January

NY Dog Eats One of Nature’s Most Deadly Mushrooms, Lives to Bark About It

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.