Protocol for Cleaning and Disinfecting Vehicle and Equipment


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. 1 Don PPE
  2. 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. 3 Remove towel lining crate or cage, and place in laundry bag or discard.
  4. 4 Replace kennel or crate with a clean one and line with new towel
  5. 5 For used crates/carriers, follow full cage cleaning protocol before re-using