Northwest Animal Hospital

4575 North Chestnut Street
(adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank)
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

How To Protect Your Pets From Lawn Mushrooms


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Thanks to our wet weather, Colorado Springs is now dealing with mushroom mayhem.

If you’re not careful, the fungi could be putting your kids and pets at risk.

We spoke to a local vet today about how these mushrooms can affect your pets health, and it turns out some of them are so toxic they could actually kill your dog or cat.

But luckily there are ways to control them.

“Mushrooms occur naturally when you have too much rain and excessive heat right after,” Tyler Wilson with Rick’s Garden Center said.

Which perfectly describes our summer season, and it’s created mounds of mushrooms across town.

“It’s hard to identify the good ones from the bad ones, so it’s always best to stay on the side of caution then to pick or eat your own mushrooms out of the lawn. Especially keep an eye on your kids and your pets,” Wilson said.

He says there are thousands of different types of lawn mushrooms, and a bad one could send your children to the Emergency Room with some serious stomach pains, but it could be a whole lot worse for your dog or cat.

“Some of these mushrooms can cause neurological symptoms, seizure activity and possibly even death,” Dr. John Sudduth with Northwest Animal Hospital said. “It’s best to just try to get rid of them before they can cause a problem.”

Controlling the mushrooms is luckily a pretty easy process.

“Before you mow your lawn, you’ll want to pull the mushrooms that are existing so you don’t continue to spread the spores…keeping your grass cut lower can also reduce the moisture. Tall grass holds moisture,” Wilson said.

You can also kill the mushrooms with fungicides and water less often, especially if it’s been rainy.

But if your pet still finds a mushroom and starts acting strange, contact your vet immediately.

“It’s always better to play it safe than potentially have them suffer from symptoms,” Dr. Sudduth said.

He also says you should also keep your dogs on a short leash while walking so you can watch what they might be sticking their nose into.

Source: Fox 21 News

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If you are looking for the best veterinarian in Colorado Springs, look no further than the Northwest Animal Hospital & Pet Care Center. Located on 4575 North Chestnut Street, this center offers a wide variety of services for pet owners, and a stellar team of four veterinarians - Dr. John H. Suddoth, the founding veterinarian, Dr. Jessa Kocher, Dr. Renée R. Stone, and Dr. Kevin Lisenbee.

Wellness Checkups and Exams

A Colorado Springs veterinarian will be happy to provide wellness exams and checkups. These checkups allow the vets to detect any potential problems before they have a chance to become serious. They also provide a baseline so that future visits will be much easier for both you and your pets.

Pet Vaccinations

Proper vaccination of your pets is necessary to protect them from a large number of diseases. Vaccinations and boosters for cats include rabies, feline distemper, calicivirus, feline herpesvirus, bordatella, and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus). Vaccinations and boosters for dogs include rabies 1 year and 3 year, distemper, parvovirus, CAV-1 - canine hepatitis, CAV-2 - kennel cough, bordatella, parainfluenza, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and canine influenza.

Puppy and Kitten Care

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs would like you to bring in your kitten or puppy early for a nose-to-tail exam, and to let them get familiar with the hospital and the staff. At this early visit, a veterinarian will talk to you about nutrition, behavioral training, vaccinations, socialization, and much more.

Pet Dental Services

A Colorado Springs veterinarian would like to talk with you about the necessity of dental care for your pet. Approximately 70% of cats and 80% of dogs older than 3 have some variety of dental disease. Our staff performs complete cleanings and will discuss yellow or brown teeth, bad breath, and what can be done if your pet is having problems eating.

Parasite Prevention

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs would like to talk to you about how important it is to prevent parasites. It costs much less to prevent parasites compared to treatment costs that can be stressful and expensive.

Radiology and Surgery

At the Colorado Springs Northwest Animal Hospital, we use radiology as a diagnostic tool to be able to non-invasively look inside your pet's body to view their internal organs. If a problem is seen, we provide a number of surgical options. 

Emergency Veterinary Services

If an emergency occurs during the day or after hours, call us immediately at 719-593-8582. 

Senior Care, Hospice, and Euthanasia

Our animal hospital provides services for all stages of your pet's life. Our senior care includes creating a health plan outlining a changed diet, exercise, and guidelines to prevent common aging problems. We also offer compassionate, understanding hospice care and euthanasia when the time comes to say goodbye to your cat or dog. We try to accommodate all special requests.

Other Services

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs offers a wide variety of additional services for your pet. We offer pet boarding, doggie daycare, and pet grooming. We also offer laser therapy, pet microchipping, nutritional counseling, an on site laboratory, pain management, and veterinary walk-ins.

Contact Information

Contact a Colorado Springs veterinarian and schedule an appointment online, or call us at 719-593-8582. Our office is adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank at 4575 N. Chestnut Street in Colorado Springs, CO.

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