Mushroom poisoning of dogs
S.Helfer at rbge.org.uk
Fri Nov 10 04:39:12 EST 1995
There is a publication in MYCOLOGIST 8, page 50-51(1994) by Philippa
Yam, myself and Roy Watling here at Edinburgh. The case involved a
Springer Spaniel who had eaten Inocybe phaeocomis (apparently
preferentially) and was admitted to the small animals clinic of the
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies with
obvious symptoms of poisoning. The dog eventually recovered after
emergency treatment and care at the clinic.
A letter to the editor of The Veterinary Record by the same authors
was also published (Vol 133, page 24; 1993).
I have since been told by readers of the Mycologist that similar
poisonings have happened before [Labrador dog, again involving Inocybe
sp. (probably lacera), in southern England]. Unfortunately most of
these cases never get recorded.
I wonder if there is any scent or taste in certain Inocybe species
under certain circumstances which lead to this unusual behaviour in
dogs. The Spaniel had never been known to forage for mushrooms before in her
life, I don't know about the Labrador.
Dr Stephan Helfer, SSO
Mycologist / Plant Pathologist
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row, EDINBURGH EH3 5LR,
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