Hopeful Henry: Dangerous fungi for furry friends
While we need the rain the wet weather brings out mushrooms, which can grow in your yard as well as in the forests. Mushrooms can be toxic to your pets.
Mushroom poisoning in pets may be underestimated. Mushroom species can be difficult to nearly impossible for even mushroom experts (called mycologists) to identify. That difficulty is compounded by the fact that little is known about the potential toxicity of many species. Mushrooms reported as edible in Europe have been associated with toxicity cases in North America and vice-versa. Mushroom toxicity reportedly can vary depending on habitat and/or what other plants or trees are growing nearby. And many mushrooms can contain more than one poisonous substance.
Toxicity also can depend on underlying health conditions in victims or on other substances they may ingest. And in our global economy, toxic mushrooms from other parts of the world that resemble species presumed edible in the United States have been imported to North America, further muddying the scene.
To be safe, it’s best to keep your pet away from all wild mushrooms and call your veterinarian immediately if you think your animal has eaten a mushroom. This photo gallery shows a handful of the most recognizable species of toxic mushrooms.
So keep an eye on your pets, pay attention to what they eat in your yard and the wild. The safest thing to do is to pull any mushrooms on your property as soon as you see them.
Submit your furry family members photos to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society’s calendar/card photo contest. Visit http://www.LakeTahoeHUmaneSociety.org and click on the calendar link, scroll to bottom of the page, fill out form and submit photos. It is a fun way to support the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and help them help local animals in need.
Submit questions or letters via email to AskHenry@LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org or by mail to P.O. Box PET South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 96158. The Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA now has a FaceBook page so stop by and check it out at http://www.Facebook.com/LakeTahoeHumaneSocietySPCA. Also become a Facebook friend of HopefulHenry at http://www.Facebook.com/Hopeful.Henry or follow us on Twitter @LtHumaneSociety.
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