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FEEDING YOUR WOLF

 

WE ARE USING VICTOR 42 PRO : we get it at chewy.com

 protein 81% meat 42% protein. a 30 pound bag for 55.00 .EVO IS NOT BEING SOLD ON LINE ANY MORE .

 

Nature's Variety went down in protein. not

enough protein for wolves in it.  The food we are

using is evo turkey and chicken 42% protein/ herring and salmon 50% protein . 

 

 

food, grain free, and at least  42%

protein. The dog food, victor 42 pro. is grain free, but with 42% protein.  

you can order it from

http://www.chewy.com/ this is where

we get are food. they are very help full and

nice. it is delivered straight to your

door. no shipping cost . the best prices / victor 42 pro

 

 

 

food: 

 

For treats we use Blue Wilderness jerky,

chicken or turkey that is minimum 50%

protein, it's all jerky.  You can also give

real people jerky and canned tuna in water

but never canned cat or dog food, not

enough protein.  

We also give cooked meet every 3 to 4

days but NOT raw.  Raw can give worms

and/or slight diarrhea.  They get more

nutrients from cooked meats then raw.

Remember, a wolf only retains protein,

everything else goes thru them.  If they

don't get enough protein they will still be

hungry and won't be as big or as healthy

as they would have been.  We regret no

longer using Evo but when they sold the

company the new owners changed the

products.  PLUS a well fed wolf is a

HAPPY wolf!


I would like to share some of my experience with

how to care for a wolf when it comes to feeding. 

I have learned all that I know from first hand

experience.  My dad raised wolves and shared his

knowledge with me and I have lived with wolves

most of my life.  Most of the facts that I share

with you will not be found in your common

learning type text books.  

 

They have a life span of 25 years and even as old as 30.  Most wolves will live this long if taken care of the correct way. 

My wolves range in weight between 90 – 300

pounds, but are not obese, just healthy.

 

In the wild wolves eat raw meat, plus the hair,

skin and bones of the kill.  

 

In the wild most wolves are sickly, are full

of worms, and are a lot smaller. The mortality

rate is that one in a litter may make it to a

year old.

 

Wolves have a high metabolism, they

only retain the protein and so unlike dogs

they don’t get fat, a wolf is dense weight. 

Like humans with a high metabolism,

they can eat anything and not gain

weight, they only retain the protein. 

But remember, they are a carnivore not

an herbivore.

They also only eat once a day, their

metabolism is designed so that they

hold some of the protein from there food in their system

until they eat again. So it does no good

to feed them more than once a day.  

You are just wasting the food and

making them sick.  In that one feeding

you should give them about 4 ½ cups or more 

of food . a McKenzie should eat 2 pounds,

more about 9 cups. If they do not eat it all put it

up until the next day.

 

Wolves do not digest fruit and

vegetables it is hard on their intestines

and will just give them diarrhea.  So to

keep the wolves healthy remember

protein only and nothing too spicy.

 

Wolves do need fiber; in the wild

they receive it by eating grass, dirt,

sticks and little rocks.  It helps with

the digestion and helps to make there

stool hard.

In the wild they eat a kill on the

ground it gets dirty, which helps

them digest their kill. To help

compensate you can help by

putting there food on the ground

sometimes or put dirt in the food bowl.

 

 

 

HOW TO FEED THEM

 

A wolf needs a high protein food of 42% to 50% or

higher, no less.  Unlike dogs they don’t become

over weight by the protein. Most adult dog food is like

diet food, so they don’t get the protein they need.

Or you can feed them cat food which is very high

in protein and since wolves can be traced back to

the feline family it would actually be good for

them but no red dye's.

 

When you feed them meat please cook it first.

always cook the meat it will help the wolves digestive system break down the food easier and slower.  This will cause the wolves to receive a higher content of fat and protein from the meat.  Raw meat digests faster and is harder for the digestive system to breakdown, thus could miss some of the importance of eating the meat and give them the slit runs.

 

Raw meat will give any animal worms and wolves

are prone to get worms because of an enzyme that

they carry.  Wolves should be wormed every six months

to be safe. 

