Since the scary Canine Flu (H3N2) is making its rounds again, some people are worried that their grooming shops are contaminated and aren't safe for their pets. While, it's true any shop at any given time can't be 100% sterilized, we at Paw's Palace take every precaution to make our facility safe for your pets.
Canine flu can spread to other dogs and cats by aerosolized respiratory secretions (coughing and sneezing) from infected dogs, by uninfected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects or materials between infected and uninfected dogs. Therefore, dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not expose their dog to other dogs.
While there is a vaccine for dogs, currently, there are no canine influenza vaccines approved for use in cats.
Pets that come into the shop should never come into contact with each other for various reasons; some may be aggressive towards other animals, and Canine flu is spread through respiratory fluids (nose to nose contact). Some pets may have the virus, but might not be showing any symptoms yet. Better to be safe, and not allow them to approach each other. While it seems like a fun idea to let all of our pets become friends with each other, the grooming shop probably isn't the best place for that.
Sanitation - Equipment, Tables, and Kennels..
We ALWAYS make sure that our facilities and equipment are sterile. Cleaning on a daily basis is HUGE when working with animals. Many grooming shops don't clean and sanitize, so they turn their workplace into a safe haven for bacteria, not us!
Bleach is an affordable method, and when mixed with water, it's the perfect solution for keeping the shop clean. Spray disinfectants are also used on our blades and scissors since they are used around your pets mouths.
Clean hands and uniforms are essential!
We wash our hands after we're finished grooming the dog/cat and before handling another pet. We groomers wear nylon smocks over our clothing to protect our clothes from being ruined, and spray them with a disinfectant between grooms to reduce the risk of spreading infection to the pets.
Holding areas where the pets are kept. (Cages)
The stainless-steel cage that your pet is kept in might not look like the most comfortable place in the world, but they are easy to keep GERM FREE by cleaning them with a bleach/water mix. Towels that have been washed and cleaned can always be added to the crate to make it more comfortable for your pet.
We do have our own washer and dryer units in the shop, and always make sure that the towels we use on your pets are washed and clean. No same towel is ever used on multiple pets.
A clean shop is a happy shop!
We all know how messy animals can be, whether they put their nose on the walls, or shake their head and their saliva gets onto our equipment, etc. Again, sanitation is ESSENTIAL! If the grooming shop smells like bleach, it might not smell pretty, but at least you know that it's CLEAN!
Yes this Canine Flu is worrisome for pet owners, but while your pet is in our care, we try to make the process as worry-free as possible! Please feel free to ask us any questions!