Mushroom poisoning cases in dogs and cats: diagnosis and treatment of hepatotoxic, neurotoxic, gastroenterotoxic, nephrotoxic, and muscarinic mushrooms

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2012 Mar;42(2):375-87, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2011.12.002. Epub 2011 Dec 30.


Of the several thousand species of mushrooms found in North America, less than 100 are toxic. Species in the genus Amanita are responsible for the vast majority of reported mushroom poisonings. In general, the number of reported mushroom poisonings in animals is low, most likely because toxicology testing is available for a limited number of mushroom toxins and thus many cases are not confirmed or reported. Also, only a limited number of mushrooms are submitted for identification purposes. Mushroom intoxications require tremendous efforts from clinicians and toxicologists in terms of making a diagnosis and treatment, and management is challenging.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / diagnosis
  • Cat Diseases / etiology*
  • Cat Diseases / therapy
  • Cats
  • Dog Diseases / diagnosis
  • Dog Diseases / etiology*
  • Dog Diseases / therapy
  • Dogs
  • Mushroom Poisoning / complications
  • Mushroom Poisoning / diagnosis
  • Mushroom Poisoning / therapy
  • Mushroom Poisoning / veterinary*