Dogs are inquisitive and curious by nature. So it is very much possible that your very best buddy can have exposure to potential toxins around. Being a cautious dog owner you may be reluctant to share any new fruit or vegetable with your buddy but did you know that something in your yard or garden or woods where you take your dog for a walk can kill your dog? The idea is scary but as an informed pet owner, you really know to look deep into the matter.
What is this poisonous and toxic thing? A mushroom. Really! Mushrooms which are no doubt your favorite, chopped, sliced and topped with your pizza or sauce. Is mushroom safe for dogs? Can dogs eat mushrooms? In this post, we will try to sort out if you can give your dog mushrooms and also look at the species of mushrooms that are poisonous for your dog.
Can I give mushrooms to my dog?
Dogs can eat mushrooms but not every kind of mushroom is safe for your Fido. If your dog is not allergic to mushrooms then you can feed occasionally but only the super market bought ones as they are tested and approved by the experts so are safe for your dog.
Mushrooms are difficult to identify even for the mushroom experts (the species of mushrooms) so it is impossible for you to judge whether the mushroom specie is safe for your dog or not. Do not rely on your instincts and only feed the supermarket bought ones if you really want to give mushrooms to your dog.
Can dogs eat raw mushrooms? It is recommended not to feed raw mushrooms and cook them before feeding to your dog. Feed in a small amount and gage your dog’s reaction. If everything went smooth you can occasionally feed mushrooms to your dog and if anything unusual like digestive problems, diarrhea or stomach pain happen do not continue to feed mushrooms to your buddy.
Kinds of mushrooms that are unsafe for your dog
Keep your dog away from every kind of wild mushrooms that pop out in gardens, yards, and sidewalks. Some of the most common poisonous mushrooms that can be life- threatening for your dog are:
- Amanita Muscaria
- Amanita Gemmata
- Amanita Phalloides
- Helvella Lacunosa
- Galerina Marginata
Benefits of mushrooms for your dog
The power of some mushroom species is hard to counter. Research has proved numerous benefits of some species of mushrooms for dogs, cats, and other animals. Yunzhi or Kawaratake Mushroom, Reishi Mushroom, Shiitake Mushroom and Maitake Mushroom are the ones which are even used medically to treat cancers, hepatic diseases, bronchitis, internal parasites, yeast infection, respiratory conditions, viral infections, Lyme disease and many other health problems. Some of the benefits mushrooms have are:
- Mushrooms are full of vitamin B, D, and folic acid.
- Mushrooms contain a high amount of niacin.
- Mushrooms are full of anti-oxidants.
- Mushrooms are low in calories.
- Mushrooms are full of protein like amino acids precursers.
- Mushrooms are also thought to be effective for your dog’s immune system.
- Mushrooms are also found effective in treating cancers in dogs.
- Mushrooms also contain Polysaccharides glycogen, chitin, beta-D-glucans, and anti –cancer.
- Mushrooms also have minerals like potassium, selenium, sulfur, sodium, iron, copper, germanium zinc, and phosphorus.
- Mushrooms help to improve intestinal health and act as prebiotics.
Are mushrooms bad for dogs?
Yes, if your dog is allergic to mushrooms then even safe species of mushrooms are bad for your buddy and should be avoided. Dogs allergic to mushrooms or if unsafe species are eaten by dogs could result in mushroom toxicity which needs to be checked by a veterainrian.
Signs of mushroom toxicity
If your dog has ingested wild mushroom and you suspect any of the following signs call your vet or animal poison control Centre (ASPCA) immediately.
- Coma like sleep
- Eyes becoming yellowish and watery
Let your veterinarian know that your dog has ingested mushroom so that he or she can carry out necessary treatment required. It is also wise to take the sample of the wild mushroom with you so that it would be easier for your vet to take action accordingly.
So pet parents we hope you have got your answer Can dogs have mushrooms. Yes but not the ones grew in your garden, yard or streets where your Fido goes for a walk. You can only share with your buddy the super market bought mushrooms and also remember cook it before feeding to your dog.
We also know that it is difficult for you to prevent mushrooms from popping out in your lawn but a few modest amendments may help you conquest these poisonous life threatening mushrooms over time. Applying 5 pounds of 21-0-0 ammonium sulfate per 1,000 square feet of lawn speeds decomposition of organic remains. Dethatching and aerating the soil on a regular basis can also be effective. If your lawn mushrooms persevere, you can remove the mushrooms as they pop for the safety of your pet.