Dogs and mushrooms: How to keep dogs from eating them?

Dogs and mushrooms: How to keep dogs from eating them?

How to keep dogs from eating mushrooms?

Mushrooms do play an important role in the ecosystem. Mushrooms lack chlorophyll, which means they can’t synthesize food from the sun’s energy. Instead, they form symbiotic relationships with trees. In return for helping it extract water and minerals from the soil, the tree gives the mushroom what it needs to survive, mainly carbohydrates in the form of sugar compounds. The mushroom also helps with decomposition of plant material. Mushrooms digest the organic material and return nutrients to the soil. Without mushrooms and other fungi, plant life could cease to exist. But what’s the relationship between dogs and mushrooms?

Dogs and mushrooms: it can be a bad relationship

While these are important reasons for making sure they thrive, mushrooms can be fatal to dogs.

There is nothing specific about mushrooms that are toxic to dogs. It is only poisonous mushrooms that are a danger to dogs and humans alike. The problem is most of us can’t tell the difference between the poisonous ones and the safe ones, and dogs, of course, never stop to consider the danger.

There are a number of dog poisonings each year, which is reason enough to be concerned. Your neighbor may have been spurred to act because of a tragedy in her family, or she may be responding to the recent death of a puppy owned by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

His puppy, Brutus, died after eating a poisonous mushroom that he found while playing outside. Johnson made the death public, urging people to be cautious.

Not all dogs eat mushrooms, but your neighbor is taking a proactive approach. We can’t always keep a close watch on our pets, or our children, so removing an obvious danger can be a benefit.

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