Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Mushroom poisoning

Contributor(s): Rosalind Dalefield, Patricia Talcott

Introduction

  • There have been a number of cases of cats voluntarily eating poisonous mushrooms. 
  • There are 8 types of mushroom toxin. Except in the case of muscarine and amatoxin/phalloidin poisoning, there are no specific antidotes, and mushroom identification is a specialist field. Therefore, cases of suspected mushroom poisoning should be treated symptomatically, according to the dictum "Treat the patient, not the poison".
  • Gastrointestinal signs (vomiting Vomiting; less commonly abdominal tenderness, diarrhea, anorexia) are fairly consistent signs observed with most mushroom ingestion.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Ingestion of poisonous mushrooms.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • K H Plumlee (ed) (2004) Clinical Veterinary Toxicology. Mosby, Inc.
  • Peterson and Talcott (eds) (2001) Small Animal Toxicology. WB Saunders Company.
  • N J Turner and A F Szczawinski (1991) Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms of North America. Timber Press.

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