How to Clean Up After Kennel Cough

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How to Clean Up After Kennel Cough
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Canine infectious tracheobronchitis, often referred to as kennel cough, is a contagious disease found where groups of dogs are gathered. It is often spread at dog parks, dog shows, day cares and boarding facilities. Kennel cough is both viral and bacterial in nature, so it might be more difficult to clean up after and control than some other diseases.


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Initial Cleaning

According to Pet Informed, surfaces that have been in contact with an infected dog initially should be cleaned with plain water. This cleaning will remove debris, such as sputum, vomit or other soil from the surfaces without the possibility of leaving a chemical film behind that will interact or interfere with other cleaners.

Disinfect the Area

Wipe solid surfaces, such as walls or plastic crates, with a cloth containing a disinfectant. Some common disinfectants include bleach and cationic, which includes chloride and bromide, disinfectants.


Treating Soft Surfaces

Steam clean any furniture in which any kennel cough germs may hide. Wash any blankets or any sweaters that your dog may have worn in a washing machine, using hot water and an ordinary laundry detergent.

Cleaning Outside

Replace soil from heavily infected areas with fresh soil. Consider replacing grass or dirt with a surface that is easier to disinfect, to prevent future infection.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.