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Odor Control Systems For Pet Hotels, Spas And Pet Lounges
Whether an animal barks, meows or chirps, pet owners are always faced with the dilemma of what to do with their pets when they cannot be at home to care for them. This is particularly the case when travel plans are urgent and unexpected. Pet hotels and kennels provide a convenient, reliable and comforting respite for dogs and cats and other domesticated pets.
When pet lovers place their beloved pooches and kitty cats in the care of a pet hotel, they rightfully expect their daily needs will be addressed. If darling Snuggles requires a hug or Felix needs a reassuring scratch under his chin, a caring facility must provide these things as well as a healthy environment.
Statistics indicate that every year, more than 30 million pet owners leave their pets in the care of a respected pet-care facility. Modern consumers lead complex and busy lives and travel more and more often, which has led to the explosive growth of pet hotels as well as a sharp increase in pet ownership.
First Impressions Are The Key To Success
The primary goal of any pet care facility must be to keep all pets healthy and happy. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to control the environment in which they are cared for. Pet hotel malodors include urine and feces mostly, and their presence is a clear indication of an unhygienic environment which creates the risk of both disease and stress for the animals within.
Unpleasant odors and vapor are released via an ammonia gas that is produced when waste materials break down fecal matter. Ammonia gas production is greatly increased if pet waste is allowed to accumulate and this unhealthy buildup can affect an animal’s eyes and lungs.
The Pet Hotel And Spa Phenomenon
Staying ahead of the trends in the pet industry is easy because all that is required is to look at the patterns occurring in the modern world. The pet industry often mirrors contemporary society, and that which people find good for themselves, they find acceptable for their pets. This is illustrated by the following examples: the growth in luxury hotels for people and the increasing incidence of exclusive pet hotels; the popularity of spa services for pet owners and the subsequent increase in spas and massages for dogs, and the trend toward general fitness for people and similar programs for dogs.
Day-long daycare will soon be replaced by more high–touch services that cater to individual dogs and their loving families. Pet hotels can provide enrichment and education to the family pet and not only will these facilities become more desirable, pet owners will also be willing to pay for these services.
Pet Hotels As A Booming Business
One of the newest trends within the pet care industry is the proliferation of luxurious pet hotels. These ultra modern facilities go far beyond basic pet care and offer amenities such as flat screen TVs and bedtime stories. Dogs are often housed in spacious private suites that include soothing music, plush bedding and even web cams so that owners can check on their furry babies.
Some of these homes away from home offer exercise via canine water parks with bubble machines, heated pools and fountains. Spa services include: facials, massages, “pawdicures” and even aromatherapy baths!
Destination vacations for dogs and cats are becoming all the rage. American pet owners with deep pockets pay handsomely for specialized services that cater to their animals. The Morris Animal Inn in Morristown, New Jersey, is a family-owned and operated animal boarding home that features luxury accommodations for cats. These include: kitty condos and suites with plush beds and even televisions. (Perhaps tuned into the latest animal news channel?)
According to Joanne Morris, vice president of Morris Animal Inn, Inc.: “People now are …seeking more interactive and customized experiences for their pets, as opposed to just leaving them at home. They want to know their cat is being taken care of — not necessarily just checked on, but really monitored with someone who understands their well being and behavior, and what will make them happy in the long run.”
For cats that may require more interaction and attention, there’s also kitty cuddling services, nature walks and game time on the iPad. Prices range depending on services from $30.95 a night for standard boarding up to $70. At The Morris Animal Inn, the demand for cat-related services particularly is up 40 percent in the past five years.
The D Pet Hotels Chelsea in New York City are also doing very well, especially during the spring and summer months when clients head off to the Hamptons and Europe. Some of their doggy offerings include: standard dog daycare services for three hours of playtime for $25; puppy perks, like chauffeur services to and from the location; chef-prepared meals, and a doggie gym called “Pant” to work off those extra treats. The “Uber Suite,” which runs at $200 a night, offers full-size beds and dog-friendly programming for its canine guests. Regular clients spend anywhere from $800 to $2,000 a month on their dogs.
According to co-owner, Kerry Brown: “We treat dogs like we are their family. We want them to get the very best, and know our clients expect to have their dogs treated just as well as their children. Our high-end services, our Uber Suites, are booked almost every weekend, because there’s always that client who wants to make sure their dog gets the very best they can ask for.”
Some Important Statistics
The pet care market size was valued over USD 190.1 billion in 2018 and is expected to increase at 5.2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2025. According to The American Pet Products Association, almost 85 million households have a pet, and over the last 30 years pet ownership has gone from 56% to 68% of all households.
Some of the changes in pet ownership are due to technology and the advent of online purchasing, but most of the growth is due to cultural alterations. As millennial and Generation Z consumers have come of age, they have embraced the pet-owning and pet-loving lifestyles to a far greater extent than their parents. While baby boomers account for 32% of pets owners, younger professional heads of households account for 62% of pet ownership.
The Importance of Odor Control In Pet Hotels
The ability to maintain a clean pet care facility that is both disease and odor-free permeates all aspects of proper pet care. A clean, odor-free pet hotel with good ventilation and attentive employees will help to decrease the amount of stress an animal may experience.
In pet-care shelters and kennels, many animals come and go every day, and there is no way for a pet owner or a pet-care facility manager to know where they have been or to what they may have been previously exposed. Pet hotels usually don’t have as high a volume of traffic as kennels, as they are more expensive. In any case, it is only proper environmental management that can serve to maintain a safe level of disease and odor control.
