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Can dogs eat mushrooms?

Author: Adel Saadoun, Veterinary Doctor

There are more than 100,000 species of mushrooms, edible and not. As a food that is much appreciated by humans, it is normal to ask the following questions: can you give mushrooms to your dog? What are the dangers of mushrooms for dogs?

It is not easy to answer these two questions precisely because the answer depend on the species of mushroom.

In this article, we will show you the benefits of mushrooms for dogs, the edible species and the dangers of eating inedible mushrooms.

The benefits of mushrooms for dogs

The benefits of mushrooms for dogs are numerous, particularly because of their nutritional composition, which is quite rich and beneficial for his health. Indeed, mushrooms are composed of vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and proteins.

In addition, they are low in calories, which means that they are also suitable for obese and/or diabetic dogs.

In addition to their interesting nutritional composition, mushrooms also have several therapeutic properties as they have antimicrobial (against viruses, bacteria and parasites) and anti-tumour properties. Mushrooms also have positive effects on the immune system, kidney and cognitive functions.

This is why vets often recommend mushrooms as a supplement to other treatments for certain diseases.

The dangers of mushrooms in dogs

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It is important to keep in mind that some mushrooms are edible for humans but are toxic for dogs. You should also never offer wild mushrooms to your dog.

Some species of mushrooms, such as Amanita Gemmata, Amanita Muscaria and Amanita Phalloides are highly toxic and are therefore prohibited.

In addition, undercooked, spoiled or poorly ingested mushrooms can cause digestive disorders such as diarrhea, vomiting or hypersalivation.

In summary, there are life-threatening dangers in eating wild mushrooms, so it is strongly discouraged to give them to your dog.

Which mushrooms are edible for dogs?

About fifty species of mushrooms are edible for humans and dogs. They are more or less easy to identify and are generally sold on markets.

Here are some examples of the best known and most beneficial mushrooms for your dog’s health:

Reishi is a mushroom that has several medicinal virtues for both humans and dogs. Indeed, reishi acts as an antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory with antioxidant properties. It also has an effect on the stimulation of the immune system. It is ideal in the prevention of infections and allergies.

Shiitake, composed of amino acids, enzymes and minerals is a first choice food supplement for your four-legged friend. It is an excellent ally against digestive disorders and prevents infections by stimulating your pet’s immunity.

The portobello or button mushroom is a mushroom known for its antioxidant virtues because it is rich in vitamin C. It prevents certain neurodegenerative diseases and fights against the signs of old age.

How to give mushrooms to your dog and how much?

If you are considering giving your dog mushrooms for the first time, it is advisable to start by giving small pieces before gradually introducing them into your dog’s diet.

Your dog may not digest them. That’s why you should monitor his stools after ingestion and if he develops diarrhea, stop giving them to him.

Mushroom poisoning in dogs: what to do?

If your dog has ingested a toxic mushroom or even a mushroom whose origin you do not know, the first thing to do is to try to remove it from your pet’s mouth.

If this is not possible, contact a veterinarian immediately and follow their advice.

It is important to know that the first few hours after ingestion are crucial for the prognosis of a mushroom poisoning. It is therefore advisable to react quickly.

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