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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I am unsure of whether my puppy (9 & 1/2 weeks old) had a

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Hi there, I am unsure of whether my puppy (9 & 1/2 weeks old) had a small piece of a mushroom this morning. She seemed fine, she has been eating and drinking normally, but she has been more lathargic than normal? Should I take her to the vets first thing in the morning?
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Category: Dog
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on your puppy, please?

Because of the difficulty in differentiating between toxic and nontoxic mushrooms any ingestion of unidentified mushrooms by pest should prompt decontamination procedures. Inducing emesis should be done under the guidance of a vet and then activated charcoal (the “universal antidote”) is tubed down my patient’s gastrointestinal tract. The prognosis after mushroom ingestion varies widely; for example...

GI irritant, muscarinic, and hallucinogenic mushrooms: excellent with supportive care

Hepatotoxic mushrooms: guarded to poor with hepatotoxicosis (liver poisoning)

Gyromitin containing mushrooms: guarded with hepatotoxicosis and hemolysis (red blood cell breakdown)

Nephrotoxic (kidney poisoning): guarded.

Have any untoward signs arisen?