Vet Examining Dog

Veterinary

Our little companions

 
Portrait of a Young Doctor

Veterinary Disinfectant

Veterinary disinfectant is an important aspect in all veterinary practices and animal hospitals, which are subject to the same four rules that apply in human medicine for protecting against infection: separate, quarantine, clean and disinfect.


If these rules are bent or ignored, in the worst-case pathogens can spread and infect other animals. Choosing and applying suitable veterinary disinfectants can be a real benefit for veterinary practices

 

Which suits best?

A veterinary practice faces this question the moment it wants to procure a suitable pet-friendly disinfectant. But what does suitable mean? As a rule, there is no single pet-safe disinfectant “to rule them all”.

All veterinary disinfectant products have specific properties and advantages, but also always come with some negative side effects.


The result can be a disinfectant that rapidly kills off a wide range of pathogens in a veterinary practice, but also corrodes and destroys the surfaces in the treatment rooms.

A material-compatible veterinary disinfectant on the other hand is likely to be slow-acting or promote pathogen resistance. It might also be flammable and form vapours.


Therefore, the question as to which disinfectants for veterinary use are right for veterinary applications must always be answered with another question: 'What is its purpose and objective?' Only by clarifying the type of application, contact time, spectrum of activity and perhaps material compatibility is it possible to select a disinfectant.

Image by Lydia Torrey
 
dogs in robes

Possible Applications

Disinfectants used in veterinary practice can be divided into functional groups, although the lines here are blurred and sometimes overlap.

Hand sanitizers

These are used for hand disinfection in veterinary practices and animal health. 

Surface disinfection with a veterinary disinfectant and disinfectant detergents

These are used in veterinary premises for regular disinfection of small and large surfaces. They are applied according to the hygiene plan, which also stipulates regular cleaning of critical surfaces in veterinary treatment rooms as well as boxes and cages in quarantine areas and waiting rooms. The spectrum of activity varies substantially from oxidising to non-oxidising and/or alcohol-based veterinary disinfectants to more or less useful mixtures of different agents.


Special disinfectants used in veterinary clinics, such as for aerosol disinfection

These disinfectants are primarily used in veterinary settings when either a special type of application is selected, as is the case with aerosol disinfection, or if elevated biosafety is required during an outbreak of contagious pathogens. It is also feasible to use these products and standard products in rotation to prevent resistances.