Dog Kennel Cleaning Tips

  • Posted By: admin
  • Date: 17 March 2015

Keeping your dog kennels clean is as important as keeping your own house clean, it benefits your dog’s lifestyle and helps keep them healthy. There is a well known parasite called Giardia which is found in dirty and unclean kennels, this parasite attacks the intestines of a dog and can create a threat to their health. Several other parasites and viruses are usually found in soiled kennels so it is of upmost important to add your dog kennel into a regular cleaning regime. As a guide, an outdoor kennel should be thoroughly cleaned every week to get rid of all bacteria growing whereas an indoor kennel should be cleaned monthly, you should also ensure your dog bowls and toys are cleaned on a regular basis to prevent cross contamination.

When cleaning your dog kennel whether it is an outdoor or an indoor kennel the basics are all the same. You need to empty the kennel completely included all dog bowls, dog toys and food, you must also ensure your dog has a secure area to be whilst the cleaning process is taking place. Once empty, using a simple bleach, just sponge the whole of the inside of the kennel. Once you have bleached the kennel you will need a bucket of hot soapy water to clean off any excess bleach. Lastly you will boiling hot water to clean off any soap residue and dry with a towel which will ensure any bacteria is removed but also that the kennel is safe for your dog to return to. All bowls need to be washed and toys washed on a boil wash. I would use the same materials to clean your kennel every time and be sure to clean and rinse them out after every use.

Depending on the type of dog kennel you have, determines how difficult this job will be for you. Inevitably plastic kennels are a lot easier to clean as there are fewer places for bacteria to hide due to the surface material. Red mite love hiding in cracks and grooves often found in wooden kennels so if you do opt for a wooden kennel then please be conscious of the fact that they are a lot more difficult to clean and maintain than a plastic kennel. I would always let the cleaning product soak into the wood incase any bacteria has done as well, this is to ensure it is a really thorough clean. When cleaning, you must let it dry after scrubbing, and then seal with wood treatment and let that dry too. This would be a long job to do on a weekly basis so please bare this in mind when choosing and purchasing a kennel. As well as kennels, if you have any galvanised panels then these too would clean to be cleaned in the same way as your plastic kennels and would dry in no time, letting your dog return to their safe place in no time at all.