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Pets & Mold

Pets & Mold

Mold is the dreaded growth that homeowners fear. According to a report from Harvard’s International Center for Toxicology and Medicine, an estimated 70% of homes have mold behind the walls. While we know mold can affect human health, studies show that it can affect the health of our beloved four legged friends as well.


 What Do the Studies Show?

A report published by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association outlined the first documented case of toxic black mold poisoning in pets. Douglas Mader, DVM performed a routine dental procedure on two indoor Himalayan cats, who previously had a clean bill of health according to a routine checkup. The two cats’ blood was tested, and found the presence of toxic black mold. Both cats passed away shortly after the discovery. The home the two cats lived in was previously affected by flooding from a hurricane. After testing for mold, the home tested positive for severe mold contamination in the walls.


How Do You Know Your Pet Has Been Affected By Mold?

Pet mold poisoning falls into three categories:

  1. Inhalation
  2. Allergic Reactions
  3. Ingestion


Respiratory symptoms that may indicate mold inhalation include:

  • Respiratory distress
  • Coughing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Lethargy
  • Bleeding from the mouth and/or nose

Allergic reaction symptoms to mold exposure include:

  • Excessive scratching, licking, and chewing
  • Fur loss and development of sores


Mold ingestion may lead to gastric symptoms including:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Stool changes
  • Vomiting


If your pet is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, you should seek vet treatment immediately. According to Holistic Vet Dr. Patrick Mahaney of Los Angeles, CA, mold poising can affect the liver, kidneys, brain, spinal cord, and bones.


What You Can Do?


If you live in an area prone to high humidity and flooding, it is suggested that you request a physical exam that tests for the presence of mold in pets’ health.



Keeping your home mold free helps ensure the health of both you and your pets. To find out how to keep your home mold free, click here.


What Should I Do If I Suspect Mold In My Home?  

Still worried about mold in your home? Call Ace Mold Proof for a free comprehensive mold inspection. We can detect if there is mold presence in your home, and will create an extensive remediation plan when needed.


Whether your family is filled with two legs or four, Ace Mold Proof is committed to keeping you and your loved ones safe and mold-free.





Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association

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