250.334.8400

Be Mindful of Mushrooms

Fall means many things to many people, and for us here at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, it means being mindful of mushrooms! For nature lovers and mushroom pickers, this is an exciting time of year, but for animal lovers, it can also be dangerous. When out hiking and walking trails, all wild-growing mushrooms should be considered toxic and should be avoided. Remember, our dogs are scavengers by nature and are at high risk for mushroom ingestion and poisoning. The most common seasons we see mushroom toxicity here at the hospital are spring, summer and fall.

Toxic mushrooms are divided into eight groups based on their toxin type. You may be surprised to learn that six of these groups have representative members common throughout North America.

Signs of mushroom toxicity can vary depending on the type of mushroom. Symptoms of mushroom toxicity include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive salivation
  • Abdominal pain (hunched over stance, whimpering when picked up)
  • Lethargy
  • Jaundice
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If your pet experiences any of the above symptoms and there is a suspicion that your dog has been exposed to mushrooms, you should contact your veterinarian right away. While a lot of mushrooms may cause some gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea), some varieties may cause liver and/or kidney failure and consequently death if not treated quickly.

Prevention is the best medicine. Regular checks of your yard and gardens for the presence of mushrooms significantly reduce the risk. Walking your dogs in parks and running them off leash is an excellent form of exercise but it may be wise to keep them on a leash during mushroom season.

There is no adequate home care for mushroom toxicity. If you know or suspect that your dog has eaten mushrooms, it is best to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Written by: Van Isle Veterinary Hospital

Category:
Staff's really helpful and welcoming. They have a beautiful building. If I had one complaint they're almost too busy. Can…

Chubb Rock

Very spacious lobby with beautiful wood accents. The lady at the reception desk was very helpful and seemed to genuinely…

Judy Bood

Great, knowledgable, gentle, friendly staff. They genuinely care for your fur babies and it shows. I trust my cat and…

Curt Carbonell

They were accommodating and helpful assisting me with a pet that I was looking after for somebody. They made…

Darin Darin

Blog

Over Excitement and Exercise

Often when we see a very active dog that has an open mouth “grin” on their face, tongue hanging out, running about with owners in tow, we think “now there’s a happy dog!”

Read More
See All Articles