4 Rainy Season Dangers You Might Not See Coming
Each year, certain parts of North America are bombarded with rain. While this may be good for the garden, high rainfall can potentially pose some real threats to your dog. Here, I review a few of the risks.
During the rainy season, mushrooms may pop up in your yard with more frequency. There are thousands of species of mushrooms, but thankfully only about 100 are poisonous. That said, mushroom identification is very difficult, so it's hard to tell which are poisonous versus which are benign. As a result, whenever you see mushrooms growing in your yard, make sure to remove them immediately and throw them away to prevent accidental ingestion by your dog. If your dog does get into a mushroom, contact your veterinarian immediately about inducing vomiting to get any potential toxin out.
Certain types of mushrooms may cause organ injury including:
- Gastrointestinal injury (signs include drooling, not eating, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Liver linjury (signs include vomiting, black tarry stool, yellow skin)
- Kidney injury (signs include abnormal urination and thirst)
- Cardiovascular injury (signs include a very slow or rapid heart rate)
- Neurologic injury (signs include hallucinations, tremors, seizures)
When in doubt, get to your veterinarian immediately as it's easier - and less expensive - to treat early on versus once clinical signs have developed.
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Justine has more than 18 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified emergency critical care veterinary specialist and toxicologist as well as the CEO and founder of Vetgirl. She is also a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.