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Mushroom Poisoning in Pets

While the vast majority of wild mushrooms aren’t toxic to pets, there are a few species that are. What’s worse, some poisonous mushrooms have a fishy odor that may attract dogs and cats. Here, a Sugarland veterinarian discusses the symptoms and treatment for mushroom poisoning in pets.

Symptoms

While the symptoms that accompany ingestion of poisonous mushrooms will vary depending on the type and toxicity of the mushroom itself, general symptoms are usually vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, jaundice, stomach pains, drooling, and difficulty walking or moving. Severe cases of poisoning will lead to seizures, coma, or even death.

Treatment

If you witness or suspect your dog or cat has ingested a toxic mushroom, rush them to the vet’s office immediately. If possible, bring a sample of the mushroom you think your pet ingested to help with identification and treatment.

Your veterinarian may induce vomiting to rid your pet’s body of the toxin. Activated charcoal may be given to stop further absorption of the toxin in your pet’s system. Pets may undergo fluid therapy, which stabilizes fluid levels and increases urination to eliminate the poison from the body. Usually, dogs and cats recovery fully from wild mushroom poisoning, especially if treatment is administered quickly. For this reason, it’s imperative that you bring your pet to your vet’s office as soon as you suspect a case of poisoning.

Prevention

Check your yard regularly for the presence of mushrooms. You can do some research to determine if they’re dangerous or not, or simply remove them to be completely safe. Dispose of them properly so your pet has no chance of coming in contact with them.

Supervise your pet when he’s out in the yard. On walks, prevent your pet from exploring in grassy areas where you can’t see what he’s getting into, and don’t let him into damp, dark areas where mushrooms might flourish. Consult your Sugarland veterinary professional for more tips on preventing encounters with toxic mushrooms and other outdoor dangers.

 

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