Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dangers of Mold Exposure for Pets

The presence of mold in the home can create health problems for both human and animal members of the family. When experiencing unexplained symptoms, a mold inspection can determine whether exposure to fungi could be a potential cause of illness. Here are the most common signs that a pet has come in contact with mold and how this could impact its health.

Symptoms of Mold Exposure in Pets

A pug puppy sitting on a bed wrapped in a blanket
Like humans, animals can experience respiratory distress associated with mold. Pet owners may notice their pets struggling to breathe or breathing more quickly than usual. Coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and nasal discharge are common. Dogs and cats may seem exhausted or depleted of energy. In severe cases, they may experience bleeding from the mouth or nose.

When an animal consumes mold, stool changes, vomiting, and loss of appetite typically result. Pet owners should also be aware of skin issues caused by mold allergies. This can result in chronic licking, chewing, and scratching that can cause painful sores and bald patches.

Health Impact of Mold for Dogs and Cats

Although these short-term symptoms are troublesome for animals and their humans alike, exposure is also linked to long-term health implications. Pets may experience:
  • Digestive issues
  • Damage to the gastrointestinal system
  • Respiratory issues
  • Organ damage
  • Tremors, seizures, and other neurological effects
In addition, pets exposed to mold may develop a chronic fungal infection called aspergillosis. This condition causes loss of appetite, sneezing, nasal pain, swelling, and bleeding. Over time, bone inflammation, spinal problems, and weight loss may develop.

Help for Pet Mold Exposure

When an animal displays these symptoms, the owner should seek immediate veterinary care. However, if mold is the culprit, these health problems will not resolve until the property is cleared of these toxins.

The presence of visible mold is the most obvious sign that a home needs remediation. However, hidden mold spores can enter the air undetected, which is why a professional mold inspection is so critical when health problems arise.

Act quickly when loved ones, including pets, experience unexplained medical concerns. ASAP Environmental, Inc. provides comprehensive mold inspections for homeowners in the Dorchester area, and we also service rental properties. Complete our online form or call 800-349-7779 to schedule a visit from a certified inspector.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I agree that investigating hidden mold is challenging and requires a professional. The EPA also suggests that people hire a trained and experienced professional to investigate hidden mold problems.

    Robert Armstrong
    EZ Mold Inspections