Tuesday, May 8, 2018

 

On the East Coast 

             and the West Coast

Death Caps are Killing Dogs


It's with heavy heart that I post some recent stories that have been in the news.

On March 26, 2018 - In Wake County, North Carolina, Janna Joyner came home to find two of her dogs, Drago, a Saint Bernard and Adoni, a lab mix dead in her backyard.  Blood tests showed Amatoxin in their system, the deadly poison of the Death Cap Mushrooms

http://www.wfsb.com/story/37809388/dogs-found-dead-after-eating-poisonous-mushrooms-in-owners-yard

And then on May 4, 2018 - In Santa Barbara, CA, Teslin Lemaster had to euthanize her chocolate lab, Cruz.  He had gotten into some mushrooms on a walk in the Douglas Family Preserve Park. Unfortunately, they were Death Cap Mushrooms.


http://www.keyt.com/lifestyle/pets/pet-owners-warned-of-poisonous-mushroom-at-a-santa-barbara-park-after-dog-dies/738403373

Both Janna and Teslin now belong to a club no one wants to be member of...those who have lost a loved one to a Death Cap. Now, they too are trying educate other pet owners of this danger so it does not happen to anyone else.
 
Many of us are alert during the rainy season for mushrooms in our yards, but spring and summer it's easy to think that mushrooms won't grow now. Please remember, I lost my dear Donato in the heat of August. If you water trees or lawn...mushrooms can grow. Death Caps can grow.


  
A Simple explanation of how the Death Cap kills.
 
Amanitin enters the body through the mouth, is absorbed in the stomach and small intestine, and is transported directly to the liver, where it kills a bunch of cells.  Some of it is flushed into the kidney, where it kills a bunch of cells and is pissed out of the body.  Some is taken up into the gall bladder, where it gets dumped into the bile, which is released.  That amanitin is again absorbed by the intestine, and goes through the same cycle.  That's why it takes a few days for amanitin to kill the liver and kidney.  It's the repeat exposure that kills.

Dr. Todd Mitchell came up with a brilliant idea:  let's flush the poison out so it doesn't keep killing. He keeps people over-hydrated, so most of the amanitin is flushed out the kidneys, and gives them silibinin (or silymarin, the more crude extract of the milk thistle) that binds up the amanitin and keeps it from circulating. Unfortunately silymarin is not approved for use in the United States by the FDA. Todd MItchell heads a critical trial on the use of silibinin in the US which has become known as the Santa Cruz Protocol. Unfortunately this protocol is still a  not available for dogs. Hopefully soon the FDA and the veterinary world will approve it for use.



BELOW IS A GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT TREATMENT TO SHARE WITH YOUR VET

http://pacificvets.jbrmarketing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/pacifictide-2012-06.pdf

REMEMBER: IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR DOG OR CHILD 
HAS EATEN A DEATHCAP MUSHROOM
THE FIRST 24 HOURS ARE CRITICAL...
IT CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.

PICK MUSHROOMS, 
BAG THEM AND THROW THEM OUT...
AND DON'T LET YOUR DOG SEE YOU DIGGING THEM UP, 
FOR IT WILL ONLY PEAK THEIR INTEREST.


  IT IS MY HOPE
THAT LITTLE DONATO, BRUTUS, OTTO , COSBY, BELLA & TRUFFLES,
LITTLE DIXIE, DRAGO, ADONI AND CRUZ
WILL CARRY THIS MESSAGE 
AROUND THE WORLD
AND KEEP ALL OF OUR PUPS AND DOGS SAFE

 

Monday, December 5, 2016




Massive Death Cap Bloom 

in San Francisco Bay Area


UPDATE JUNE 1, 2017


DEATH CAP MUSHROOMS SICKEN 14 IN CALIFORNIA


During the first two weeks in December 2016, the California Poison Control System received reports of 14 people including an 18-month-old infant had to be hospitalized after consuming wild death cap mushrooms, known as Amanita phalloides.



