|Cosby and her daughter Bella|
It was approximately 3 weeks ago that Diane rushed her two Newfoundlands and two Shiba Inus to the vet. Unfortunately, intensive treatment was not started immediately.
|Bella getting her Championship|
After losing Donato, I pledged to make his life help others... my goal has been to spread the word so others would not suffer.... to educate both pet owners and veterinarians. I'm saddened to say another has joined the cause. Now, Diane is also doing everything she can to warn others and figure a way to keep our loved ones safe in memory of her girls.
Our suggestion....patrol your yard even during these dry months. Pick, bag and throw out the mushrooms. AND...the next time you go to your vet, ask them if you came in with a dog who had just eaten a mushroom. What would they do? How aggressive would the treatment be? The most promising treatment for mushroom toxicity is intravenous Silibinin, a derivative of milk thistle. Silibinin dihydrogen given in injectable form has been shown to increase survival rates in some human patients, but is not yet available in the US. The oral form of this compound, which is derived from milk thistle, may have similar properties but is less bioavailable in patients that are vomiting and dehydrated from systemic mushroom poisoning. Still, therapy with silymarin may provide the liver with the support needed to outlast the deathcap toxins.
Below is a link to a great article on treatment to share with your vet.
Amazing as it seems both my Donato and Diane's dogs did not have aggressive treatment when we brought them to the vet. I went to a 24 hour emergency hospital. Diane went to an emergency/upper level hospital. One would think that both of these places would know the treatment for mushroom toxicity. When I brought Donato in, I even had the vulva cup of the DeathCap and showed it to the vet....and still they did not treatment aggressively. Would it have changed the outcome? I'll never know. But if I knew then, what I knew now I would have demanded the treatment or have gone to another hospital.