Can Mold Hurt Your Pets?

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Is there mold in your house?

It is a critical question you should answer because, if left untreated, mold exposure may cause severe health issues for your pet (and you, as well).

Your pet is continually exposed to mold spores inside the air. As with humans, some pets are more vulnerable to mold spores than other ones. In knowing how to spot, as well as address exposure, it’s possible to protect your pet from the dangerous effects of mold.

Any space of your house that gets wet and retains moisture for any type of reason cannot just damage the structure and produce expensive repairs yet may affect the health of the pets and people who reside there.

Pets exposed to mold may suffer adverse health effects, which includes:

  • neurological problems, including seizures and tremors
  • allergic reactions
  • severe digestive issues
  • gastrointestinal tract damage
  • respiratory and lung problems

While the instant affect of mold is oftentimes treatable in the short run, longer run exposure may be more severe and more challenging to manage. If left untreated, exposure may cause organ damage, and create more serious complications.

The harms of exposure for pets came to light in the year 2007, as a vet discovered pulmonary hemorrhages in two felines during pre-op treatments. Both of the cats passed away from complications. The house was contaminated with mold, because of flood damage, according to the report.

Therefore, what should you be on the lookout for?

Mold inhalation signs in your pet involve:

  • Respiratory distress (breathing which takes more effort than normal or rapid breathing)
  • Discharge from the nose
  • Sneezing, wheezing, coughing
  • Lethargy
  • Bleeding from nose and/or mouth

Some pets will experience an allergic reaction with excessive chewing, scratching, or licking which may cause fur loss and development of sores.

If your pet consumes mold, it may cause decreased appetite, vomiting, as well as changes in stool.

Mold exposure signs and symptoms may mimic additional health conditions. If your pet is indicating any combination of the aforementioned symptoms, take her or him to the holistic vet for an assessment.

For more information about our mold removal contact Triangle Legacy today!