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How Mold Can Harm Your Pet – Mold Symptoms In Dogs And Cats

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Hands wearing yellow rubber gloves holding a sponge and spray bottle, scrubbing at mold on a wall. How to protect your pet from mold and mold symptoms in dogs and cats

We all know that mold can be really dangerous for humans. It can cause skin allergies or even severe respiratory issues. Sadly, it’s no different for our dearest companions. Although not all mold is toxic, some types of molds, like the black mold, can be as toxic to our pets as it is for us. Keep reading to learn about how mold can harm your pet and mold symptoms in dogs and cats.

Is Mold In Your Home?

The spores can enter the pet’s body through inhalation, potentially causing serious illness and in some cases, even death. Mold is usually present in warm, dark places like damp walls, and underneath floors. It can also be present in carpets, beds, and sofas. It’s especially common in houses, especially after heavy rain or floods. The best thing to do is to contact a mold remediation company to inspect your house and eliminate any traces of mold. That way, you can limit not only your pet’s exposure to the dangers of mold but your’s as well.

Mold Symptoms In Dogs and Cats

Some symptoms of mold intoxication can look like respiratory difficulty, wheezing, coughing, pulmonary hemorrhage, nose bleeding, loss of appetite, and lethargy. Mold can also affect the skin. Your little one could be scratching more than normal and could even start presenting sores and hives on their body. Sometimes mold can also cause bleeding of the skin, chewing their paws, and extreme licking. Just remember that diagnosing mold intoxication or mold allergies is a study of all symptoms and the environment where the pet lives.

Spoiled food should never be given to your pet, even if you remove the molded part.

Moldy food is also a source of mold intoxication. Spoiled food should never be given to your pet, even if you remove the molded part. Pets that have eaten moldy food can experience diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, and even the risk of death. They should be taken to the veterinarian as soon as possible for treatment.

Keeping Your Furkid Safe

To prevent mold exposure, you as a pet parent should keep a close eye on your house, walls, and roof for the presence of black mold. You should try regularly washing and cleaning beds, carpets, and couches. Safely store your pet’s food in a dry place and be sure to take your pet to the vet if you notice the signs of mold intoxication. Taking these measures is really important to keep you, your pet, and your family healthy.

Tuxedo cat laying in a basket of laundry. How mold can harm your pet, mold symptoms in dogs and cats, and how to prevent mold in your home.

Supporting Your Pet Naturally

At NHV, we have all-natural supplements that can help with mold allergies. The herbs in our formulations can help to soothe uncomfortable allergy symptoms, strengthen the immune system, and can help the body fight off infections.

Alge-Ex can help offer relief for your pet’s environmental allergies by reducing symptoms associated with allergies in pets caused by pollen, mold, and more.

Felimm can help to strengthen the immune system, providing support to the body to fight against infections. It can also encourage detoxification of the lymphatic system, stimulate appetite, improve energy levels, and help combat upper respiratory tract infections.

Natures Immuno is a blend of medicinal mushrooms known for their extensive health benefits. Natures Immuno can support the immune system while inhibiting infections. This powerful supplement can also be useful for cardiovascular, liver, kidney, diabetic, and endocrine health, all while increasing energy and promoting general well-being.

Resp-Aid is a formula that was trialed by the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, and it was shown to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Resp-Aid also helped to eliminate the mucus. Some of the results of this trial were published in the Journal of Immunology.

Stimmune can help soothe food allergies, skin allergies (dermatitis), and infection. Stimmune can help relieve a variety of symptoms related to allergies while supporting a healthy balance of the immune system.

Yucca: Contains two very beneficial compounds: sarsasapegenin and smilagenin. These two compounds work on the mucous membranes of the small intestine, helping with the penetration and absorption of minerals and vitamins. Sarsasapogenin and smilagenin are also known as steroid saponins which act as precursors to corticoids, helping with symptom relief related to inflammation, discomfort, and loss of appetite. Our Yucca supplement is formulated and dosed specifically to be safe for long-term use in pets.


At NHV we are always here to help you and your pet. Just remember that while our supplements may be beneficial in fighting against mold intoxications or mold allergies, it is extremely important that you always take them to your trusted veterinarian for a full assessment. For any other questions, our pet experts will gladly help you and your furkiddo. Click below to get started!

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca is a holistic veterinarian from Brazil with a passion for natural and integrative medicine. She’s been studying integrative medicine and alternative (and healthier) diets since 2015, and now started to study the power of herbs with the NHV Family. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her golden retriever, Kuga.

Published: January 27, 2022

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