 

When you  feed the wolf meat they should still

get their dry food or cat food every day.  Think of it

as a foundation on a house.  They need their

food first and then you  give them cocked over that and 

treats after.infact you should give them cooked meat with there dry food . fish or bird is better then red meat .   IMPORTANT:  Remember

they have a high metabolism so everything in

moderation.

 

I also give and suggest that you give them a cat 

vitamins.  Make sure the vitamin helps prevent urinary tract infections and taurine for stomach acids.  The vitamin helps replace vitamins they need. 

they would get from a kill.  It will also help with stress,

a wolf is emotional and they worry over everything.

Wolves are prone to urinary tract infections, as felines,

so it is important that the vitamin helps prevent against this.

This is especially true during the summer, they tend to not drink enough water for their kidney's to flush properly.

A vitamin will help the kidney's process and keep the wolf

happy, a happy wolf makes for a happy home!  If you

would like you could give your wolf ice cubes, Popsicle

or hose down the wolf twice a week (only if it is hot outside).

 

All of these can help assist the vitamins.

 

Wolves like to chew, you can give them

bones ,raw hide and cow hoves.  Just like they would get from a kill, this will also give them something to do.

 

I give my wolves beef rib bones; I buy them

with the meat on them.  I use beef bones

because they last longer then pig bones do. 

I also give them rawhides, natural 100%

rawhide only, no spices or flavoring.  It

will replace the skin from a kill and it

helps with the digestion.  Again, the bones

and rawhide will also give them something to do.

 

Since they are so intelligent they need brain

stimulation, like bones, rawhide, sticks and

toys to chew on.

 

 

NOTES ON HOW TO FEED A WOLF

 

·       High protein adult food or cat food all there lives.

 

·       No fruit or vegetables ever.

 

·       Sticks, grass, dirt, small rocks for digestion.

 

·       Rawhide like skin from a kill.

 

·       Bones, meat (beef proffered), cooked only.

 

·       You can give them things like eggs and cheese, peanut butter but remember all in moderation.

 

·       Also a daily vitamin for stress and the stomach. Should be a full spectrum vitamin that includes help with urinary tract infection and taurine, commonly a feline vitamin works.

 

 

 

We have found that protein in the diet helps with the healing process, it helps the body produce the antibody needed to help them mate, to heal and to help heal you. Antibiotics run through their system, the more protein in the food, the stronger the antibodies are, the healthier the wolf will be, the longer they will live with you.  There are currently schools that are studying the wolf's blood for a cure for cancer.  If you have a full wolf it will not get cancer.  They are too healthy, it has to do with those antibodies running through their system.

CUBS

 

If raising cubs, don’t give people food until

three months of age.  In the wild the adults

regurgitate the food for the cub which is partly

digested.

 

Shot's and worming, shots at 6 & 9 weeks worming at 5,8 and 9 1/2 weeks then shots only at a year and worming every 6 months . 

 

An adult’s stomach acid is stronger then that of a

cub, so only dry food or you will cause their

stomach to over work, which will give them

diarrhea and make them sick.

 

I suggest dry food only until they are three

months old.  dry food is bland and will

not make them sick.

 

ABOUT DIARRHEA

 

A wolf can get diarrhea for many different

reasons.  Because of their metabolism you

can give your wolf or cub Imodium AD for kids. 

6cc ever time they go until it’s

over but if needed you can do twice as much  and at the same time you can give pro bios for stomach. 

 

It's a stomach medicine given every three days

until it is over.  The medicine is called

Propios or Benabac for animals.  It will

replace the stomachs acids.

 

You can also give the same medicine

to cubs that are going from mother’s

milk to solid food because cubs have

a hard time going from milk to food.  That

is why even in the wild a cub will have a

hard time going from mother’s milk to

solid food and sometimes they die because of it. So pro-bios every three to four days till 4 months.

 

POISONS:

 

  • Make sure all rat poisons are not where the wolves can eat it.

 

  •  No alcohol, it can cause liver damage and if too much is consumed can cause  death within a couple of days.

