For many of us, our furry four-legged pets are considered family members and there isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for them – providing the best care for them when in need is no exception.
I recall when my brother Marks’ German Shepherd, Sam, started to get hip dysplasia – Mark found an indoor swimming pool catered to dogs and took him there religiously in an effort to provide some pain relief. There is truly no limit to the amount of care we will provide to the people or pets that we love. So when it comes to selecting an animal hospital or veterinary clinic you want to make sure it’s clean and the right fit for your pet.
As with human hospitals, there are numerous viruses that are present and can cause your pet to leave with a condition that could be detrimental to their health, hence, the reason animal hospital needs to be clean as thoroughly as human hospitals.
Let’s explore a few of the practices which should be implemented to ensure that these viruses are killed and do not spread amongst the patients.
Appropriate cleaning agents
The first line of defense is selecting the appropriate cleaning agents. Many veterinary clinics use peroxide-based cleaners, however, we have learned that they aren’t nearly as effective as other products specifically designed for such clinics. Peroxide-based products lose effectiveness over time which could possibly not kill any intended viruses and thus lead to an outbreak. Our suggested product, Turbo DC, kills a plethora of viruses including canine parvovirus and canine influenza, 2 of the most prevalent viruses.
“Clients could face significant treatment costs if their pet picks up either of these viruses at the hospital:
1. The average cost of parvovirus per canine: is $1,467
2. Most expensive case of canine parvovirus: $11,063
3. Average cost of influenza per canine: $534
4. Most expensive case of canine influenza: $5,147
When it’s time to think about your cleaning crew – please consider us as we are well-versed and have the knowledge to ensure the correct products will be used.
Trained and informed crew
Next, your crew must be trained and informed of the various products, cleaning practices, and procedures that will be performed.
“We have protocols posted in the prominent areas, and all duties are listed on our daily a.m./p.m. checkoff list. We have shift leaders who are responsible to ensure all duties are done at every shift. We also have a safety protocol topic at every staff meeting and at least twice a year the topic will be on disinfection and cleanliness.” said Judi Bailey, CVPM, hospital administrator at Loving Hands Animal Clinic in Alpharetta, GA.
We abide by this mantra as well – with so many moving parts to the hospital, it is essential to have a specific regime in place so that all areas are properly cleaned. Posting the check-off lists we have found to be of the utmost importance. Too many times these types of lists get placed in a manual located in a drawer that no one sees and then it is wondered why certain things get overlooked. Prior to moving forward with our company we will come and create a scope of work tailored specifically to your facility and have it properly displayed so all cleaning duties are accounted for.
Lastly, since we have been cleaning these hospitals we have noticed that the floors tend to be the trickiest subject. Many hospitals have VCT which is easy enough to clean with the appropriate agent and then mopped up, however, you need to consider that with any flooring of this nature and it is a hospital numerous buckets with the cleaner need to be accessible as there are constant spills, leaks, accidents and fluids on the floors.
We have noticed a trend of late that many hospitals have been switching to textured flooring which is less slick and aids in the animal’s walking. The downside to this is these floors is that they are not as easy to clean. Since they are textured – every time we mopped a little bit of product was caught in those crevices and since we mopped 8 times a day that became an issue quickly as they became dangerously slick for people to walk on.
After numerous attempts, we discovered a product that naturally broke down any enzymes left on the floor and with proper mopping removed any dangers. Allow us – who have already worked through the dilemmas and issues that occur in animal hospitals to provide you with our knowledge which will leave your facility as clean as possible.
Our pets are part of our families and deserve to have the best care possible when they are sick.
We have learned and implemented tactics to ensure a clean environment for your patient when they are there and would love to share this knowledge with you.
Please contact us to further learn about the best cleaning practices for your animal hospital.
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