Spring is here in El Paso Foster Families! Along with the blooming flowers and singing birds come pesky viruses and bacteria that plague our foster animals AND foster homes!
Spring is here in El Paso Foster Families! Along with the blooming flowers and singing birds come pesky viruses and bacteria that plague our foster animals AND foster homes! You and I know this is an inevitable part of foster care; animals get sick and need to be cleaned up after. But how do we clean correctly? How do we disinfect? And what the heck is the difference anyway?
Soaps and detergents are not the same as disinfectants. It’s important to understand how these two groups of products work and to use them appropriately:
Soaps and detergents are cleaning agents that work by suspending dirt and grease and breaking up organic matter. Soaps do not necessarily kill germs. Dish and laundry soaps are common examples of detergents.
Disinfectants are chemical solutions that kill germs. The particular germs killed depend on the ingredients in the disinfectant. While some disinfectants serve a dual purpose and have some cleansing properties, many disinfectants do not effectively remove dirt and grease. Bleach is an example.
|When new animals are introduced (between animals)||Thorough cleaning and disinfection between animal residents|
|High contact surfaces||Daily cleaning with a detergent and weekly disinfection|
|Visibly soiled objects/surfaces||Cleaning with a detergent and disinfection|
|Litter boxes and food bowls||Daily cleaning and weekly disinfection||Sanitize food bowls separately from litter boxes|
|All regular surfaces||Weekly cleaning and disinfection||Increase frequency to daily or more when infection is present|
|Laundry||Remove organic material before laundering Use soap and bleach Machine or sunlight to dry||Take caution in moving soiled items to washing machine to prevent environmental contamination Throw away any heavily soiled items|
If you were lent items from the HSEP Foster Program to use for your foster animals, it is vitally important that you bring these items back so that we can make sure they are properly disinfected in between uses (litter boxes, crates, pens, etc).
Try to follow these practices:
Your area should include the following components:
Clean hands before and after handling animals or items in the animals’ environment
Follow These Steps
Follow These Steps