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10 Poisonous Mushrooms Your Dog Should Avoid

10 Poisonous Mushrooms Your Dog Should Avoid

Critter Culture Staff



Wild mushrooms can look like a yummy mid-walk snack for your curious dog. But unfortunately, while some species of mushrooms are harmless, others can cause serious symptoms or even be fatal for your furry friend.

Unless you are a fungi expert, it can be challenging to differentiate between the mushroom species that are safe. Plus, as most mushrooms don't cause reactions for two or more hours, you won't be able to immediately tell if your pooch has eaten something they shouldn't.


Amanita muscaria

Group Of Fly Agaric With Red Caps On Mossy Forest Ground grafxart8888/ getty Images

Also called fly agaric, Amanita muscaria is a dangerous mushroom present throughout North America. This mushroom features a red cap covered in white specks and is often depicted in holiday-themed decorations, especially during the winter months when they are prevalent. Often found in woodland areas, including in some state and national parks, this mushroom is most likely to cause a pet to become delusional thanks to its neurological effects.


Amanita phalloides

Amanites Phalloïdes in the forest Minh Hoang Cong / 500px/ Getty Images

Specifically worrisome to dogs, Amanita phalloides, ominously referred to as death cap mushrooms, often seem like a harmless, beige-colored growth tucked into a wooded area or grassy patch. This mushroom contains hepatotoxic cyclopeptides, including virotoxins, phallotoxins, and the most dangerous, amatoxins, all of which can cause liver failure in dogs.


Galerina marginata

Galerina marginata mushroom Javier Garcia Seijas/ Getty Images

Often found in woodland areas, keep watch if your dog comes across a darker-colored mushroom called Galerina marginata, sometimes referred to as autumn skullcap. These mushrooms are usually under 2.5 inches high and are sticky with a darker brown to yellow coloring. It's one of the most poisonous mushrooms on the East Coast and can be fatal when consumed.


Chlorophyllum molybdites

Beautiful parasol mushroom or wild mushroom grown in the green field of grasses. Lingkon Serao/ Getty Images

With their smooth, white cap, Chlorophyllum molybdites often look similar to the mushroom you could find in your grocery store, but they're quite poisonous. If ingested, they can cause stomach cramping, vomiting, and weakness within 30 minutes of consumption.


Panaeolus cinctulus

A group of mushrooms on a green background of lawn, grass. Marina Bagrova/ Getty Images

Panaeolus cinctulus, often called magic mushrooms, are known to create neurological disorders and hallucinations in both people and animals. Simple, small, brown-colored mushrooms are foraged by many cultures for their psychedelic effects, but they're not safe for dogs (or their owners) to consume. If your furry friend ingests one, they're likely to cause gastro illness, alongside aggressiveness and an increased risk of cognitive function decline, meaning your dog should steer clear.


Amanita pantherine

young Panther cap mushroom in its natural wood enviroment boophotography/ Getty Images

With a white to brown colored cap usually under 15 centimeters in size, Amanita pantherine is easily hidden low to the ground. This mushroom can have varying color patterns but is often found under pine trees. It's toxic to dogs because it contains muscimol and ibotenic acid, which will lead to stomach problems and, depending on the amount consumed, could be deadly. 


Gyromitra esculenta

Brain mushroom/Gyromitra esculenta in Musteika Village, Staffan Widstrand/ Getty Images

More commonly known as false morels because they look similar to morels, Gyromitra esculenta is often found in the spring months in humid or moist areas with ample shade. As a hemolytic toxin-filled mushroom, dogs who munch on this one could face intense pain and central nervous system failure. It can also cause gastrointestinal damage, with symptoms beginning 6 to 12 hours after ingestion.


Entoloma abortivum

Close up of mushrooms in the forest

Often found near decaying wood, Entoloma abortivum is a mushroom that causes gastrointestinal distress, including stomach cramping and vomiting in dogs. A more angular mushroom with a steely gray coloring, it's relatively common in hardwood forests throughout North America.


Gyromitra caroliniana

A Gyromitra caroliniana growing up on the forest floor in the early spring Alex Blessing/ getty Images

Noted for its red to dark brown coloring, Gyromitra caroliniana is a false morel as well. Often found in the Ohio and Mississippi valleys, this beautiful but dangerous mushroom has a bright white stem with a tightly wrinkled cap. Quite large in overall size, with a cap as large as 12 centimeters in diameter, it is often found in sandy soils. Symptoms of toxicity often occur within six hours and include vomiting, seizures, and coma.



A fresh specimen of Inocybe napipes (Bulbous Fibrecap) growing in leaf litter on the forest floor PlazacCameraman/ Getty Images

Although several subspecies of Inocybe exist, they're typically small and brown, with some having a purple hue and a red center. They're commonly found sticking up out of the soil, and fallen leaves and are easily discovered by dogs as they run around following a scent trail in the woods. These mushrooms can cause digestion issues, with symptoms occurring within hours of consumption, and like all mushrooms mentioned, you should take your dog to the vet as soon as you suspect they have eaten one.


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