed on the market must be approved and approved by the government. This is indicated on the packaging by an authorization number. Cleaning agents without this number, to which a disinfecting effect is attributed, should therefore not be used for proper disinfection.

Disinfectants can be further divided into two groups, namely bacteriostasis and bactericides. Bacteriostasis themselves are unable to kill microorganisms. Their effect is based on the fact that they hinder microorganisms in their reproduction. A well-known bacteriostatic is "hexachiorophene" which is often used in soap.

Summary From the foregoing it may be concluded that disinfection, as part of responsible hygiene, should not be lacking in any kennel. However, this does not mean that every object and surface must be disinfected regularly, but only those surfaces or objects, the degree of contamination of which could pose a health hazard. Such as floors, decking and food and drink bowls. Disinfection or disinfection is an action of which the result is not immediately visible. Care is therefore a requirement.

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Microorganisms by this we mean very small, single-celled creatures, which include bacteria, fungi and yeasts. Under "favorable" conditions, one microorganism may have grown to 4000 after 4 hours

This can be done by: heating; dry treatment, irradiation and by adding chemicals' The first three methods do not apply to us. Combating microorganisms with chemicals is called disinfection and the chemical aids to be used for this purpose are disinfectants. "Disinfection is described as: treating surfaces in such a way that no contamination can be transferred".

 

This means that by this treatment certain chemical substances in the first place kill the vast majority of the microorganisms present, while further making the conditions such as to render growth of the remaining number impossible.

 

In other words; the number of microorganisms on a treated surface has become so small that an object that comes into contact with this surface cannot be contaminated.

In my opinion, it is preferable to disinfect the floors of kennels, in which dogs constantly reside and also do their business, every week. Kennels in which the dog does not need to go to the bathroom every two weeks and kennels in which the dog does not stay constantly once a month. We do rinse our training field every day with water and cleaning agent. But what I explained earlier, this is more part of cleaning up.

 

Odor problems are often difficult to solve, because most products only mask the odor, instead of removing the source of the odor. As a result, the smell disappears only temporarily and often returns quickly. The industrial odor remover we use, however, not only covers the odor, but completely destroys the odor source. This makes the product ideally suited for combating odors. We use a urine cleaner from environmental national, not the cheapest but the best.