Vehicle Cleaning Protocol Between Calls

Diseases like to “Hitch a Ride”: Separate Yourself from Cross Contamination

  • Contaminated transport vehicles can quickly spread diseases.
  • Organic matter (shavings, feces) or water, mud or snow can carry pathogens on boots, clothing, tires, undercarriages, trailers, and people. These pathogens can infect healthy animals.
  • Assume every animal you touch is at risk. Do not be responsible for pathogen transfer.
  • Even animals that “appear” healthy can be carrying and shedding pathogens.
  • Each employee must be aware of the importance of cleaning, disinfection and drying.

Vehicle Cleaning Protocol Between Calls

A blanket/sheet/towel must be used to cover the bed of the truck between animals. This helps protect the flooring, so a full scrubbing is not needed between each animal (simply replace the blanket/sheet/towel). Each individual crate or carrier must be lined with a towel/blanket. When an animal is picked up, its crate or carrier must also be covered with a sheet/towel/blanket. This is to help with confining disease to the crate the animal is in, and also provides stress reduction during transport.

Proper PPE:

Disposable latex or nitrile gloves

  • Blankets/sheets/towels
  • Prevail™ Spray Bottle or portable foamer
Box of Vehicle:
  1. Don PPE
  2. After animal has been removed from the vehicle, remove cage or crate, take blanket from the bed of the truck and place into laundry bag or discard.
  3. Remove towel lining crate or cage, and place in laundry bag or discard.
  4. Replace kennel or crate with a clean one and line with new towel
  5. For used crates/carriers, follow full cage cleaning protocol before re-using

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