Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms? – Edible Mushrooms For Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms?
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Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms?

It indeed depends on the type of mushroom you actually feed your dog with. Mushrooms are generally a complicated food type. These edible fungi can be traced to our gardens, yards, and also in parks.

Do dogs eat wild mushrooms? 

Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to answer this question – can dogs eat mushrooms that grow in the wild? Some dog lovers blatantly believe that dogs can use their scent to avoid eating wild mushrooms. However, this is absolutely false. If your dog happens to gobble a wild mushroom, immediately rush him to the nearest vet.

There are reports which explicitly states that wild mushroom incidents are severely under-reported, causing fatal poisoning in dogs.

What kind of mushrooms is toxic?

Some of the wild mushrooms to avoid include

  • Clitocybe dealbata and Inocybe spp mushrooms
  • False morel or gyromitra spp.
  • Deadly Agaric or Amanita muscaria
  • Jewelled deathcap or Amanita gemmata
  • Galerina autumnalis or gallerina marginata,
  • Deathtrap or Amanita phalloides

Signs of wild mushroom poisoning in pets including dogs

The signs of mushroom poisoning largely depend on the mushroom species because different mushrooms contain certain toxins which ultimately affects the dog differently.

Mushroom Type Toxins and Side Effects
Amanita mushroomsAmanitin toxins; acute kidney injury, liver failure, GI troubles
Clitocybe dealbata and Inocybe sppNeurological signs, diarrhea, increased urination, eye-watering, and salivation
Amanita mushrooms- othersDiarrhea, vomiting, seizures, walking drunk, tremors, and sedation

Common mushroom poisoning signs in particular include:

  • Liver failure
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Ataxia (staggering gait)
  • Lethargy
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Salivation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Jaundice
  • Vomiting

Treatment for mushroom poisoning in dogs

Vet treatment completely depends on the mushroom type, the signs, and also the time of ingestion.

If possible, wrap the mushroom in a wet paper towel and show it to your vet so that your vet can save precious time by administering the right kind of drugs immediately to save your dog.



Can dogs be fed with a market made mushrooms like portabello mushrooms?

According to experts, mushrooms sold in grocery and also in large stores are normally safe for them to eat.

Unless mushrooms are served plain without any sort of vegetables like onion and garlic, seasoning, butter, and oils, it is better to avoid them.

Instead, choose to feed your pet with an apple slice or carrot stick.

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