Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms? A Comprehensive Guide

Is it safe for your furry friend to chow down on some mushrooms? Find out in our comprehensive article, complete with tips to keep your dog safe.
Can Dogs Eat mushrooms?

The short answer is no, dogs should not eat mushrooms. While some mushrooms, such as organic, unseasoned, and raw mushrooms bought from supermarkets, are safe for humans to eat and can potentially be safe for dogs as well, many varieties can be toxic to dogs and can cause serious health problems. In severe cases, ingestion of toxic mushrooms can even be fatal. It is important to understand dogs' diet and why mushrooms can be a concern for their health.

Types of mushrooms

There are many different types of mushrooms, some of which can be edible for humans but toxic for dogs:

Edible mushrooms for humans

These are the mushrooms commonly found in supermarkets and include varieties such as button, shiitake, and portobello mushrooms.

Toxic mushrooms for dogs

There are several toxic mushroom species that pose a threat to dogs:

Amanita phalloides (Death Cap)

Amanita muscaria (Fly Agaric)

Galerina marginata (Autumn Galerina)

Gyromitra spp. (False Morels)

Inocybe spp. and Clitocybe dealbata (White Clitocybe)

Symptoms of mushroom poisoning in dogs

If your dog ingests toxic mushrooms, they may exhibit a range of symptoms. These can include:

Gastrointestinal symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

Neurological symptoms

  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Ataxia (loss of coordination)

Liver and kidney damage symptoms

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Lethargy

Treatment for mushroom poisoning in dogs

If you suspect your dog has ingested toxic mushrooms, seek immediate attention from your veterinarian. Treatment may include:

Inducing vomiting

Your vet may induce vomiting to remove the mushrooms from your dog's system.

Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal may be administered to help absorb any remaining toxins in the dog's system.

Supportive care

Your dog may require supportive care, such as:

  • Fluid therapy
  • Medications to control symptoms
  • Liver protectants and kidney support

Identifying toxic mushrooms

Identifying toxic mushrooms can be difficult, as they can often resemble edible varieties. Consider the following:

Physical characteristics

Examine the mushroom's color, size, and shape, but be aware that these can vary within the same species.

Location and habitat

Consider where the mushroom was found, as some toxic species grow in specific habitats.

Consult with a mycologist or veterinarian

If in doubt, consult with an expert who can help identify the mushroom.

Safety tips for dog owners

To prevent your dog from ingesting toxic mushrooms, implement the following safety tips:

  • Regularly inspect your yard for mushrooms and remove them immediately
  • Keep your dog on a leash in unfamiliar areas
  • Train your dog to avoid mushrooms
  • Educate yourself on local mushroom species

Alternatives to mushrooms for dogs

There are several safe vegetables and fruits that can be given to dogs as part of a balanced diet. These include:

  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Apples
  • Blueberries

Remember that a balanced diet is essential for keeping your dog healthy.


Awareness and prevention are crucial when it comes to keeping your dog safe from toxic mushrooms. By following safety tips, monitoring your dog's environment, and providing a balanced diet, you can help keep your furry friend safe and healthy.

Medically Reviewed by Saba Afzal, DVM, RVMP

Saba is a clinical veterinarian dedicated to delivering accurate and updated knowledge to pet owners. Her expertise is in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Pets Animal Management and handling, and training.

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