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DOGS AND MUSHROOMS DON’T MIX!

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Lou Racine

Author: Dog Paddling With Tiny: A GUIDE TO KAYAKING WITH A DOG

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dogs and mushrooms don't mixNot too many dogs are likely to look at a mushroom and think, oh wow, I gotta get me some of that; however, a young playful pup might initially see a mushroom as a play thing and start to rip it up.  We all know how quickly this situation can escalate from ripping to eating…  It’s tough to say what a dog will, and won’t eat, and why they eat some of the things that they do.  I recently caught our bigger dog, Candy, eating a brand-spanking-new SOS pad straight from the box–go figure!

The dampness of autumn, along with the falling leaves, can help to create situations that cause mushrooms to grow more readily, and in places previously not seen.  There are mushrooms that can be safely eaten by humans and dogs, and there are those that humans can eat, but that might be harmful to a dog. While still others can be harmful if eaten by either human or dog. Toxicity can also depend upon things like the age and health of the dog. The age and condition of some plants and fungi can decrease or increase their overall toxicity as well.

Many mushrooms that are safe to eat can resemble those that are not; so, unless you are going to delve deep into learning to identify mushrooms, the safest course of action would be to keep a watchful eye on your dog in the great outdoors!  This includes walking, hiking, camping, and bicycling with dogs–and yes, even kayaking with a dog!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned around to find my dog wading into the water, eating grass, or otherwise occupying himself,  in the amount of time it took me to unstrap my kayak–and he’s on leash while doing this!  Or he’ll go ashore to do his business and something interesting will catch his sniffer! While I don’t want to create any undo paranoia, I would like to toss this out there so that you are aware of this danger because sometimes a word of caution can save a life.

If you know, or suspect, that your dog has gotten into mushrooms and you’re not sure if they are poisonous, remove the dog from the situation, snap a clear close up photo of the mushrooms, and call your vet for advice on what, if any, further action should be taken. Whether you take your dog immediately to the vet, or later, these photos can help to save a dogs life because they will clearly identify the culprit and the exact poisons found in that fungi. Drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea can be early symptoms.  Best not to gamble with this one because some of the more poisonous fungi can cause liver and kidney damage. This situation could require hospitalization over night.

For more information about kayaking with a dog and other safety information regarding dogs, check out Lou’s new book, Dog Paddling With Tiny: A GUIDE TO KAYAKING WITH A DOG (reg price $6.72 print/$4.29 kindle) and the many articles found on this site under “It’s A Dog’s Life.Thank you for your continued support: don’t forget to click “like” and share!

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Not too many dogs are likely to look at a mushroom and think, oh wow, I gotta get me some of that; however, a young playful pup might initially see a mushroom as a play thing and start to rip it up. We all know how quickly this situation can escalate from ripping to eating... It's tough to say what a dog will, and won't eat, and why they eat some of the things that they do. I recently caught our bigger dog, Candy, eating a brand-spanking-new SOS pad straight from the box--go figure! The dampness of autumn, along with the falling leaves, can help to create situations that cause mushrooms to grow more...
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