Moldy Food (Mycotoxins)

Moldy Bread

Pictured: Moldy Bread

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Birds, Cows

Level of toxicity: Generally moderate to severe

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Incoordination
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Elevated body temperature

Ingestion of moldy food from the garbage or a compost pile puts dogs, cats, horses, livestock, 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, incoordination, tremors, seizures, and elevated body temperature. A specific mycotoxin called aflatoxin can even cause liver failure. Be sure to keep moldy food and compost out of your pets’ reach!

Poison type: foods

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