Mold doesn’t just affect the human members of your household–it can also be detrimental to the furry ones. Whether you have dogs, cats, or both, learning about the dangers of mold exposure for pets is key to long-term care. Review what your Glendale mold inspection team wants you to know to take the best care of Fido and Fluffy.
Why is Mold So Harmful to Cats & Dogs?
Mold can be found anywhere in the home, including areas pets frequent. It can grow around window sills that cats lounge in, or basements where both felines and canines hang out. Mold in clothing and towels, and assorted affected surfaces also pose risks to pets. Even their food can become mold if it’s left out over time in damp conditions. Whether the mold is inhaled or ingested, it can harm dogs and cats because their immune systems are not as strong as their human counterparts.
Exposure to mold, especially lengthy exposure periods, increases the risk of respiratory, lung, digestive, and neurological issues in pets. It can also damage their gastrointestinal tract, leading to digestive problems, and cause allergic reactions. Pulmonary hemorrhages can result as well.
Symptoms of Mold Exposure in Pets
How pets react can depend in part on the breed as well as the type of mold and the length of the exposure. The most common symptoms Orange County mold inspectors warn against include allergic reactions wheezing, coughing, sneezing, watering eyes, and nasal discharge. Such reactions typically occur if the animal inhales mold.
Symptoms from ingestion and topical exposure include excessive scratching and licking, skin sores and rashes, and fur/hair loss. Consuming mold, either by licking a contaminated surface or eating moldy food, can also cause symptoms such as vomiting, appetite loss, diarrhea, and bleeding from the nose and or mouth.
Additional symptoms to watch for from inhaled and ingested mold include lameness, seizures, trembling and convulsions, anxiety, legathry, and behavioral changes.
If your pets experience any mold exposure-related symptoms, schedule an emergency vet visit and a mold testing appointment for your Orange County home. Contact Mold Masters today to request a mold inspection.