March 2015
Toxicology
Peer Reviewed

You have asked…

How should mushroom toxicosis be treated in dogs when the mushroom can rarely be identified?

The expert says…

There are thousands of mushroom species in North America, but fewer than 100 are poisonous.1 Mushroom species can be difficult to identify, so treatment, especially in dogs that scavenge, is based on the presumption that the mushroom is toxic.2 The following focuses on types of mushrooms that can result in poisoning in dogs (Tables 1 and 2).

See Table 1. Toxicologic Classification of Toxic Mushrooms


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