Dr. Mike Tells KDKA Radio How Mold Can Kill Your Dog

'There was an outbreak of black mold down in Florida after one of the hurricanes and some animals died from that'

Larry Richert and John Shumway
August 30, 2018 - 10:34 am


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Dr. Mike Hutchinson, Veterinarian and owner of Animal General in Cranberry, joined KDKA Radio on Thursday for his weekly spot.

He tells listeners how mold can affect dogs, whether or not dogs have allergies, if it is safe to clip a dog with a razor and more.

These are the questions:

How does mold affect dogs?

“They have different enzymes in their mouth than we do so, some of those enzymes protect them which is a good thing. A dog bite is probably cleaner than a human bite, that's because of the enzymes, they kill certain things,” Dr. Mike said

“There was an outbreak of black mold down in Florida after one of the hurricanes and some animals died from that. It can equally affect them.”

Do pets have seasonal allergies?

“Yes, they can get allergic to pollen just like we can and it’s a nightmare. Pets can't say 'I'm going to take an antihistamine and feel better', they have to depend on their owner,” Dr. Mike added.

“Some of them can get pretty bad before the owners make an end.”

Our dog is constantly shedding. Is it too late in the year to clip her?

“I don't think that's a good idea, ever. If you get these double coated dogs don't shave them. It helps insulate them from hot and cold and helps protect them from bug bites, fleas and ticks,” Dr. Mike tells KDKA.

“I think it is a great idea to constantly brush them and use those de-shedding tools. Omega 3 fatty acids are very effective to help decrease the amount of shedding they do.”

Our dog is seven and she has a large black area on her tongue. We took her to our vet and he said it is not melanoma, but we are still worried. Should we seek a cancer specialist?

“I believe that what your veterinarian probably saw was a melanotic area. Melanin is just a black pigment that gives us our tan. Sometimes it migrates to the tongue, and it’s not a cancer, it’s just a pigment. If your veterinarian said that’s all it was, that’s probably all it is,” said Dr. Mike.

“That is benign and nothing to worry about. If it’s raised, I would never discourage anyone from seeing a professional.”