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My 11 year old lab, who was fine around 5 pm, started drooling non-stop. This probably began around 6 pm. He won't eat his dinner (he ALWAYS eats his dinner!) and was refusing water, but he finally had a little to drink. My husband has both dogs and is on his way to an animal hospital.

I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with the drooling as a symptom. He was acting a bit lethargic, but he's "communicating" with me - wagging his tale and looking at me.

My husband says he may have gotten into some mushrooms on the property, unfortunately there are a lot of them out there right now, but I'm not sure what the symptoms would be if he ingested them.

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Did you check his mouth to make sure there wasn't something wedged in his jaw or teeth?

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I did. He's had a stick stuck in his mouth before, but there's nothing there. I checked his gums and teeth and can't see anything.


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My 11 year old lab, who was fine around 5 pm, started drooling non-stop. This probably began around 6 pm. He won't eat his dinner (he ALWAYS eats his dinner!) and was refusing water, but he finally had a little to drink. My husband has both dogs and is on his way to an animal hospital.

I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with the drooling as a symptom. He was acting a bit lethargic, but he's "communicating" with me - wagging his tale and looking at me.

My husband says he may have gotten into some mushrooms on the property, unfortunately there are a lot of them out there right now, but I'm not sure what the symptoms would be if he ingested them.

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Excessive drooling IS a symptom of mushroom poisoning.


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Excessive drooling IS a symptom of mushroom poisoning.

Sounds like time for the ER. Do you have an after hours vet you can go to today? If not, VRCC is the closest emergency clinic.

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Please let us know what happens, and best wishes for a good outcome. :dog: :)

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He spent the night at VRCC. He threw up last night a combination of bark, pine needles and mushrooms. We don't have new mushrooms, he got into some from last year.

As of this morning he's still drooling. His blood test came back positive for mushroom toxicity.

VRCC isn't exactly an inexpensive place. Yikes. They're going to call us back with another update and to discuss releasing him with fluids to home care. I have no idea how to successfully hydrate a dog, although I'm sure they'll tell us, I just want to make sure he gets the best care possible.

Thanks for your responses. I'll come back with an update when I have one.


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I am sorry to hear that, but so glad he got treatment right away.

Yes, ERs are outrageously expensive. One I used to go to in Lakewood (it's not there anymore) always told me on the phone, "It's $90 just to walk in the door, then we go from there" -- and that was 20 years ago!!

Let me know about giving him fluids -- I've given myself 30,000 injections of fluid (insulin) in my life, and these injections will probably be very similar -- just under the skin. But I can help, if you need me! :)

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Just curious "mushroom toxicity" is kind of vague. What kind of mushrooms did they identify that he had ingested?

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Yes, ERs are outrageously expensive. One I used to go to in Lakewood (it's not there anymore) always told me on the phone, "It's $90 just to walk in the door, then we go from there" -- and that was 20 years ago!!


It was $95 to walk in last night and they certainly did go from there 8O

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Let me know about giving him fluids -- I've given myself 30,000 injections of fluid (insulin) in my life, and these injections will probably be very similar -- just under the skin. But I can help, if you need me! :)


I appreciate your offer of help. The latest is that he's up and moving around, wagging his tale. The gave him a medicine called Atropene (sp?), which helps to dry things up, and it appears to be working. We have to call back again around 4 pm to determine whether we can pick him up today or wait until morning. My husband didn't ask about how we were supposed to keep him hydrated, hopefully he's drinking normally by then. Last night his BP was down below 30 before they gave him fluids. Went up to the 90s after that.

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Just curious "mushroom toxicity" is kind of vague. What kind of mushrooms did they identify that he had ingested?


I think the only way we would know this is if we found the mushroom that he ate. Now my husband tells me he only saw our other dog eating a mushroom (he's not showing any signs of trouble, thank goodness!), but not the one that's in the hospital right now.

There's quite a variety up here on Black Mountain. We don't have any new mushrooms yet, just the dried up remains from last year's crop. For some reason they don't grow in our fenced area, but out in the forest around the house. I have neighbors that go mushroom hunting and they've pointed out some of the poisonous ones. I don't touch them! We've lived here for 9 years and have never had trouble with the dogs eating mushrooms. I guess it just takes the wrong one.


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Hope he gets better soon!

Yes, VRCC is expensive, but they are AMAZING!!! I have been there and to Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital... VRCC is the way to go!

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I've had to have two dogs PTS after hours at VRCC (not their fault), and they are good. Lots of specialists there, too.

The very best situation, however, is to have a vet up here who will treat patients after hours in an emergency. Then your pet is seeing a doctor who already knows him and his history. The pet may be less freaked out, too, by going to a familiar place.

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VRCC is very good and they CAN be very expensive. A friend just spent ~$4000.00 on her cat. OUCH! but Max has all new plumbing and is doing well.

I took Claire there when she tangled with a snake, she was fine, I was a mess . They talked me down and never cashed my check.


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