While it’s common knowledge that mold—especially toxic black mold—can cause sickness in humans, it can also affect the health of the animals in your home. Black mold and pets do not mix! Today, the certified mold remediators at MoldGone will explain how to detect mold exposure symptoms in dogs and cats. 

Black mold and pets—how do they get exposed? 

There could be unseen mold in your home that causes an allergic reaction in your pets. Airborne mold spores can be inhaled, causing respiratory problems. A dog or cat can also ingest mold by eating moldy food, chewing on a moldy toy or piece of fabric, or licking something with mold on it. If your pets go outside, their exposure to mold increases. Mold can be found in many places outside, including soil, plants, rotting wood, and standing water. 

Dogs actually do not have as strong an immune system as humans, so mold exposure may affect them more. And, as any dog owner will tell you, dogs will eat and chew just about anything, including moldy items. This puts them at a higher risk for mold sickness. While cats may be pickier about what they eat, they can still suffer from mold allergies and get sick from inhaling mold. 

What are the symptoms of mold exposure in pets? 

Symptoms of mold inhalation can include: 

  • Breathing issues
  • Coughing and/or wheezing
  • Runny nose and/or sneezing
  • Lethargy

Symptoms of mold ingestion can include: 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Upset stomach/vomiting
  • Changes in their stool
  • Obvious weakness
  • Shaking, tremors, or seizures

Mold allergy symptoms in cats and dogs are usually external, and include: 

  • Excessive scratching, chewing and licking of the skin and fur 
  • Skin that looks irritated or inflamed
  • Loss of fur and/or bald patches
  • Very dry skin

It’s important to note that these symptoms of mold exposure can also represent many other diseases affecting dogs and cats. If you observe your pets exhibiting any of these symptoms, we urge you to get your home tested for mold and contact your veterinarian for treatment. 

Mold Removal in Maricopa County

If you have black mold and pets, it’s always a cause for concern. If you suspect your dog or cat has been exposed to mold, contact MoldGone at 480-418-7228 to schedule a free informal inspection. Our mold remediation methods are pet-friendly and have minimal demolition. We can find and remove the mold in your home so it no longer bothers you, your family, or your beloved pets.  

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