Australia is home to over 10,000 species of mushrooms and whilst only a small percentage of those are known to be poisonous, it is important to treat all mushroom ingestions as potentially harmful until proven otherwise.
Depending on the species, consumption of a poisonous mushroom can cause various clinical signs ranging from mild, mostly gastrointestinal, disturbances to fulminant liver failure and death. Proper care of an animal that has ingested a wild mushroom can seem like a daunting task. In these cases, a mycologist can prove invaluable as accurate identification of the fungus helps guide the path to appropriate treatment, improved outcomes, and a more refined prognosis.
The Animal Poisons Helpline is excited to announce the introduction of our mushroom identification service. The service aims to assist in the management of fungi poisonings by providing a prompt risk assessment of all exposures. Identification by an experienced mycologist will prompt early intervention and management where appropriate. In most cases, we will be able to identify the fungi down to a genus level within 30-60 minutes.
The cost of the service, which will include the identification and case advice is $230 EX GST for non-member clinics and only $130 EX GST for member clinics. The instructions for photographing the mushroom, as well as the template backing can be downloaded below. Please call us on 1300 869 738 to initiate the identification process.