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These Death Caps were found in Menlo Park, Ca in the woods by Alpine Road. I know people who picked five grocery bags of Death Caps today in Woodside California trying to make their property safe. 

Please be careful if you go hiking in parks. Personally I would not let a dog run free right now. The Death Caps have a sweet scent that is attractive to our pups.  After the mushrooms start to decay they smell like dead fish and are even more enticing.

There is more information on this site and posters which can be printed and shared with your friends. Please share this blog and get the word out....

                                                


They're called Death Caps 
for a 
reason....



Here  is a great article about treatment to share with your vet.

http://pacificvets.jbrmarketing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/pacifictide-2012-06.pdf


REMEMBER: IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR DOG OR CHILD HAS EATEN A DEATHCAP MUSHROOM
THE FIRST 24 HOURS ARE CRITICAL...
IT CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.

PICK MUSHROOMS, 
BAG THEM AND THROW THEM OUT...
AND DON'T LET YOUR DOG SEE YOU DIGGING THEM UP, 
FOR IT WILL ONLY PEAK THEIR INTEREST.


  IT IS MY HOPE
THAT LITTLE DONATO, BRUTUS, OTTO , COSBY, BELLA & TRUFFLES,
AND LITTLE DIXIE
WILL CARRY THIS MESSAGE 
AROUND THE WORLD
AND KEEP ALL OF OUR PUPS AND DOGS SAFE

Thursday, October 13, 2016



THREE YEAR OLD BOY DIES 
AFTER EATING
DEATH CAP MUSHROOM 



My heart goes out to the parents of this boy. I can't imagine their pain. Since July, newspapers in Vancouver were trying to spread the word...but it wasn't enough.


Please be careful out there. Make it a point to tell your friends and neighbors of this deadly danger....especially if they forage for wild mushrooms.

If you see DeathCaps growing in your area:

• Pick them, bag them and throw them out.

• Go to "Death Cap Poster" in this blog's menu bar.l Print out the poster and put them up where you've seen the mushrooms growing. More might come up.

• Call your local news stations and newspapers. Ask them to do a story on Death Caps warning the public.

• Take posters to your vets office and ask them to post them at their front desk.  




REMEMBER: If you suspect your dog or child has eaten a DeathCap Mushroom
the first 24 hours are critical...
it can be the difference between life and death.

PICK MUSHROOMS, 
BAG THEM AND THROW THEM OUT...
AND DON'T LET YOUR DOG SEE YOU DIGGING THEM UP, 
FOR IT WILL ONLY PEAK THEIR INTEREST.


  IT IS MY HOPE
THAT LITTLE DONATO, BRUTUS, OTTO , COSBY, BELLA & TRUFFLES,
AND LITTLE DIXIE
WILL CARRY THIS MESSAGE 
AROUND THE WORLD
AND KEEP ALL OF OUR PUPS AND DOGS SAFE

Saturday, September 10, 2016



Sweet Dixie
Died from Mushroom Toxicity
Menlo Park, CA

Let the Warning go out Near and Far !!!


It pains me to say, I just learned of Sweet Little Dixie, who lost her life to Mushroom Toxicity last October...and she lived in my very own neighborhood.  My heart goes out to her owners who loved her dearly and are now part of a very sad club. 

Alerts also arrived for those up on Vancouver Island. "First spotted in Vancouver in 2008, the death cap is currently spreading throughout Vancouver and has been found on Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley as well." My friends...please heed the warning!



To top of the week... last night on a stroll thru Stanford Campus, but two feet from the sidewalk where everyone walks were three Death Caps. It's September...it's dry....and there they were. It has been my mission to spread the word and though I keep trying there's more work to be done.

I NEED YOUR HELP
KNOW WHAT A DEATH CAP LOOKS LIKE
AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!




