When homeowners notice mold, they often rush to contact a mold remediation company to mitigate the issue. Mold grows in moist areas like the bathroom, kitchen, garage, and basement. Pets may be exposed to mold as they breathe in the air in these spaces or if they lick or brush up against the spores. Here is a guide to help you understand the potential consequences mold exposure has on your furry family members.
Understanding the Effects of Mold on Pets
What Are Mold Exposure Symptoms?
Dogs and cats who are exposed to mold may experience lung problems like coughing, nasal discharge, and sneezing. They might show signs of digestive distress like vomiting and diarrhea, and they can have seizures or bleed from their nose or mouth.
Pets with mold allergies will be especially sensitive to the spores and are likely to experience more severe symptoms than animals without the allergy. For example, they may have itchy skin rashes that other pets in the home don’t have. Plus, pets who are exposed to mold over long periods can develop fungal infections that suppress their immune system and make them vulnerable to other conditions.
What Should I Do to Remove It?
Never try to mitigate mold yourself. Unfortunately, most DIY options like treating the area with bleach can release spores into the air and worsen the problem for pets and people.
Instead, call a mold remediation team to address the area. They will use safety gear and protocols to remove the spores from the air and surfaces without endangering your family. Once the mold remediation team is finished, your home will be safe for your furry friends.
How Can I Prevent Mold?
Reduce the likelihood of mold growth by installing ample ventilation in the bathroom and kitchen to pull moisture outside. Use dehumidifiers to minimize the water in the air to below 50% to make it difficult for the mold to grow. Frequently wash your pet’s food and water bowls and wipe down their kennels or cages, making sure that they dry quickly. Sanitize hard surfaces like flooring and tiles with a mixture of bleach and water and clean air ducts every two years to address any mold growing inside the piping.
If you live in Saint Augustine, FL, and need mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach. The cleanup and restoration specialists help residential and commercial clients safely remove mold to promote a healthier home or business. Call (904) 429-4457 or visit the website for information on their emergency cleaning services to restore your building for humans and pets alike.