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Moldy Food (Mycotoxins)

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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally moderate to severe

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Walking drunk
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Severe secondary hyperthermia

Ingestion of moldy food from the garbage or a compost pile puts dogs, cats, and even wildlife at risk for toxicity due to tremorgenic mycotoxins. These toxins may be found in moldy bread, pasta, cheese, nuts, or other decaying matter like compost. Clinical signs include vomiting, agitation, walking drunk, tremors, seizures, and severe secondary hyperthermia. Signs may persist from hours to days, but typically resolve within 24-48 hours with aggressive veterinary treatment.

Poison type: Foods

Alternate names: aflatoxin, Aspergillus, moldy food, mold, penitrem, roquefortine, tremorgenic, compost, tremors, seizures, Penicillium

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