Toxic Mushrooms

Amanita Ocreata “Western Destroying Angels”

The rains have returned and with the rains mushrooms are sprouting again.  The Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services team wanted to alert you to a serious potential toxicity for your pet, poisonous mushrooms.

The Bay Area is fertile ground for the Amanita phalloides “Death Cap” and Amanita ocreata “Western Destroying Angel” mushrooms. Once eaten, even a single mushroom, pets can become critically ill developing liver failure, renal failure, and even death.  Here are some tips and information on how to handle the mushroom season in SF Bay Area:

  • Prior to letting your pets out, always survey your yard for any new caps and remove them.  Wash your hands after removing them.  Be mindful: mushrooms do pop up overnight.
  • Work with your pet on rapid re-calls, and teach them “Drop it.”
  • Keep your pet on leash and monitor your path for mushrooms while out on walks.

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Disastrous Decor: Holiday Decorations and Pets

When you think of the holiday season, it’s safe to assume that some of the cherished, traditional decor and decorations come to mind. From the twinkling lights to the star placed atop the tree, the holidays wouldn’t seem complete without the glow and dazzle of seasonal ambience.

While these decorations seem like a must for many people, they can pose risks to our pets. Since the decorating festivities will soon be upon us, the team at AIMSS is here to help you discern which decorations and pets are not a good combination.

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The Rumble Down Below: Pet Tummy Trouble

pet tummy troublesFew of us have escaped the pleasure of experiencing a pet with an upset belly. Since there are a slew of potential causes for pet tummy trouble, though, you may wonder how to know when to give things a little time and when pet tummy trouble is an emergency?

Wait and See or See the Vet?

If you notice symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, inappetence, drooling, loud digestion, or flatulence, there is clearly something going on with the digestive tract. But what that is, is not always so obvious.

There are a variety of different causes behind pet tummy trouble. If you flipped through a veterinary textbook, you might be surprised to learn that the list of possible diagnoses for these symptoms is quite long. Some culprits are more frequent than others, but there are many potential causes of pet tummy trouble.

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Pets and People Meds: Preventing a Pet Poisoning Emergency

pet poisonsMost pet owners go to great lengths to keep their furry loved ones safe, but many of us end up overlooking the potential for a pet poisoning situation right in our own homes.

Every year, one-quarter of all phone calls to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) and half of calls to the Pet Poison Helpline are about pets ingesting human medications. By learning how to protect your pet from accidentally ingesting human medication, you can help to turn this statistic around, one pet at a time.

Meet Your Meds

The most common medications ingested by pets, according to the APCC and Pet Poison Helpline, are as follows:

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