Panther cap is highly toxic for dogs

Amanita pantherina highly toxic

The panther cap is found in both coniferous and deciduous forests. The cap can be up to 15-20 cm in diameter and is grey-brown mostly with white spots similar to the fly agaric. However, these spots can also be absent. Both the lamellae and the stalk of the panther mushroom are white.

All parts of the panther cap are highly poisonous to dogs. Especially mean: cooked or dried, the poison of the panther cap can intensify.


Panther cap is also known as:
  • false blusher
  • panther amanita
Panther cap

What should I do if my dog ate Panther cap?

How toxic is Panther cap?

Toxicity:highly toxic (highly toxic)
Toxic parts:All parts of the panther cap are highly poisonous. Cooked or dried, the poison can become even stronger.
Toxic time:summer, autumn
Antidote:Physostigmine
POISONINGS REQUIRE QUICK REACTION:
If your dog shows symptoms of poisoning, it is always an emergency! Time is critical for your dog's life. You should immediately call your vet or the animal emergency services and make sure that a vet is on site and then go there immediately. For the treatment, it helps the vet a lot to know what your dog has ingested.

Occurrence Panther cap

Plant species:mushroom
Occurrence:Forests
Areas:Europe
Flowering time:-
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Symptoms

The following symptoms can occur with panther cap poisoning:

  • dilated pupils
  • palpitations
  • heavy salivation
  • diarrhoea
  • increased bronchial mucus
  • slower heartbeat
  • pupil constriction
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • disturbed consciousness
  • restlessness
  • hallucinations
  • muscle twitching
  • headaches
  • coma
  • cases of death are possible

Treatment

The vet will always try to remove the ingested poison from the body and alleviate the specific symptoms of poisoning.

There are different methods to remove the poison from the body:

1. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: Activated charcoal can absorb toxins. If possible, it should be administered within 2 hours after ingestion of the poison, so that the toxin does not enter the bloodstream.
2. LAXATIVES: The vet may combine the administration of activated charcoal with a laxative.
3. VOMITING: The vet can also induce vomiting using medication to remove the toxin from the body. 

To alleviate the symptoms, the vet can give infusions or administer physostigmine as an antidote. He will also give antispasmodic medication if needed and improve breathing by suctioning mucus and giving artificial respiration if necessary.

More information on dog poisonings can be found here: 

Preventing, identifying and treating poisoning in dogs

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