Protect Your Pets – They Are Not Mold Proof

Pet MoldMolds are one of the most ubiquitous organisms in the world. In fact, molds along with other members of the fungal family, constitute about 25 percent of the biomass on earth. They are found extensively in buildings across the United States. They enter your home through open windows and vents, and settle in the warm and moist areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. The ideal conditions promote rapid multiplication of the fungal cells. Molds produce spores and toxins known as mycotoxins.

Most homeowners are aware of the detrimental impact of mold spores and toxins on their health and well-being. Parents with young children also take steps to protect their little ones from mold spores. But what about your pets? Remember that they are not immune to molds. They are at risk as well.

Any of these Sound Familiar?

Although your pet cannot express itself in words, it may exhibit several symptoms related to the mold infestation such as:

Excessive itching

Chewing its own feet and skin

Broken skin




Do these symptoms sound familiar? If yes, your pet may be suffering due to the mold spores and toxins in your home.

Mold can Harm Your Pet

Veterinarians have always believed that molds can impact pets just the way they impact humans. However, they did not have any documented evidence to prove their suspicion. That has changed now. A recent press release by the American Veterinary Medical Association has confirmed the hazardous effect of mold on your pet’s health. The conclusion was based on the findings of Florida-based veterinary specialist Douglas Mader. He was performing a dental procedure on two cats when he noticed frothy blood in their anesthesia tubes. He discontinued the procedure immediately but the two animals died within the next two days. The blood samples of the cats indicated the presence of toxic black mold in their lung capillaries. Both the animals died of pulmonary hemorrhage. Upon further investigation, toxic black mold was found in the walls of the home where the cats lived. Although the animals did not show any external symptoms, the fungus was causing significant internal damage.

Health Risks

The health risks associated with black molds can vary significantly. Some pets may suffer from mild respiratory illness, while others may experience severe lung trauma. The mold may weaken the capillaries of the lungs. The weak capillaries may not tolerate even moderate amounts of stress. They may burst and bleed.

The condition may also lead to serious complications. Your veterinarian may notice bloody respiratory discharge during anesthetic procedures. The procedure should be discontinued immediately under such circumstances.

 How To Protect Your Pet?

Contact your veterinarian immediately, especially when you notice excessive itching, biting, chewing, fatigue or depression. If you are aware of mold infestation in your home and have family members suffering from mold-related symptoms, it may be a good idea to take your pet to the veterinarian. He can check the animal to make sure there is no latent or underlying infection.

The veterinarian may prescribe corticosteroids to stabilize the capillaries. He may also recommend antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infection. You should also take steps to remove the mold from your home. Seek professional help if required. You may also consider moving to another house until the mold problem is cleared in your existing one

Ben Sawyer and his wife were subtenants in NYC appartment full of mold. They had to move out because mold grew big and their appartment became unsafe environment. Their pets also had halth issues because of the mold. Ben asked for advice, and got these tips he is now sharing with you.

Top 5 IPhone Apps For Pet Owners

bandai-smartpet-iphone-pet-dog-2For many people, a household pet is more than a companion; it’s a member of the family. Thus, people assume the same responsibilities with their pets they would when dealing with any close friend or family member. Owners monitor their pet’s health by taking it to the vet, and they oversee the animal’s diet and ensure it is receiving the proper amount of nutrition. These are hefty responsibilities, and like many things in modern life, technology can be a useful tool.

Take the mobile revolution and rise in popularity of mobile apps, for example. There are countless subsets of mobile apps geared for all types of purposes, including caring for a pet. There are so many of these options, in point of fact, that it becomes necessary to whittle down the list to only the cream of the crop.

So with that in mind, here are some of the best iPhone apps for pet owners.

Dog Whistle – free

Who would have thought the iPhone would turn out to be a capable dog trainer? But with Dog Whistle, that’s exactly the role the handheld assumes. This straightforward app provides a digital dog whistle and the user selects the appropriate frequency from a number of options. The user then simply presses the “Play” button and the training can commence.

PetsBook — $0.99

Monitoring the health of a pet is a big responsibility, which is way many users could use a helping hand. With PetsBook, pet owners can keep track of vet appointments, vaccinations and records all through an sleek interface. Not only that, but users can upload photos of their pet, create profiles and write stories next to the photo about their favorite four-legged friend. Pet owners can even make vet appointments directly through the app.

iKibble — $0.99

Those who want to give their pet food that provides the utmost in nutrition would do well to install this app on their iPhone. iKibble is a comprehensive database of pet food that allows user to search by different categories, including pet type. This app even provides detailed nutritional and product info for those pets that have special dietary requirements. It can even provide a list of tasty treats for those pets that have been particularly “good boys.”

Pet First Aid — $3.99

It’s never fun dealing with a pet’s health concerns, but with Pet First Aid, owners get comprehensive info in the form of detailed tutorials and video illustrations that guide regarding how to administer first aid to a pet. The app covers everything from common injuries to giving meds to even performing CPR.

My Pets – Ask the Vets — $19.99

Those concerned with their pet’s health and who would like direct access to real-world advice from actual vets should find this app very helpful. It does have a hefty price tag, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to put to rest any serious health concerns regarding a pet the moment those concerns present themselves.

In the world of mobile apps, there are new options available seemingly every day. And indeed, there will likely be more pet-based apps on the market in the near future. Regardless, these options won’t lose their relevancy anytime soon and should provide pet owners with all the assistance they need regarding their smaller, less human members of the family.

Scott Johnson is a tech blogger who writes on behalf of companies such as smartphone insurer, a popular brand who insures gadgets that people can’t live without.

It’s Raw! Is the Raw Pet Food Diet Really Worth the Cost?

Raw Pet FoodThe raw food diet is a big trend in weight loss and healthy living in people. That diet is now being brought over to our pet community. This is bringing up a lot of discussion on the benefits of feeding our pets raw pet food.

The Argument

The arguments in support of the diets claim that it is overall a healthier way for your dog to live. The food is more natural, ie. organic. It leads to healthier weight, shinier coats, fewer skin problems, fewer allergies, fewer ear infections, less plaque and tartar on teeth, and a longer living pet.

Feeding your pet raw pet food leads to fewer trips to the vet, especially later in life, and promotes a happier more natural dog. Natural meaning they are closer to nature and their ancestral roots.

The Counter Argument

Cost. This is the biggest argument against raw pet food. The cost of the food is sometimes 10x more than standard pet food. The supporters of the diet are not primarily suggesting you make your own raw pet food, rather they are selling raw pet food in pet supply stores. Their pet food has a larger diversity in ingredients including duck, lamb and goats milk.

Of course, switching to high quality dry dog food will also result in less plaque and tarter. Quality pet food overall will lead to fewer skin problems, allergies, ear infections and promote longevity. Will one result in more of these things? That is yet to be seen.

The diet has not been around long enough to conclusively say that it leads to fewer trips to the vet or that it has long term health benefits. What has been shown is that their is a significantly higher presence of E-Coli and Salmonella in raw pet food.

The argument that your pet lives longer on raw food is being countered by the fact that wolves, who only live on a raw food diet, only live an average of 6 years.

Ultimately the raw pet food diet is a costly alternative to a traditional dog food diet. Will it lead to a healthier dog? Maybe, but the jury is still out.