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Aren't Mushrooms Toxic to Dogs?
Some mushrooms are toxic to dogs. This is a regular concern and whenever I'm outside, I look for mushrooms and discourage the dogs when they show too much interest, digging up mushroom groupings during the summer and fall months. If you believe that your dog has mushroom poisoning, please go to the vet immediately and, if you can, take samples of the mushrooms consumed by your dog to your vet.
Please do not read this blog post then start collecting mushrooms in your yard.
The mushrooms in this article are medicinal mushrooms purchased from reputable sources and I've provided resources. CLICK HERE to learn more about mushrooms in the yard. I collected the mushrooms that grow on our property (in the Pacific Northwest), identified them, and noted which are toxic.
Which Mushrooms Are Best for Dogs?
Although the list of beneficial mushrooms is slightly larger, these are the mushrooms I can pick up at the grocery store. It's important to only buy human-grade mushrooms.
- White Button – Vitamins C, D, and B12
- Cremini and Portobello – B vitamins, selenium, zinc, iron, copper, and manganese
- Shiitake – medicinal mushrooms that have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-tumor properties
- Porcini – niacin, potassium, selenium, and protein.
- Maitake – contains properties that may fight tumors while boosting the immune system
- Turkey Tail – fights cancer, boosts the immune system, supports healing; I add turkey tail to my dogs' diet at least 4 days a week.
Benefits of Mushrooms for Dogs
- Mushrooms contain antioxidants
- Mushrooms offer a variety of nutrients to boost your dog's diet and improving nutrition
- Mushrooms support liver and kidney functions
- Mushrooms improve the health of older dogs, modulating blood sugar and improving metabolism
- Mushrooms lower cholesterol and support weight loss
- Mushrooms improve the immune system to help block viral infections
Ordering Dried Mushrooms for Dogs
While fresh is always better, I've found dried mushrooms to be more affordable. I can get a lot of them and they still pack the nutritional punch that I'm looking to add to my dogs' diet. I look for brands that offer organic mushrooms and have the best reputation. I prefer mushrooms that are sourced in the US because I'm concerned about processing standards in other countries.
- Crimini Mushrooms
- Portobello Mushrooms
- Shiitake Mushrooms
- Porcini Mushrooms
- Maitake Mushrooms
- Turkey Tail Powder
- Chaga Mushrooms
Adding Mushrooms to Bone Broth for Dogs
I use a large slow cooker or a large pressure cooker to make my bone broth.
- 1/4 cup of raw apple cider vinegar
- Bones of your choice; I prefer turkey legs, emu legs, marrow bones, and duck feet.
- 5-7 cloves of fresh garlic (optional)
- 2 heaping tablespoons of turmeric paste or 1/4 cup of turmeric powder
- 5 each of the following mushrooms; chopped up: Shiitake, Portobello, Crimini
To learn more about garlic, the benefits it offers to dogs, and the serving amount, check out this article on PetGuide.com. Please note that the amount of garlic I add to the bone broth is for 4 dogs with a combined weight of 200+ pounds.
- Add bones, raw apple cider vinegar, garlic, and water in your slow cooker or pressure cooker.
- If using a slow cooker, set for 20-24 hours; if using a pressure cooker, set for 4-5 hours. I cook my bone broth on our porch because the smell can be overwhelming.
- 10 minutes before the bone broth is finished, add mushrooms, turmeric paste or turmeric powder.
- When the bone broth has cooled, fish out the bones; be sure to search for any small bones (I use my fingers).
- Transfer bone broth to freezer-safe containers and store them in the freezer until needed.
Medicinal Mushroom Broth Recipes for Dogs
Super Immune Mushroom Broth for Dogs
Source: Planet Paws
- Oyster mushrooms
- Portobello mushrooms
- Shiitake mushrooms
- King Oyster mushrooms
- Chop up mushrooms
- Saute 1 cup of mushrooms in butter
- Add 2 cups of water and simmer for 20 minutes
- Add shredded turmeric root (optional)
- Add shredded ginger root (optional)
- Puree ingredients and serve (or freeze for later)
Start with feeding 1 tbsp per 25 pounds.
Shiitake Mushroom Immune-Boost Broth for Dogs
Source: Canine Ascension
- Shiitake mushrooms, 5-8
- 1.5 cups water for soaking them
- 5-6 cups boiled water
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 2″ piece Ginger root
- 1/4 cup organic, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 cup Kombu (an edible sea vegetable)
- 1/4 cup Arame (seaweed)
- 1 very small beetroot
- 1/4 of a medium Turnip
- 1/4 of a medium Red Capsicum
- 1/4 of a medium Yellow Capsicum
- Dulse flakes (seaweed)
- Dandelion root
- Dried Nettles
Notes & Cautions:
- Avoid the beet & turnip if your pet is prone to candida yeast, kidney issues or has diabetes.
- This broth is NOT suitable for any dogs with autoimmune disorders.
- Leave out the Capsicum if your dog has osteoarthritis.
- Leave out the seaweed and dulse flakes if your dog has hyperthyroidism.
Roughly chop the shiitake mushrooms & submerge them in the 1.5 cups of water. Soak overnight.
- Chop the veg, mince the garlic and ginger. Soak the kombu & arame in hot water for about 10 minutes, keep the soaking water.
- Pour the shiitake mushrooms and their soaking water into a pot.
- Add the 6 cups of boiled water.
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add all other ingredients and simmer for another 5-8 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- Store in glass jars, refrigerated.
Add 1/4 cup to meals for medium size dogs.
Rehabilitating Mushroom Broth for Dogs
- 1/3 cup of dried mushrooms (shiitake) soaked in 1 cup of water overnight (save the soaking water too)
- 1 cup of beef soup bone
- 1/2 cup chicken hearts and gizzards
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or 1 tsp Konbu seaweed
- 1/3 cup celery
- 1/3 cup parsley
- 1 teaspoon miso
- 3 cups of water
- Put water, celery, parsley, soup bone, salt (or konbu), and mushrooms into a pot.
- Bring to a boil and let simmer for 45 minutes.
- Remove bones, vegetables, and mushrooms.
- Remove chicken hearts and gizzards and save for other meals.
- Add miso, and the soaking water from the dried mushrooms, and stir well.
- Strain excess debris to make a clear broth.
Administer the broth (using a syringe) every 1 to 3 hours, give 1 cc per pound of body weight, 4 to 6 times a day if not eating. If your pet is eating, mix the broth with food and give 1 to 3 teaspoons (for small dogs and cats) with each meal.
Adding Mushrooms to a Veggie Mix for Dogs
All of the vegetables are optional. I look for vegetables that are safe for my dogs to eat, I buy organic when I can, and I add fruit (blueberries or apples) in the summer or organic squash in the fall and winter.
- 1 bunch of Spinach
- 2 bunches of Parsley
- 1 bunch of Collard Greens
- 1 bunch of Kale
- 1 bunch of Celery
- 2 large Zucchinis
- 2 large Broccoli Flowers
- 2 cans of Oysters, boiled and in water
- 5 cloves of Garlic – yes, this is perfectly safe and healthy for dogs
- 20 Cremini mushrooms
- 4 cups of Bone Broth
- 1 cup of Golden Paste
- 1 cup of Green Lipped Mussel Powder
*Cremini mushrooms are also spelled with an “i” – Crimini mushrooms.
Bone Broth for Dogs
Learn about the benefits of bone broth for dogs and the easy bone broth recipe I follow.