Last year’s Nightmare
When we went on our vacation last year at this time, Rio our Yorkie-Dachshund mix was less than a year old. We started this tradition to go away for the first week of July about five years ago. The last two years we have went to Sunriver to camp, like we are doing this year. It was a blast except for one near disaster.
Unknown to us, this is the time of year in Central Oregon brings lots of different fungi and poisonous plants in bloom. The campground that we go to I’ve been staying in for forty years and I’ve never even heard of such a thing as a poisonous fungi in the campground. I’ve actually never heard of animals having any reaction at all to any plants!
So hear is what happened…
We were in our normal area of the campground, having a great time. Rio and Coco were on a cable in our campsite so they could be outside at camp with us. They weren’t off leash at all and seemed to be completely fine one evening when we all hopped in bed to go to sleep.
Rio is a snuggler. If you have a Yorkie you will know what I mean about what cuddle bugs they are. This particular morning I woke up and she wasn’t in our bed. Instead she was walking around in circles, moaning, and banging into the wall repeatedly. Instantly I knew that something was NOT right and I woke Ryan up.
We tried to talk to her, give her water, snuggle her but she wasn’t coherent at all. She was trippin’ big time! So we left the kids with my parents and Ryan and I drove into Bend to an animal hospital that was open at 5 am.
At the Bend Animal Hospital
Right there on the counter was a flyer that warned of poisonous fungi and plants in the area that are in bloom. Right away I remembered seeing this weird looking plant at camp and around the campground. It was reddish-pink and looked like an asparagus. It was such an unusual color and size that it stood out.
The vet at first asked if she may have been exposed to Marijuana or even sugar-free gum.? Um, no pretty sure its not that. I guess a few dogs were at the hospital that morning already being treated for toxic doses of both.
After looking her over, they sedated her and said the only thing we could do was to wait it out and hope for the best. If she injested too much of the toxin it could shut down her kidneys, and she won’t know for a day or so.
We went back to camp a mess. We somehow had let our little puppy take a potentially lethal trip on mushrooms! So crazy! We joke about her issue with mushrooms now but that day was really hard.
The vet was able to give her something that helped eliminate the poison from her blood stream, which apparently was really expensive! But Rio was so tiny she was able to use a bit of medicine leftover from another dog before Rio. At least that is what we were told. We were so thankful for that! Still our bill was about $700 for one day of detox and rest for a girl with a mushroom habit.😳
Forward to today
We are about to camp for two weeks at the same campground. So yes, I am a bit nervous and we will undoubtedly scour our campsite for anything strange and eliminate it immediately. Also Rio is going to be mostly an indoor girl this trip. I do not trust her at all! 🤣
Have you heard of anything like this? Or had any strange issues with your pets and things they have eaten while on vacation? It seems so unusual to me… But honestly I think it is on all of our minds a bit…
So when your out camping or hiking with your pets, just be extra cautious, especially if you have a little dog like Rio who will nibble on just about anything. She almost didn’t come home with us.
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