While it’s fairly well-known that mold exposure in humans can cause a myriad of symptoms, including asthma and allergies, it might not be as obvious that our pets can suffer the same kind of symptoms and may be even more sensitive than humans due to their smaller build and respiratory systems.
The problem is, Fluffy may not be able to tell you what he is feeling and we may dismiss some of the mold exposure symptoms for their normal behavior. Just like humans, however, it’s important you protect pets from mold exposure.
What are the Symptoms?
If you suspect or know you have mold or an excessive moisture problem in your home and notice these symptoms in your pets, you’ll want to find and clean up the mold problem ASAP to protect pets from mold exposure, or consider calling a professional, like Healthy Way, to perform a free initial mold inspection.
Some of these symptoms, which may be misdiagnosed by vets as just “allergies”, include:
- Recurrent ear infections
- Increased stress or anxiety
- Scaly skin or itchy patches
- Runny nose
**Example of Asthma in Pets:
Protect Pets from Mold Exposure
Indoor pet mold exposure can be controlled by removing and mold and fixing moisture problems. Use a HEPA filter to remove any mold spores in the air. Wash pet toys and beds regularly. In severe cases, consider replacing carpet with a hardwood, tile, or laminate surface, for both you and your pet!
Outdoor pet mold exposure is not as easy to avoid. Walk your pets in areas where there is short grass or keep them inside if symptoms are severe.