Thursday, November 02, 2006

'Shrooms, man...

I treated a cute little puppy today who was quite sick. She went out into the yard and ate all the mushrooms she could find. Then she came in and vomited her cute little guts out (vomited 8 times in less than an hour). Her owners adopted her just 2 weeks ago but already are totally in love with her, and they were very concerned.

They brought me vomited up previously chewed mushrooms in a ziploc bag. "I can't really identify these; I'm not a mycologist," I said. The owner said, "Its obviously some sort of puff-form fungus, with internal gills." I said, "You sound like you know more about it than me!" and she blushed and told me she was a biologist.

I knew we had to treat the puppy immediately for the nausea, and put her on fluids to flush any toxins out. We gave her a large dose of charcoal to absorb anything that remained. The owner sent me a digital image of some more mushrooms she found in her yard. They were a relatively nontoxic type, and should not cause any liver or neurological problems. To be safe, I sent her home with a liver protectant.

The puppy was beginning to return to her bright, perky self at the end of the day. She started out looking bleary-eyed, nauseated, and lethargic. Didn't seem like a very pleasant trip to me...

6 comments:

Emily said...

Wish you had a picture of the cute puppy (not the barf) to go along with your story!

EdamameMommy said...

Euwie, my stomach is turning just thinking about barfing that much. Poor pup.

Leah said...

she was a very cute little pup. I felt bad that she was so sick. Pup is doing much better now and back to herself.

Anonymous said...

I can't get the words "a liver protectant" out of my head. I want a liver protectant! Just because! Liver protectant Liver protectant Liver protectant.

What IS that, anyway?!

ChickenFlicken

Lisa said...

Did you hear that story on NPR the other day about the dog who was addicted to toad-sucking? it was very funny! This one was less funny. I hope the cute puppy is okay and I'm glad I'm not the one who had to clean up the mess.

Jennifer said...

The Liver Protectant I put her on was Marin, which contains Milk Thistle (helps the liver metabolize toxins) and Vit E and Zinc, which both are antioxidants and support the liver. You can read more about it here: http://www.nutramaxlabs.com/products/animal/liver/documents/MarinBrochure.pdf

I know you can get milk thistle OTC at health food stores. Might be good to take a liver protectant if you want to indulge in some binge drinking.