How Black Mold Affects Your Pet’s Health

Black mold is a serious problem that can quickly take residence in your home. Black mold likes warm, humid locations and protecting your family is paramount for their health and safety. Your pets are just as likely to suffer health complications as the rest of your family.


Black mold is more than unsightly. It can appear anywhere there is condensation.

The health issues with black mold stem from a mycotoxin, a chemical produced by fungus, that can cause cellular death and liver problems. In the liver specifically, the mycotoxin can lead to blood clotting issues. This can mean even something as simple and innocuous as a nosebleed could mean an emergency visit to the veterinarian. Serious complications can mean hemorrhaging in the lungs and even death.


Black mold infection symptoms can run a gambit of potential health issues. This can mean something as simple as a sniffle all the way to joint pain. Some of the main symptoms to look for include:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nosebleeds
  • Skin rash
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Uncontrollable shaking

In extreme cases, blood transfusions have been necessary as well as a round of antibiotics. Regular checkups to monitor liver function may be scheduled, and your pets will have to be careful not to take bumps and knocks – both of which can cause bleeding.

This may seem grim, but black mold is a real issue in the home. Your pet’s health could be compromised, and your family is equally at risk.

Are you a Minnesota home or business owner in need of mold removal services? Capital City Construction & Remediation provides professional mold remediation services in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area, as well as mold testing and analysis. To set up a service call or to have your question(s) answered, contact us online or by phone at 651-994-6844.