The most obvious odor-producing culprits within a pet care facility of any type are feces and urine. The reason why feces smells so badly is due to the bacteria, which comprise about 25% of the weight of the stool. The bacteria are invisible to the human eye and reproduce at the startling rate of every 10 minutes. This malodor can be minimized by making sure that boarding dogs get many trips to elimination areas within the housing unit. Immediate removal of feces and urine in all locations is also necessary to keep bad smells at bay.
Baths, clean bedding, good ventilation, dry enclosure areas, and calming measures will all help reduce animal malodors. Proper ventilation and dehumidification are big factors controlling bacterial reproduction. It’s a simple equation. The less bacteria there are, the less the area will smell. Moisture is a big problem in pet care facilities as well because it provides the perfect milieu for the breeding and spread of bacteria. Mops, like bad rumors, only serve to spread the bad stuff around, and professional neutralizers such as those provided by the ambient air care masters at Air-Scent, are the only way for managers and owners of pet-care facilities to keep malodors at bay.
The Importance of Proper Ventilation
Providing proper ventilation via one of our highly effective HVAC systems (the Aroma Stylers featured below) will help decrease the humidity in the air through the process of bringing in fresh air and removing moist air via exhaust. This is vital to animal health, as many infectious organisms are airborne and the particles floating in the air easily pass from one animal in a kennel to another. Therefore, lowering the number of floating particles, reduces the chances that animals in the care of a kennel will breathe infectious bacteria, viruses and fungi.
For non-HVAC options, our blue-tooth operated Aroma Beam diffuser is proven to sufficiently eliminate vaporous malodors in entryways, offices, hallways, pet grooming areas and retail sections, as well as simultaneously diffuse ambient scents to enhance lobbies, hallways and other areas if desired. The Aroma Beam is non-nebulizing (without wet vapor) and easily controlled through our Scent Bridge smart phone app for Android and iOS. There are no messy liquids or sprays and no complicated timers to set. We also offer an odorless, fragrance-free options.
No matter how basic or how sophisticated a ventilation system is, it is only as good as the person operating it and the overall cleanliness of the area to be serviced. Our innovative arsenal of supremely effective and scientifically proven products and HVAC and Non-HVAC systems are the best the ambient air-care industry has to offer.
Air-Scent Arsenal of Pet Odor Removal Tools
We recognize the unique challenges facing the kennel and pet facility industry. In addition to our air freshening diffusers, we offer four key products which, represent a fully effective solution to eliminating pet odors. They are: the Two Step Approach (MegaFresh System and and Enzomatic Waste Degrader); Scatter, and Zorbital.
The Two Step Odor Removal Approach
The following two odor neutralizing products not only eliminate vaporous malodors (in the air), but they also kill odors at their source.
The MegaFresh Odor Neutralizer System
Extremely effective in large indoor areas, this passive diffuser attacks odors at a molecular level and eliminates them when placed strategically around the parameters of odorous areas or placed behind large floor fans. Malodors generated by urine and feces require this molecular action, which merges with the unpleasant odor and neutralizes the interior air. The two-phase wicking MegaFresh system controls the rate of neutralizing release for 30 to 60 days. Its internal wick feeds an external wick and can be used either without forced air or within the Air-Scent Aroma Beam, which especially targets odors for indoor areas of up to 50,000 cubic feet. The MegaFresh system is most effective within the large enclosed areas of kennels, pet shelters, pets stores and other related facilities.
The Enzo-matic Biological Organic Waste Degrader
When used in conjunction with MegaFresh, malodors become a piece of cake, so to speak, to remove. This odor-care product contains more than two billion bacterial cultures per single gallon of concentrate, which collectively degrades all forms of organic waste via a unique blend of force infused with a special scent that is designed to provide instant control and waste management all in one application. For kennels and pet-care facilities, this high-tech solution works extremely well on fabrics, pet beds, mats and carpets. It can also be utilized in the form of a hand sprayer for use in entryways and walkways.
Scatter Granulated Odor Counteractant
The power of this product lies in its exclusive triple-phase odor control system, which is laced with Metazene, the most powerful neutralizing additive on the market today. It is highly effective in controlling animal-related odors in kennels and pet-care facilities. Its specially formulated granules should be applied liberally on or around affected areas, swept up into plastic trash bags and then disposed of properly. Scatter granules may also be utilized in special wall-mounted fixtures installed around interior perimeters and above animal access areas.
Zorb-It-All Spill Absorber And Odor Neutraizer
Our Zorb-It-All is capable of absorbing more than 100 times its own weight. As an odor neutralizer, its potency lies in its transformation upon application to all water-borne animal bodily fluids into an instant gel, which neutralizes and deodorizes with a fresh mint odor, simultaneously offsetting and controlling odors. Both easy to use and dispose of, it is perfect for kennels, zoo facilities, pet stores, veterinary offices and pet care centers.
Managers of pet stores, kennels, pet hotels and other animal containment facilities (and air care and scent marketing companies that service them) are fully aware that odor control can be an enormous challenge. Facilities must be pleasant smelling or they will create negative impressions and discourage business and negatively impact that all important bottom line. Consider Air-Scent and our 70-plus years of product refinements as the ultimate answer to this recurring problem. Speak to our team today and keep darling Snuggles and sweet Felix happy and stress-free tomorrow.
Final thought about dogs: I was thinking of getting a German Shepherd once, but I didn’t want to learn another language just to have a dog. ~ Anonymous
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