MUSHROOM WARNING

Mushroom warning

MUSHROOM WARNING

Mushroom warning

We are once again in ‘mushroom season’, and the Animal Poisons Helpline is seeing a sharp seasonal increase in the number of calls regarding pets eating wild mushrooms.

Wild mushroom ingestion can result in a spectrum of clinical signs depending on the species and toxin involved. Whilst many species will result in either no signs or a transient gastroenteritis like syndrome, some mushrooms such as Amanita phalloides (commonly known as the Death cap) can result in life-threatening effects after the ingestion of even small quantities. In some cases, signs of poisoning can be delayed hours or even days.

During this time of the year, wild mushroom ingestions are one of the most common reasons for calls to the Animal Poisons Helpline. You can reduce your pet’s risk by keeping them leashed during walks and removing mushrooms from your yard before your pet has a chance to eat them. If your pet has ingested a wild mushroom, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline for advice, even if your pet appears completely well.

The Animal Poisons Helpline provides free advice to pet owners in Australia and New Zealand and can be reached on ☎️1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ). If you don’t already follow the Animal Poisons Helpline Facebook Page, follow now to receive live animal poisons alerts and updates. If you are a member of a veterinary team in Australia or New Zealand, you can join the Animal Poisons Centre For Vets Facebook group which is regularly updated with toxicology tidbits and poisoning trends.