Mould spores enter pets’ bodies by inhalation in areas where mould is present. In most cases, mould develops in damp, warm and dark places, usually after a flood occurred. It may be visible (on the exterior of walls), but it can also hide behind walls and underneath floors, where it’s difficult to detect or remove. If a home has experienced flooding, it is best to call in a mould remediation company to inspect and eliminate any traces of mould if there are any.
When exposed to mould, pets can exhibit symptoms such as:
- Respiratory difficulties and illnesses: wheezing, coughing and struggling to breathe
- Pulmonary hemorrhage
- Bleeding from the nose
- Scratching themselves in the absence of fleas; pets may develop sores or even bleed from excessive scratching
- Chewing on their extremities or at their skin, which can also develop sores or bleeding
- Excessive licking that can cause hair loss
- Extreme lethargy
- Runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- Allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny eyes and other symptoms that may also be caused by common allergens, not just mould
Tips to keep pets safe from mould:
- If mould growth is noticed in a home, the owner or a Professional Mould Inspector must do an inspection as soon as possible. Professional companies like Inspect it All will make sure the job is done properly and in a timely fashion.We can test the mould to confirm if it's toxic.
- Any household mould must be cleaned up immediately using a mix of water and detergent. However, for areas larger than 1 square meter, a professional mould remediation company should be contacted.
- The pets should be kept away from mouldy food and environments.
- The pet’s food should be stored in a sealed container to keep out moisture and mould growth.
- Pet beds and toys that can be washed in hot water, thus keeping mould and dust mites at bay, are recommended.
- Shampoos that fight allergies for pets can help.
- If the pet begins showing symptoms of toxic black mould poisoning (such as changes in the typical behavior, eating patterns and energy level), it must be taken to the vet immediately. The doctor must be informed that the pet might be affected by mould.
- If the owner has to delay a visit to the vet, the pet should be taken to a non-contaminated area to avoid further exposure to mould.