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Wild Mushroom Poisoning In Dogs

It’s that time of year again when mushrooms are popping up in the parks and trails around the Comox Valley. Although this can be a fun time of year for nature lovers and mushroom pickers, it can also prove to be quite dangerous for our scavenging, canine companions.

Mushrooms come in many varieties and not all are poisonous. However, any wild-growing mushrooms should be considered toxic until proven otherwise. Dogs are scavengers by nature and are high risk for mushroom ingestion and poisoning. The most common times of year are spring, summer, and fall. Fall can be the height of mushroom season; in fact, we’ve already seen a few cases of toxicity here at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital.

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. Things to watch for include:

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

If you see 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 just cause some gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea) and abdominal pain, some varieties may cause liver and/or kidney failure and consequently death if not treated.

Diagnosing mushroom intoxication is based on suspicion, known exposure and evidence of mushroom parts in vomit or stomach contents. Treatment is based on clinical signs and supportive care. Here at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, treatment can include induction of vomiting, administering activated charcoal, intravenous fluid therapy to maintain hydration due to vomiting and diarrhea, and treatment for liver/kidney failure or seizure.

Prevention is the best medicine! Checking your yard and garden for the presence of mushrooms on a frequent basis can greatly reduce the risk. Walking your dogs in parks and running them off leash is still a great form of exercise but it may be wise to keep them on a leash during mushroom season, especially if you are concerned about accidental ingestion.

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. Give us a call at 250.334.8400.

Written by Van Isle Veterinary Hospital 

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Last updated: September 22, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE ORDERS

The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE

4. OPERATING HOURS

During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital