There is a blog written by veterinarians that i read almost daily. Most of the entries are about some of the crazier and more frustrating things we get to deal with every day. I thought some of you might get a kick out of this. Apparently this vet was sent the following information from a "wolf breeder" along with a client. My favorite was that wolves are actually from the feline family.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR VETS
Here are some helpful tips when one of our clients brings in their wolves for check ups or with problems:
They have a very high metabolism.
Parvo shots could kill them or make them ill.
Wolves are prone to have diarrhea because of their metabolism.
Can be caused by drinking too much water or not getting filtered water (as we always recommend)
Too much moisture in their system. Wolves absorb moisture through their skin.
Too much food, they should be eating one time per day.
Eating the wrong types of food. They need a high protein diet, 27% or higher. Should not be eating any fruits or vegetables, can not digest them, it make rake the colon and make them bleed.
Require dirt in their diet. This comes from years of eating a kill that gets dirty on the ground. It makes their stool solid. Food should be fed on the ground or a small amount of dirt/pebbles added to it.
They do not get parvo or heartworm.
Diarrhea is more than likely caused by the above mentioned items.
No flea products. These products are made for hair not fur. It can burn the fur and cause their skin to be irritated.
They are from the feline family, non the canine as taught. This is why they have a high metabolism. the same as lions, bears and tigers.
So no dog shots, feline shots only.
The skin is about 1 inch thick and so a mosquito can not lay larva under the skin so they do not get heartworm. Because of this they also do not get fleas or ticks because they can not penetrate it. Meds for heartworm could cause them to become sick.
Because of their fur coats they tend to get hotter faster than dogs. They can easily get heat stronke so if it is hot outside they need a cool area they can get to.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions .