Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Generally speaking, the mushrooms sold in consumer grocery stores and supermarkets are safe for dogs to eat. This includes the popular edible kinds including portobello mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, and button mushrooms. For dogs, edible mushrooms can offer a number of health benefits including but not limited to the support of liver and kidney function, the lowering of cholesterol, and the boosting of the immune system.
Mushrooms that are toxic to dogs
Unless you are a mushroom expert, you have to assume that any wild mushrooms you come across outside or even in the backyard are dangerous for dogs. A number of dangerous mushroom and fungus species could be native to your local area, including the death cap and funeral bell. Before you let your dog out, make sure to scan the outdoor space for any suspicious mushrooms as they could end up being dangerous to dogs when ingested.
How to feed mushrooms to dogs
For any “human foods” like mushrooms, always consider them as a supplement and not a replacement for their regular dog food. Dogs don’t necessarily need mushrooms in their diet if they are already being fed a healthy dog diet but it wouldn’t hurt to occasionally mix in some small mushroom pieces with the dog’s wet food. Always serve the mushrooms plain. There is no need to any seasoning or to cook it with oil as that would just make the meal unhealthy for the dog.
Want to know what else is safe for dogs to eat in moderation? Visit our human food for dogs list to see over 100 human foods that are safe for pets.