 

 BREEDERS THAT PEOPLE GET WOLVES AND HYBRIDS FROM THAT DON'T TREAT THEM RIGHT  

HI everyone, I help people daily that get wolves from breeders that don't take care of them right.  They don't worm them or don't use the right DE-warmer.  They may not feed them the right food (people) grain free/high in protein.  Don't use Old Roy or those other ones out there.  A wolf only retains the protein, in other words everything else goes right threw them.   One man came to me after his wolf had to be put down because the breeder gave her cubs growth hormones to make them bigger. If you just feed them right and they will get big. One lady that came to me after hers was constipated, the vet said the breeder gave it gelatin to plug it up so it wouldn't have diarrhea. If people would just feed and worm then right they wouldn't have problems. Use feline shots not dog shots. A gentleman has been calling me because his has stomach problems because the breeder gave them dog shots before he sold them. From now on that wolf will have a very touchy system, if he doesn't give him the right food, he gets sick. Also he will not live a long life because of it.   I help people sometimes daily because of the way the breeders are treating the wolves. A lady that has had her's in the vet twice since she got it from another breeder, it's full of worms, a real bad problem. It also has had to have vitamin shots from not getting enough from the food it got at the breeder. So now her baby has cost here hundreds of dollars. Yes mine cost but they cost to feed and care for correctly.  I say all the time you get what you pay for.  Let's make these breeders care better for their wolves or go out of business. If the breeder isn't doing it right go to one that is and you will find a breeder that cares about there babies.

 

Dye's in food

Wolves can't have dye's in their food and medications, especially red dye's (example red dye #8). In medication make sure they do not get any  phenobarbytol, it can destroy the liver in wolves and is almost impossible to remove them from this drug. Here is a story from a reader to help explain what I am talking about:
 


Cubs that will not eat and are sick or is eating for the first time:
 

First try to take some food, put water in it and then cook it, I call this cereal (wolf cereal). This usually works when you are putting them on food for the first time, sometime between 3 to 4 weeks old, until they can eat dry food.  Remember you still need to put a little dirt in their food. Feed them twice a day about a handful at first and increase as they grow, or once a day for adults or cubs that are at least a year old.  Remember to use probiocin (pet gel) every three day's until about 2 1/2 months. If you have a a cub that has a touchy stomach you may have to baby it until it is older. Some have a touchy stomach and others have a cast iron like stomach. Just remember for the first six months:  only their wolf food, filtered water, dirt in their food, don't let them get to hot, and most important just love them a lot. 
  
 
Sick cubs and adults: 

When a cub or adult will not eat you need to give 2cc pracaine penicillin, a half a spoon of probiocin (pet gel) and a dose of kaolin pectin (anti-diarrhea for animals).  You will get all of these items when you receive the cub from us or you may order it from Jeffers Pet magazine, 1-800-533-3377.  Give these items to the wolf in the morning and then water in mouth with syringe through out the day. You need to do everything possible to get the wolf to eat.  Wolves need to eat every day especially cubs who need to eat twice a day. 

 

I do something I call tub feeding. I take a syringe and cut off the tip and then make some of the wolf cereal and punch the syringe into the food until it's full.  Then put the end in it and put in mouth and push it down their throat, hold the mouth closed until they swallow it.  Give six to eight syringe full twice a day.  The syringe size's should be 3cc for 3 to 6 weeks, 12cc for 6 to 12 weeks, 20cc for 12 to 32 weeks and 35cc for any wolf older then 32 weeks old. Do this every day no matter what in until the wolf is better and back to eating every day on their own.  Remember if a wolf goes one day with out eating they may die, especially cubs.

 

Some reasons that may be causing them to be sick:

Eating the wrong thing, they have worms, they have been recently wormed and the dead worms made them sick, they have the diarrhea from too much food or water. Some cubs may get sick when starting to eat food, because of worms but may still be to small to worm. Just maintain cubs and keep it on food until they are old enough to worm at 5 weeks old. Do not worm younger then 5 weeks it can cause health problems when older if wormed too young. Just do these things and hang in there!

 

I hope my experience with feeding and caring for wolves will help you.  If you have any questions call Katie at

1-541-726-0224.

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