Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Mushrooms For Dogs, Cats – Safe Editable Medicinal and Unsafe, Poisonous


Mushrooms (fungi) that are unsafe (poisonous, or deadly), to us humans, are also unsafe for dogs and cats. Medicinal and editable mushrooms 1safe for human consumption, are generally 1safe and healthful for dogs and cats.



Mushrooms that are Unsafe, and Dangerous to Dogs and Cats
Examples –

  • Amanita (i.e. death cap mushroom).
  • False Morels.
  • Jack of Lantern.
  • Little Brown Mushrooms (some or safe, some poisonous).


Nature Photo offers an extensive list- names, and photos, of mushrooms (fungi) to be avoided:


The above lists are extensive, but not complete – there are many more mushrooms that fall into the categories listed above.



Mushrooms that Are 1Safe For Dogs and Cats
Organic or wild-crafted medicinal mushrooms (i.e. turkey tail, shiitake, oyster mushrooms, etc.), and culinary mushrooms (i.e. button mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, etc.) offer a wide range of health benefits to 1dogs, and are also good for most 1cats. for a list of dog and cat safe medicinal mushrooms go here.



You can choose one or two of the following options to add safe, editable and medicinal mushrooms as needed to your dog’s and cat’s daily diet:


On a daily basis my dogs have mushroom broth or tea, dried mushroom powder or mushrooms added to their veggie/fruit puree.



True story - my first dog knew which wild mushrooms where safe to forage and would self-harvest her own wild mushrooms. My current pack of dogs don’t self-forage wild mushrooms.


When in your own yard, or hiking along wooded trails – if you are not confident your dog knows the difference between editable and poisonous mushrooms – monitor your dog and do not allow him/her to taste-test mushrooms and fungi.



1‘Safe’ is used as a relative term, meaning safe for most dogs and cats. As with all ingested substances (foods, herbs, etc.) the individual:

  • May have a sensitivity (intolerance or allergic response) to an editable, medicinal mushroom.
  • May have a health issue that contradicts consumption of mushrooms.
  • May be on a drug that contradicts consumption of a mushrooms.

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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press

Adjective

"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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