Again, this is a great article about treatment to share with your vet.

http://pacificvets.jbrmarketing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/pacifictide-2012-06.pdf


REMEMBER: If you suspect your dog has eaten a DeathCap Mushroom
the first 24 hours are critical...
it can be the difference between life and death.

Pick mushrooms, 
Bag them and Throw them out...
And DON'T let your dog see you digging them up, 
for it will only peak their interest.

  IT IS MY HOPE
THAT LITTLE DONATO, BRUTUS, OTTO , COSBY, BELLA & TRUFFLES,
AND Little DIXIE
WILL CARRY THIS MESSAGE 
AROUND THE WORLD
AND KEEP ALL OF OUR PUPS AND DOGS SAFE

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Once again the warning goes out. 


One would think with the Dog Days of Summer upon us that we needn't worry about DeathCap Mushrooms...but it's just not the case. 

 I just read this post from the Napa Valley Register. 


" CALISTOGA -- Wine Country Animal Lovers is notifying pet owners that in the last month, two dogs have been treated at the Calistoga Pet Clinic after ingesting the toxic and deadly death cap mushroom." 
(http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/death-cap-mushrooms-poisoned-dogs-in-calistoga/article_38087a98-bb2c-5479-add5-023befba7321.html)
Please be careful out there. Though the temperature is up, remember people are still watering their lawns and gardens underneath oak trees....the favorite habitat for Death Caps.  
It was on a hot summer day in mid-August that I lost my sweet boy Donato to a DeathCap mushroom growing in Carmel Valley. 

I'm posting this again... it's a great article about treatment to share with your vet.

http://pacificvets.jbrmarketing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/pacifictide-2012-06.pdf


REMEMBER: If you suspect your dog has eaten a DeathCap Mushroom
the first 24 hours are critical...
it can be the difference between life and death.

Pick mushrooms, 
Bag them and Throw them out...
And DON'T let your dog see you digging them up, 
for it will only peak his interests.

  IT IS MY HOPE
THAT LITTLE DONATO, BRUTUS, OTTO , COSBY, BELLA & TRUFFLES,
WILL CARRY THIS MESSAGE 
AROUND THE WORLD
AND KEEP ALL OF OUR PUPS AND DOGS SAFE

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

        And Yet Another Little One...
                             Lost to a Deadly Mushroom

I just saw the post about Dwayne the Rock's pup, Brutus, who ate a toxic mushroom and has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. 
I applaud the Rock for getting the message out to other pet owners to beware.
The story is all over Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and the News.

Read his story:


Please, be careful out there.

Yesterday on a walk with my boy, Tesoro, I saw two mushrooms...
and one was a Death cap.
Here's another poster which you can download and post.
(Go to the DeathCap Poster tab for a larger file to download)




I'm posting this again... it's a great article about treatment to share with your vet.

www.pacificveterinaryspecialists.com/newsletters/Pacific-Tide-June-2012-Amanita-Mushrm.pdf


REMEMBER: If you suspect your dog has eaten a DeathCap Mushroom
the first 24 hours are critical...
it can be the difference between life and death.

Pick mushrooms, 
Bag them and Throw them out...
And DON'T let your dog see you digging them up, 
for it will only peak his interests.

  IT IS MY HOPE

THAT LITTLE DONATO, BRUTUS, OTTO , COSBY, BELLA & TRUFFLES,

WILL CARRY THIS MESSAGE 

AROUND THE WORLD
AND KEEP ALL OF OUR PUPS AND DOGS SAFE

Thursday, July 10, 2014


The Warning Goes Out
To Keep Pups Safe

This was so hard for John to do. He lost Otto but a week and a half ago.
But he wanted to get the message out to others about
the danger of mushroom toxicity.


Watch John and Otto's story...


A HUGE THANKS TO YOU JOHN!

I'm sure Otto is very proud of you
and is romping on the other side with my sweet Donato.

