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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog ate a toadstool while out walking. I have no idea

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My dog ate a toadstool while out walking. I have no idea what kind of toadstool it was - it was not growing, but was loose in a bed of pine straw.
What if anything should I do about this? She is fine now, with no evidence of being sick, and walked a good mile and a half or so after swallowing the thing.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

If it's only been an hour, inducing emesis should be attempted. The dose of 3% hydrogen peroxide for Belle is 5ml (one measuring teaspoon) per 5 lbs of body weight. It can be dosed by means of a small poultry baster placed between her cheek teeth and cheek. She should vomit within 15 minutes. If not, please repeat the same dose. Any toadstool should be considered toxic unless proven otherwise. There are quite a few different classes of these fungi, however. Some cause acute, self-limiting distress but some cause acute inebriation followed by coma. Some cause GI signs followed by neurologic, liver, kidney and/or hemolytic syndromes; some cause liver failure and some cause kidney failure.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Belle. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Belle is fine. I couldn't get her to throw up. Took her to the vet here the following morning and they gave her blood tests all of which were normal.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

Thank goodness. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. You may receive an inappropriate follow up sent by the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.