17 Mar Wild Mushrooms
With the recent rains over many parts of Australia, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of pets ingesting wild mushrooms. Australia and New Zealand are home to over 10,000 mushroom species and whilst only a small percentage of these are known to be poisonous, all mushroom ingestions should be regarded as potentially life-threatening until proven otherwise.
Mushroom ingestion can cause a range of symptoms depending on the species and toxin involved. Whilst many mushroom ingestions result in either no symptoms or purely a gastroenteritis like syndrome, some mushroom ingestions such as Amanita phalloides (commonly known as the Death cap) can be life-threatening even with small amounts.
Last year we received over 140 cases of pets ingesting wild mushrooms and this year we expect that number to double. As we are once again heading into the mushroom season, please be cautious by keeping your pets on a leash whilst walking them. Where possible, remove any mushrooms from your yard before your pet has a chance to play with or eat them.
If you regularly have mushrooms popping up in your backyard, the Helpline offers a mushroom identification service. Once a mushroom has been identified, our poisons information specialists can let you know if the mushroom is a danger to your pet and, if so, the anticipated effects. All proceeds from this service go towards keeping the Helpline free for all pet owners. Visit (animalpoisons.com.au/mushroomidentification) for more information.
If your pet has ingested a wild mushroom, you can call the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (from Australia) or 0800 869 738 (from New Zealand) for advice.
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