A dog with an unsure expression looking at mushroom, indicating caution for dog consumption.

Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms?

Dogs can eat certain types of mushrooms, but caution is critical. While many mushrooms found in stores are safe for dogs to munch on, wild mushrooms are risky and can be toxic. Only give your dog mushrooms that are safe for human consumption and always avoid feeding them wild mushrooms, as they can be poisonous to both humans and pets.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jul 1, 2024

Did You Know?

Some edible mushrooms, like shiitake and maitake, can provide antioxidant and immune system benefits for dogs.




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Benefits and Risks of Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be beneficial because they contain vitamins such as B and D, fiber, and antioxidants. However, the risks outweigh the benefits when it comes to unknown or wild mushrooms, which can be highly toxic. The safest way for your furry friend to enjoy mushrooms is to stick to common store-bought varieties like button mushrooms. Always ensure they are cooked and served plain, without harmful additives like onions or garlic.

What/Which Mushrooms are safe / unsafe?


  • Button mushrooms
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Cremini mushrooms


  • Wild mushrooms of any kind
  • Mushrooms picked from your backyard or during a hike

Other Products Containing Mushrooms

Mushrooms can sneak their way into various processed foods and snacks such as:

  • Pizza: Often contains garlic and onions which are toxic.
  • Canned soups: Usually loaded with salt and other additives.
  • Gravies and sauces: Typically high in salt, preservatives, and sometimes onions.

How to Feed Mushrooms to Your Dog

If you want to share mushrooms with your dog, make sure they are properly cooked and served plain. Skip the butter, oil, and seasoning. Simply steam or sautΓ© the mushrooms, cool them down, and chop them into bite-sized pieces. It’s always good to start with small portions to see how your dog reacts.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Mushrooms?

If your dog shows signs of distress after eating mushrooms, call your vet immediately. Symptoms to watch for include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and uncoordinated movements. Quick action can save your dog's life in case of a toxic reaction.

Safer Alternatives to Mushrooms

If you’re not confident about feeding your dog mushrooms, there are plenty of safe alternatives that offer similar nutritional benefits:

  • Carrots: Crunchy and full of vitamins.
  • Sweet potatoes: Rich in fiber and beta carotene.
  • Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants.


Feeding your dog mushrooms can be safe if done correctly, but the risks are significant. Stick to store-bought varieties and always prepare them in the safest way possible. When introducing any new food, it's wise to consult with your vet to ensure your dog's diet remains balanced and safe. As always, better safe than sorry when it comes to your furry companion's health!