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

Can Dogs Eat White Mushrooms?

Yes, dogs can eat white mushrooms, but it's crucial to make sure they are store-bought and not wild mushrooms. Wild mushrooms can be highly toxic and even deadly to dogs. Stick to plain, cooked white mushrooms from your kitchen—no fancy spices or sauces, please!

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

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

Updated on Jul 6, 2024

Did You Know?

White mushrooms can be a decent source of vitamin D for dogs when properly cooked.

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Benefits and Risks of White Mushrooms

White mushrooms can offer some health benefits to dogs, like vitamins and minerals, as well as being low in calories and fat. However, the risks outweigh the benefits if you're not careful. Wild mushrooms are a big no-no, as they can cause severe poisoning. Always ensure you're offering safe, store-bought varieties to prevent any accidental poisonings.

Which Mushrooms Are Safe / Unsafe?

  • Safe Mushrooms:
    • Store-bought white mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus)
  • Unsafe Mushrooms:
    • Any wild mushrooms
    • Varieties like Amanita, Galerina, and Gyromitra

Other Products Containing Mushrooms

Many foods contain mushrooms, but most are paired with unsafe ingredients:

  • Pizza toppings: Often mixed with onions and garlic, which are toxic to dogs.
  • Canned soups: Usually high in sodium and other harmful additives.
  • Sauces: Frequently contain butter, oil, and seasonings that can upset your dog's stomach.

How to Feed White Mushrooms to Your Dog

If you want to introduce white mushrooms into your dog's diet, make sure they are plain and cooked. Chop them into small pieces to avoid any choking hazards. You can add these cooked pieces to their regular food or offer them as a small treat.

Common Misconceptions

Some people believe that all mushrooms are poisonous to dogs. This isn't entirely true—store-bought varieties like white mushrooms are generally safe. It's the wild mushrooms you need to guard against!

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to White Mushrooms?

If your dog shows signs of distress—like vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy—after eating mushrooms, contact your vet immediately. Time is critical when dealing with potential toxin ingestion.

Safer Alternatives to White Mushrooms

If you're unsure about feeding mushrooms to your dog, consider these safer alternatives:

  • Carrots: Crunchy and loaded with vitamins.
  • Green Beans: High in fiber and low in calories.
  • Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants and generally adored by dogs.


When it comes to feeding white mushrooms to your dog, caution is key. Stick to plain, store-bought varieties and avoid wild mushrooms at all costs. Always consult your vet before introducing new foods into your dog's diet to ensure their safety and well-being.