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How Mold Affects Pets

There is much information on the Internet about the effect of mold on humans. However, not much has been written about how mold affects our four legged friends who see and traverse the world in an entirely different way than we do. Dogs, for example, very much explore the world through inhalation. This means that they can be particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of mold. Let’s take a look at how mold affects our pets.

How Mold Affects Pets

As we have already stated, dogs are even more susceptible to mold than we are. This is because their sense of smell is many times greater than ours and because they are more likely to come into direct contact with mold as they travel through our homes. Thus, prolonged mold exposure can affect dogs in much the same way that it can affect us. Black mold can cause respiratory conditions in your pets such as COPD, asthma, and respiratory allergies. There is even some evidence to suggest that mold can trigger even more serious conditions in pets (and humans) such as acute liver damage, tumors, cirrhosis of the liver and immunosuppression damage.

Signs and Symptoms of Mold in Dogs

The first thing we can do to protect our pets from the dangers of mold is to learn to recognize the symptoms and signs of mold exposure. Some of the signs of mold sickness in dogs include:

  • Excessive licking, especially on your dog’s paws Loss of fur in small areas
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Discharge from eyes and nose
  • Noisy or labored breathing
  • Lethargy and listlessnesspets
  • Lack of appetite
  • Behavioral changes

How to Keep Your Pets Safe from Mold

If you suspect mold growth in your home then you should have an inspection done immediately. This will help to protect your pets and your human family. We specialize in water damage restoration and water damage repair. Water following a flood or fire are often the preamble to a mold problem in many homes. Next, you should keep everything that your pet comes into contact with clean and dry. You should also keep your pet away from trash cans, underneath sinks, etc. These are places that mold can hide. If your pet does become exposed to mold, then you should immediately take it to a veterinarian.

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