Check your gardens for mushrooms

By | 2017-11-26T05:21:35+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorised|Comments Off on Check your gardens for mushrooms

Mushroom and dog image
We have seen two cases of mushroom poisoning in the past week, the warm wet weather is perfect for mushrooms to grow. The symptoms that dogs can show vary enormously depending on type and quantity eaten, and can vary from gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain to unusual neurological signs like ataxia (wobbily legs), incontinence, temporary blindness and/or hallucinations, seizures and coma type signs. These symptoms can come on suddenly or gradually.

There is no specific treatment other than supportive therapy involving intravenous fluids, activated charcoal and treatment of specific symptoms as they arise, but prompt action is preferable.

Thankfully both our cases recovered within 24 hours, but they both needed to be hospitalised and treated during this period.

Please check your gardens for any mushrooms, they can be quite difficult to spot but tend to grow in shadier areas, and also be vigilant when out walking your dogs.

About the Author:

At the Well Aminal Clinic we pride ourselves on being able to offer a comprehensive range of care to pet owners. We'll also be posting information about events in the local and surrounding areas and useful information from general pet care to monthly articles written by our very own vets. If you have something we could feature why not send us an email.