Cleaning a kennel is something that every dog breeder faces on a daily basis. Let's face it, dogs can be messy and while the mess is worth the time you get to spend with your dogs, breeders have become experts on what cleans the kennels the best. In fact, it is a common discussion amongst breeders and they all know the best disinfectants that you can use in your dog kennels.
So let's go through the five best disinfectants that you can use for your dog kennels. While we look at them, we will discuss safety and price so you have the best bang for your buck while still being safe for your dogs and puppies.
What is the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting?
Before we look at the disinfectants in our list, I wanted to point out one small difference between cleaning and disinfecting. First, most people clean and disinfect at the same time. However, cleaning is the removal of dirt, debris and other organisms. Cleaning may remove the grime, but it does not remove the germs that can lead to infection.
Disinfecting is the step that kills viruses, bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi as well as any other organisms that cleaning didn't catch.
If you keep your dog kennels clean and tidy, you may not think that you need to disinfect, however, that is not the case, it is important to keep a daily or weekly disinfecting schedule to help prevent germs from taking root in your dog kennels.
A broad sprectrum disinfectant, Rescue Disinfectant is actually in high demand, which often means that you can only order a limited amount when you purchase it.
Like other products on our list, Rescue Disinfectant is both a disinfectant and deodorizer. It works on a large range of surfaces and will kill bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew and fungi; all of which can pose significant risks to your dogs and puppies.
One of the nice thing about Rescue Disinfectant is that it can be purchased in three varities: wipes, concentrate and formula. The wipes and formula are already premixed and will kill a range of germs including those that cause salmonella, canine parvovirus, staphylococcus and canine distemper.
The concentrate has been proven to kill the same strains of germs but generally 50% faster. You can use the concetrate with full force or you can mix 1 ounce with a gallon of water for a dilute similar to the formula.
Overall, it is versatile for big cleaning or small disinfecting and can be used safely in your dog kennels.
Top Performance 256 Pet Disinfectant
Another broad spectrum disinfectant, Top Performance 256 Pet Disinfectant is a popular disinfectant that is used by breeders, groomers and even vet offices. It can be used on multiple surfaces and is excellent at both cleaning and disinfecting.
With Top Performance 256 Pet Disinfectant, you can use it safely regardless of the animals you are caring for. It effectivly kills viruses, including parvovirus, fungi and bacteria that can be found in your kennel environment. It also deodorizes the air when you disinfect with it.
While the price can seem high for the concentrate at 69.89USD per gallon, it is so effective, one bottle can last for month. The suggested amount to use per one gallon of water is 1/2 an ounce.
It can be sprayed onto surfaces with a spray bottle or can be used as a floor and surface cleaner.
Finally, it comes in a variety of scents that doesn't have a lot of harsh chemical odors with it. If you are looking for an effective disinfectant, this is one to get.
ProVet Logic Animal Facility Concentrated Disinfectant
If you are looking for a disinfectant that works in your dog kennels around young puppies, this is definitely the one to use. ProVet Logic Animal Facility Concentrated Disinfectant is actually a versatile cleaner that can be used as a floor and surface cleaner and also as a spray disinfectant.
While we are looking at it for dog kennels, the spray is designed for any environment that houses animals from horse stables to catteries. The cleaner will kill canine parvovirus, canine hepatitis, rabies, salmonella and more.
It is mixed with water, 1 to 4 ounces to every gallon of water depending on what you are combating with the disinfectant itself. You can use it in a mop bucket or pour it into spray bottles and use it as a daily surface disinfectant.
While it is safe to use with your dogs, dogs should not be in the room when you are cleaning the surfaces. In addition, it needs to stay wet on the surface for 10 minutes to effectively kill all of the germs. Make sure you have time to properly use it to the directions.
This is definitely a great disinfectant to have and while it doesn't have harsh scents to it, it will deodorize the room as you clean with it.
Health Guard Laundry Additive & Disinfectant
I know that we have been focusing primarily on surfaces that can be cleaned with multi-purpose disinfectants but many breeders aren't sure how to disinfect cloth materials. And if you are breeding, there is going to be a lot of laundry being done when you have a litter of puppies.
While there are plenty of laundry disinfectants out there, I recommend finding one that is safe for dogs. Puppies love to chew things and some cleaners leave chemical residues behind. While Health Guard Laundry Additive and Disinfectant does leave an active residue, it is not toxic to your dogs.
This residue helps prevent bacteria from forming while the objects are in use or are being stored for future use. This helps with keeping everything fresh for when you need them.
While it is a laundry additive, it can also be used as an environmental disinfectant. It can be added to carpet cleaners and can be diluted and used on any surface. It can even be added to antibacterial foggers.
Overall, it is a great disinfectant to have on hand. The cost is not too bad as you generally only use 1 teaspoon per load of laundry. If you use it as a disinfectant on surfaces, you use 1 teaspoon per 1 gallon of water.
This multi-purpose disinfectant is one I recommend for any breeder trying to keep their dog kennels clean.
Bleach and Water: Clorox
Finally, while not an actual product, nothing can beat bleach and water. It has a lot of benefits as it is known to kill parvovirus, but it can lead to issues with your dogs if not used correctly.
For myself, I tend to use bleach for materials that I can remove and place back in the kennel. If you use it 1 ounce of bleach for every gallon of water, you have a diluted disinfectant that kills a lot of bacteria and germs, including parvo.
If you are looking to kill fungus in your kennel, you need a stronger solution of 4 ounces of bleach for every gallon of water.
It should be noted that bleach is a surface disinfectant. It doesn't get down into the deeper fibers where some germs will hide. In addition, it can cause some risks if breathed in so only use it in well ventilated areas. I usually avoid using the stronger solutions and reach for a different disinfectant if I need to.
However, if you are using something quickly, with a low cost, bleach is often the best disinfectant to reach for. It is very affordable and only costs a few dollars for a large bottle. It is also easy to find where some of the other disinfectants can be more difficult.
As you know, there are many different disinfectants out there for cleaning your dog kennels. I find that every breeder has their preferred disinfectant and you may find yourself using different ones depending on what you are combating in your kennel. In the end, disinfectants are only one of the many things you will use to keep your kennels clean and tidy...for both your dogs and their visitors.