Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms?

There are hundreds of types of mushrooms on our planet, but only a few can be eaten. However, the answer to this question is yes, they can. Dogs can only have the mushrooms available in the supermarket. If a mushroom is alright for humans, it is likely alright for dogs.

How About Cooked Mushrooms?

Cooked mushrooms are not recommended for your furry friend, because they are rich in salt and contain a substance that can be harmful.

If your dog ingests a small amount of cooked mushrooms, it is not the end of the world, but it is still wise to avoid them. After all, preventing a disease is better than curing it.

Too many mushrooms can cause sodium toxicity, which in turn can be deadly for your four legged companion.

Symptoms to Watch For

Look out for the following symptoms, because they might be caused by sodium toxicity.

  • Stomach ache
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Liver failure
  • Coma
  • Salivation
  • Jaundice

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your dog’s veterinarian right away before things deteriorate.

Mushroom toxicity can be deadly for your dog, especially if you don’t seek medical help as soon as possible.

Recommendations and Cautions

  1. 1
    When you add cooked mushrooms to your dog’s diet, add a very small portion. Any more than that, and your dog may end up in trouble.
  2. 2
    The only type of mushrooms that are safe for your dog are the ones sold in the supermarket. These aren’t terrible for people or animals.
  3. 3
    Always consult your dog’s vet before you introduce new foods to your dog.
  4. 4
    Bear in mind that dogs receive pretty much all the nutrition they need from standard dog food. That’s why mushrooms should be added to your dog’s diet with extreme care.

Benefits of Cooked Mushrooms

Mushrooms are full of nutrients, so feeding them to your dog can bring the following benefits:

  1. 1
    They can protect your dog from cancer
  2. 2
    They can boost his immune system
  3. 3
    Mushrooms also maintain kidney function
  4. 4
    Mushrooms protect your dog from heart disease.
  5. 5
    They stabilize blood pressure.
  6. 6
    They can reduce cholesterol.

Safe mushrooms for dogs

The following kinds of mushrooms are what dogs can safely eat:

  • Maitake
  • Reishi
  • Portobello
  • Shiitake
  • Porcini
  • White button
  • Cremini

If you do add mushrooms to your pet’s diet, make sure to avoid spices and sauces. His stomach can be very sensitive.

Toxic Mushrooms

There are roughly one hundred types of mushrooms that will harm your dog. Here is a list of the most dangerous.

  • Gyromitra
  • Amanita gemmata
  • Amanita phalloides
  • Inocybe
  • Ckitocybe dealbata

It can be a challenge to separate the good mushrooms from the bad. If your dog eats a mushroom that you can’t identify, consult your veterinarian immediately.

What To Do

Your course of action will depend on three questions. What symptoms are showing in my dog? What kind of mushroom are we talking about? Did he actually eat it?  If your dog eats toxic mushrooms, contact his vet; they will identify how harmful it is and provide the proper care.

John

Hi, I'm John. People often recognize me as a professional dog trainer and blogger. I wear many hats. My proudest title is being a dog advocate. Anyhow, if you ever want to reach out send me a message john@mylargedogs.com