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Is Black Mould Harmful to Pets?

19 December 2023

Mould and damp are common problems in the UK, and naturally as a nation of pet-loving people, we can get concerned that common property care problems might pose a threat to the health of our furry (or not so furry friends).

So, is mould harmful to pets, and does the treatment process also pose a danger to your pets? Find out everything you need to know here.

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Can Black Mould Affect Animals?

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In short, yes.

You can read in detail about the health dangers and risks associated with black mould on our website here, but it is enough for us to say that the spores produced by black mould can exacerbate respiratory issues, induce rashes and other physical responses associated with allergic reactions, and even contribute to the development of asthma.

All of this applies to your pet as well. In fact, because your pets are more likely to eat the mould you might find that physical symptoms can be increased or worsened in your pets compared to in people.

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What Symptoms Might My Pet Present from Black Mould?

There are plenty of different symptoms to look out for when it comes to identifying sickness in pets stemming from black mould. Here are some of the most common ones (found in dogs) according to wagwalking.com:

  • Vomiting
  • Changes in stool
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Discharge from eyes and nose
  • Laboured breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Behavioural Changes

All of these symptoms are going to be noticeable to anyone familiar with their pet, and obviously you will want to have them looked at as soon as possible. However, realistically, there will be no true respite from these conditions until the black mould itself has been taken care of.

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How Can I Remove Black Mould Safely Without Endangering my Pet?

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So, if you have a pet and have noticed that it has been suffering from black mould sickness you are understandably going to be concerned about how to remove the black mould from your property as quickly as possible, with lasting results.

However, as anybody with a pet knows, they can pose a risk to themselves through their actions – like eating things that shouldn’t be eaten.

So, with that in mind, let’s go through how to remove black mould in a pet-friendly manner.

Firstly, you must understand that black mould is not a problem that appears on its own. Black mould is a fungus that thrives in high-humidity areas, basically, growing in properties that have a problem with damp.

The most common form of damp causing black mould growth is actually condensation. Condensation is possibly the most easily managed form of damp, as it is born out of conditions that people create themselves.

What we mean by this is that a persons general day-to-day habits can contribute to the creation of condensation greatly. For example, running a shower too long, drying clothes indoors in unventilated rooms, not using lids on pots and pans – that kind of thing.

Basically, by reducing the amount of humid air created, and by ensuring ventilation is readily available you can drastically reduce the amount of condensation being created. You can read more about condensation control here, but if you are unsure about the source of the damp in your property you can always arrange for a damp and timber survey from our team, and we will be able to help you discover what damp problem in your property is causing the black mould to grow.

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Removing Black Mould Safely

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So, once the source of the black mould growth has been discovered, you are going to want to clean away the notable spores that have been growing. The best way to do this would be with the use of a black mould removal kit.

A black mould removal kit is a collection of items designed specifically for the cleaning of black mould spores from a properties surfaces. The kit comes with two different sprays, a mould eliminator and a mould sanitiser.

First, you use the eliminator spray. This is sprayed directly onto the mould and mildew, and after left for three minutes, proves very effective at eliminating the mould on the walls. Once you have waited three minutes after spraying on, rinse it off with a cloth and the mould should wipe away, leaving a clean, mould-free surface.

You shouldn’t stop here though. After using the mould eliminator spray, you should use the mould sanitiser. This is because the spores of black mould spread incredibly quickly, and the mould eliminator spray works to kill these spores before they can take hold and grow new black mould splotches all over your surfaces.

Now, what’s handy about this method of mould removal is that you complete it all by hand. Just like any cleaning fluid its advised that your pet does not ingest it as it could be harmful, but if you are cleaning by hand you can definitely oversee the entire cleaning process yourself from start to finish, and as your cleaning ensure that your pets get nowhere near the affected area.

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Get Professional Help to Stop Black Mould Effecting Your Pets

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If you have used one of our mould removal kits and find that the mould is reappearing, and you cannot find the source of the mould itself, then our team would be happy to help.

You can contact our team of highly experienced surveyors to help you with a damp and timber survey at any time by calling 0800 288 8660, or by filling in the form below.