The benefits to the health of you and your family of removing mold from your home and keeping it mold free is no secret. But have you ever thought about the impact mold can have on your four-legged family members? The loving animals in your home may also face serious health problems when it comes to mold infestation.
Being exposed to mold is as if not more dangerous to your pets as it is to you. There may be only a handful of very toxic mold species to humans, but this is not the case for pets. Even the average mold types typically detected during mold testing can have a very adverse effect on your pets and make them very ill.
Dangers Of Mold To Pets
Information about the health implications and effects on mold exposure to humans is widely available and well-known. Not so much for the effect on the pets in our homes and this is not a commonly discussed topic.
Pets kept indoors spend most of their lives in the same areas and sometimes cages. This means they are exposed all the time which makes the impact of mold a lot quicker and more serious.
There are several ways your pets can be exposed to mold. The respiratory system of pets can be affected when they breathe in mold just like humans. Mold can also take hold of the fur and skin of your pets and are difficult to get rid of. These trapped spores can be breathed in or ingested by the pet or you. Ingested mold can cause issues in the gastrointestinal tract of your pet.
How Do I Know If My Pet Has Been Exposed To Mold?
Common signs and symptoms of mold exposure in pets include:
- Loss of appetite
- Wheezing or rapid breathing
- Nasal discharge
- Skin lesions
- Excessive licking or scratching
How to Keep Your Pet Safe From Illnesses Caused By Mold
Just like you, your pet is affected by mold growing in your home. The difference is that they cannot tell you when they are ill and it often takes a while before we notice.
If there is even the slightest chance that mold may be growing in your home it is time to get a professional for their mold testing service. The professionals at Simply Mold Gone will thoroughly inspect all indoor and outdoor spaces to identify areas for examination. We collect physical and air samples during our mold inspection examinations. Next they are sent to a third-party science lab that returns the results of the analysis of the samples.
Easy tips for keeping your pet safe from mold
- Dispose of any toys, clothing, beds or bedding with mold growth – mold is very difficult to get rid of entirely even after washing the items.
- Keep pet food sealed in an air-tight container.
- Keep pets away from areas where mold is growing. Not only may they become sick, but they could also offer a free ride to spores on their feet and fur.
- If you think that your pet may suffer from the effects of mold, take them to the vet immediately.
Creating a safe and healthy home for you, your family and pets requires a mold free environment. We specialize in mold removal and finding the root cause of the mold growing and spreading. We will find the hidden moisture, and contaminating areas and pinpoint the major issues in your home to get rid of mold infections and toxins. Our mold remediation services provide mostly permanent results.