January

The One Where The Dog Ate a Mushroom

The Details

What happens when your previously healthy pet eats something he found in your yard and wakes up the next morning completely unresponsive? That nightmare became a reality for Awilda Cadet, whose 80lb dog Davidson (affectionately known as Davey) started vomiting and displaying strange symptoms several hours after she caught him eating a wild mushroom. Following a visit to their local New York state veterinarian, identification of the type of mushroom from a local garden nursery and guidance from Pet Poison Helpline’s board-certified toxicologists throughout his hospital stay, it was confirmed that Davey had ingested a highly poisonous fungi known as a Destroying Angel mushroom (Amanita bisporigera). It turns out the name is very descriptive.