While some mushrooms are safe to eat, others are not. Those that are not safe to give to your canine pal on a whim, may be found in your grocery store. They are often sold in bag form and in large chunks, and are often not labeled as being safe for use. Some may even be contaminated with harmful parasites.
Some types of mushrooms are safe to eat in large amounts, like coleus, maitake, porcini, golden seal and king oyster. Maitake, coleus and king oyster, however, can cause poisoning with ingestion if ingested in large amounts. In fact, these three mushrooms, when cooked, can produce toxic results. However, it’s possible to safely cook them with some amount of fat, and reducing the amount of time the food is cooked before eating can greatly reduce your canine’s health risk.
When most people think of poisonous mushrooms, they think of poisonous ones found in the woods. However, there are some edible varieties found in the grocery store that may also pose a danger to your pet. Common symptoms of allergic reactions from cooked mushrooms include vomiting, wheezing, coughing, watering of the eyes, diarrhea and in some rare cases, seizures.
Can dogs eat mane mushrooms? Yes, and there are many benefits to that, too. Mane contains significant amounts of minerals and trace elements, as well as antioxidants. These help to support the functions of the body’s immune system, and help to keep it healthy.
Can dogs eat wild mushrooms? Yes, and they are packed full of antioxidants. Wild mushrooms contain significant amounts of protein, as well as calcium, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin E. These are easily found in many pet food manufacturers. It’s also a good idea to choose those that are organic. Many mushrooms grow in close association with mushrooms that contain similar properties.