Here's another article about treatment to share with your vet.

www.pacificveterinaryspecialists.com/newsletters/Pacific-Tide-June-2012-Amanita-Mushrm.pdf


REMEMBER: If you suspect your dog has eaten a DeathCap Mushroom
the first 24 hours are critical...
it can be the difference between life and death.

Pick mushrooms, 
Bag them and Throw them out...
And DON'T let your dog see you digging them up, 
for it will only peak his interests.

 IT IS MY HOPE

THIS MESSAGE WILL GO OUT

AROUND THE WORLD

AND KEEP ALL OF OUR PUPS AND DOGS SAFE!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014







Another Little One Gone
He Ate a Dried up Death Cap Mushroom


I was just about to go to class tonight when I got a very sad email about Otto, a 6 month old German Wire Haired Pointer. He lived in Nipomo, California which is in San Luis Obispo County. Otto loved to go to Avila Beach and to the Eagle Field Drags. But basically, Otto loved to go anywhere his owner went...and they went everywhere together. Otto was a happy, active, people loving puppy dog. 

Father's Day - two weeks before Otto died
My heart goes out to his owner. He rushed Otto to the vets not knowing what made him so sick, but the vet suspected it was mushroom poisoning. They tried to save him but Otto didn't make it. Afterwards, Otto's owner searched and found the mushrooms that killed him. It was a dried up DeathCap.

I've been warning people since I lost Donato, telling everyone that in California, Death Caps are associated with Coast Live Oak trees, in Oregon with Chestnut or Filbert trees and on the East Coast with Pines. 

Many watch for mushroom during the rainy season...but we need to watch all year. If you have irrigated gardens or heavy fog, mushrooms can come up during the hot dog days of summer....and then there's the dried up mushrooms.  Unfortunately, the amatoxins are still there and will still kill.

Please pass the word...tell your friends to be careful. Print out the flyer on this website and post it in local pet shops. Though we're in the middle of a drought...the mushrooms are still coming up. There have been too many dogs lost this last month. Please, protect our furry friends.

Pick mushrooms, 
Bag them and Throw them out...
And DON'T let your dog see you digging them up, 
for it will only peak his interests.

 IT IS MY HOPE

THAT LITTLE DONATO, OTTO , COSBY, BELLA & TRUFFLES,

WILL CARRY THIS MESSAGE 

AROUND THE WORLD
AND KEEP ALL OF OUR PUPS AND DOGS SAFE!

REMEMBER: If you suspect your dog has eaten a DeathCap Mushroom
the first 24 hours are critical...
it can be the difference between life and death.

Friday, June 13, 2014



Cosby and her daughter Bella
MUSHROOMS KILL AGAIN...
This time in Gilroy, California. 

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
Crosby, the mother was just a few months away from becoming a veteran and her daughter, Bella was but one point away from her Grand Championship. Bella was Diane's first bred by Champion....but more importantly they were family. I am so sad to say two beautiful Newfoundlands....a mother and daughter lost their fight. The Shiba Inus were gravely ill but survived. It is thought they must have eaten less of the mushrooms.

Death Angel
It is not known if it was a Death Cap or Death Angels, but the necropsy reports came back showing liver failure due to amatoxins. We all think its so dry...how can there be mushrooms now? But we need to remember, people are watering their lawns and gardens. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Death Caps can be found at all times of the year. Though they are most abundant during the fall and early winter rainy season, the can also appear through late spring and even during rainless summers in areas of coastal fog drip or in stands of irrigated oaks.

Cosby

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.

http://aspcapro.org/sites/pro/files/zd-vetm0207f_095-100_.pdf

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.

REMEMBER: The first 24 hours are critical...
it can be the difference between life and death.

Pick mushrooms, 
Bag them and Throw them out...
And DON'T let your dog see you digging them up, 
for it will only peak his interests.

 IT IS MY HOPE

THAT LITTLE DONATO, COSBY AND BELLA
WILL CARRY THIS MESSAGE 
AROUND THE WORLD
AND KEEP ALL OF OUR PUPS AND DOGS SAFE!