Lingering Pet Odor and How to Deal with It at Your Vet Clinic

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We’ve all been there: you walk into the back room of your vet clinic and boom – you’re immediately hit with a wall of some of the nastiest, most eye-watering pet smell ever. What’s worse, that odor can linger well after a good long scrub of every surface in your clinic. It might be tempting to put out an air freshener to battle the funk, but let’s be honest: that only covers up the problem, and not as much as you think. You’re always better off in dealing with lingering pet odor by knocking it out completely. Here’s how.

Causes of Pet Odor

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Before discussing getting rid of pet odor, it’s important to understand where it comes from. This goes well beyond the obvious sources, such as pet waste – everyone knows that you have to clean up after pet spills. There are other causes of pet odor as well, as anyone who’s treated a dog or cat that’s been sprayed by a skunk can tell you. That’s one odor that not only lingers but is near-impossible to dispose of using traditional cleaners and disinfectants!

Getting rid of Lingering Pet Odor

With some of the worst lingering pet odor being skunk spray, and one your vet clinic is bound to experience sooner or later, it’s important to use a cleaning agent that’s specifically designed to break down those fiercely aromatic particles. Always choose a skunk spray that’s safe to use on not just pets but also humans, clothing, and, above all, hard surfaces. This way you can ensure that any residual spray left over from a pet visit can be completely eliminated.

Cleaning Routines to Nip Pet Odor in the Bud

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With skunk spray being the worst, the remaining lingering odors you encounter in a vet clinic are almost always animal waste related. The best way to keep your clinic free of these telltale odors is to establish a clear and rigorous cleaning routine to keep the pet odor at bay. Such routines need to focus on spot cleaning quickly and efficiently whenever there’s a pet accident, such as in the waiting room, in an exam room, or in your kennels, with an effective odor and pet stain remover.

You also need to establish a daily cleaning and disinfecting routine and then a weekly deep cleaning procedure, all with a powerful but animal-safe cleanser and disinfectant, to ensure that any foul-smelling bacteria don’t linger in any nooks and crannies of your clinic. Remember: no one wants to work in an environment that smells awful. On top of that, no one wants to take their pets to a clinic that smells like a kennel that hasn’t been cleaned since the Clinton administration. Keep your vet clinic free of lingering odors and you’ll see a major difference!

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