Keeping germs out of canine groups

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: January 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Keeping sick dogs away from healthy ones is easier said than done, since signs of illness aren’t always obvious. That’s why disease control guidelines are being developed for canine group settings.

Let’s use a kennel as an example. First, vaccinations need to be up-to-date for a dog to be admitted. But not all infections are preventable by immunization. That’s why each dog should have its own leash, food and water bowls and toys, all of which should be washed frequently. Individual kennels should be cleaned often, and common areas need to be routinely scrubbed and disinfected. Caretakers also need to wash or sanitize their hands between dogs.

Finally, every kennel or other group setting must have a working relationship with a veterinarian who can help design the disease control plan and examine boarders as needed.