The following requirements are outlined in the State Government of Victoria’s Code of Practice for the Operation of Greyhound Establishments
Hygiene & Cleanliness
- All pens must be cleaned out AT LEAST once each day by hosing or other appropriate means after picking up/removing all solid waste, used or dirty bedding, and removing all uneaten food.
- Kennels must be disinfected ONCE A WEEK or when the occupant of the kennel changes
- All watering and feeding utensils must be cleaned DAILY
- Solid waste needs to be disposed of in a manner that meets local government and EPA requirements – preferably via a domestic or trade waste service. Wastes must NOT be incinerated.
Why Do I Need to Disinfect?
Every day our greyhound’s immune systems are exposed to a variety of bacteria and viruses from exposure to other dogs, people and the environment. Proper vaccination, wholesome food, clean water and low levels of stress can all help the greyhound to fight off disease, but if we allow the levels of disease causing microorganisms to build up, eventually the greyhound will succumb to disease.
How often should I disinfect my kennels?
If the population of dogs at your kennel is not changing then you will only need to disinfect the kennels ONCE a WEEK. If there is a change of dogs, then the kennel needs to be disinfected IN BETWEEN one dog leaving and the next one arriving.
Note: You are required to clean out every kennel by hosing or other appropriate means at least ONCE EACH DAY (or more often if required) after picking up any droppings, used bedding, or leftover food – the disinfection is additional to this.
If you have greyhounds that are unwell, you may want to disinfect MORE OFTEN than once a week to help prevent the spread of disease and to reduce the contamination of your kennel environment.
What should I use to disinfect my kennels?
There are many products on the market that will kill bacteria and some that will also kill viruses. You need to be using a product that is a ‘HOSPITAL GRADE DISINFECTANT’. Hospital Grade disinfectants vary from some brands of bleach (such as DomestosTM) to those specifically designed for kennels or vet clinics (such as Parvocide/Microcide, F10TM). Make sure you are not simply using a very expensive cologne – you want something that actually kills bacteria, fungus and viruses!
You will need to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you are using the product safely and correctly, and that you are storing it in a way that does not make it inactive. You will also need to follow all of the safety instructions in regards to handling the product.
How do I apply it?
Some disinfectants can be diluted in a mop bucket and applied with a mop. Others can be sprayed or ‘misted’ on and left to work. Depending on the disinfectant you may be able to leave it on, or may need to rinse it off after a set amount of time – please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you are applying it correctly, and if necessary, leaving it on for an adequate amount of time.
Most disinfectants will not work on ‘organic material’ (dog droppings, food remnants etc.) so it is important that you remove all of these prior to applying the disinfectant.
Will it be safe for the greyhounds?
Some disinfectants become ‘inactive’ after a certain amount of time – meaning that they pose no danger to a dog that may lie on or brush against the cleaned surface. Others will require that you thoroughly rinse the product off. If you are cleaning food or water bowls, and feeding utensils, make sure that you do rinse them thoroughly before they are used again.