Does your dog like to dig in the trash and find something yummy to eat? If so, you’re not alone. Our canine companions are notorious for eating things they shouldn’t! This may include road kill, rotten meat, or even moldy bread. But what happens if a dog eats something like moldy bread?
Has your dog eaten moldy bread? Are you worried the moldy bread will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve gathered information about moldy bread and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Moldy Bread?
Bread is a wonderful food that humans and dogs love. However, one of the downsides of bread is that it doesn’t last long. After a few days, you may notice some fuzzy stuff on the bread’s surface. This fuzzy stuff is called mold, and your bread has now become moldy bread.
Eating Mold is Dangerous
Mold contains mycotoxins which are poisonous substances. These mycotoxins are dangerous for humans and their canine friends. What’s more, there are many types of mycotoxins, some of which are more toxic than others.
So, dogs should never eat mold.
Symptoms of Mold Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten moldy bread:
- Abdominal pain
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
It’s recommended that you bring a sample of the bread your dog ate (if possible). The vet may be able to identify the mold and mycotoxins your canine companion has ingested.
Treatment of Moldy Bread Ingestion in Dogs
The vet will first work to decontaminate your dog’s system. They may do this by inducing vomiting, using activated charcoal, or gastric lavage. Your fur baby may also require an IV for fluids and to administer medications.
The vet will also treat any other symptoms as they arise.
The good news is that most dogs will make a full recovery after eating moldy bread. However, the best prognosis is for dogs that receive prompt medical treatment.
In the future, you may also want to consider buying a dog-proof wastebasket or garbage bin. Prevention is always the best medicine!