But the next morning, Sandy was vomiting. D’Alsace took the puppy to the East End Veterinary Emergency Center.
Sandy was very close to experiencing kidney and liver failure. “She was practically on the verge of death,” veterinarian Gal Vatash told CBS New York.
For 10 days, Sandy received blood transfusions and medication. “We spent four days not sure she would make it,” D’Alsace told CBS New York.
Mushroom expert Peggy Horman told CBS New York that poisonous mushrooms grow everywhere. “You find them in parks, backyards and along the road,” she said. “They are deadly to puppies and toddlers who put anything in their mouths.”
Sandy ate a type of amanita mushroom known as the destroying angel. These mushrooms are white, with a cap and large bulb. The main symptoms of mushroom poisoning are lack of appetite and vomiting. If the whites of your dog’s eyes are yellow, his liver may already be affected. You should immediately take him to a vet or animal emergency hospital for treatment.
Just two weeks ago, a new life-saving procedure for dogs poisoned by death cap mushrooms (Amanita phalloides) was announced in California.
At a news conference July 16, veterinarian Mike Barlia and physician Todd Mitchell said they had tested the antidote on a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Kasey, who was brought to the PETS Referral Center in Berkeley after he ingested death cap mushrooms on July 2.
Kasey’s prognosis was grave. Barlia didn’t want to give up on the dog, so he phoned a poison control hotline. He was put in touch with Mitchell, who is overseeing a clinical trial of an antidote for humans poisoned by mushrooms.
“Mike wanted the drug, but I had to tell him it wasn’t available,” Mitchell said at the news conference. “I told him to find the gallbladder where the toxins accumulate, use a needle and syringe and drain it. Kasey is the first of any animal species, including humans, this was tried on. We will now recommend this for human poisonings where the trial drug is not available.”
Kasey recovered and was well enough to appear with the doctors at the news conference. Barlia said the procedure “could become standard for veterinarians racing against time to save dogs who eat poisonous mushrooms.”
Sandy is also recovering. The Facebook page Saving Sandy has been created to raise funds to help pay for her $10,000 vet bill.
“Sandy also wants to protect other families and friends by educating as many people as she can on the dangers of toxic mushrooms and how to quickly react in case of accidental ingestion,” D’Alsace wrote on his Saving Sandy and Mushroom Awareness website.
“If we had any experience or knowledge of the seriousness of mushroom toxins, we would have acted quicker and could have prevented the level of symptoms that have occurred.”