As a parent, you do everything within your power to protect your children from harm. You make sure your home is a safe place for your children to grow up and be happy. For some parents, their children include their dogs, which means keeping your home safe for your canine as well. That means keeping “human” food off the floor, taking them for plenty of walks, and taking them to the vet annually. Parents of both children and dogs alike will try to think of everything and anything to keep their loved ones safe, but have they ever considered the harmful effect mold may have on their dogs?
While it is a known fact that some mold spores can cause allergies in humans, and can even be harmful to humans, many people don’t realize the damage mold spores can have on pets. Some molds, like with humans, aren’t harmful to dogs after exposure. But others can become quite toxic for pets and should be removed immediately. Like with humans, dogs should be kept away from black mold. While black mold is rare in well kept homes, exposure can cause problems with a dog’s lungs and sinuses. Another harmful mold, pythiosis, can be extremely harmful to dogs after exposure.
Pythiosis is known as the water mold and is a parasitic spore that enters a dog through the skin, throat, or nose. Once the spores have been inhaled or swallowed, it can infect the dog’s sinuses, skin, gastrointestinal system, brain, and lungs. Common symptoms of a dog that has been in contact with pythiosis include:
- Abdominal Pain
If you believe your dog has been exposed to any harmful mold, seek a veterinarians care immediately. The best way to protect your dog from harmful mold is to call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems as soon as mold is suspected or spotted. At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, we specialize in the removal, remediation, analysis, and inspection of mold in Maryland homes.
If you want to keep your dogs and family safe from mold, call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems today at 443-687-7300, or visit our online contact page to fill out our form.
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