The Health of our Wolves
Our wolves are healthy because of the way that we feed and care for them. No raw meat, it can give them worms, pass on germs and diseasesfrom the raw meat. That is why we cook all of our meat.
Adults have all shots, rabies shots, vet checks and a daily vitamins. All pregnant mothers get prenatal vitamins and extra food which means they get all needed nutrients for healthy babies. All adults get wormed on a regular basis, including mothers and babies, all regularly. This insures cubs are healthy and happy.
The wolves brain is three times the size of a dog's and has the capability to learn like a 5 year old human at birth. They continue to get smarter as they develop, there is no limit to what they can learn, understand or remember. Wolves need to only see things usually one time to learn it. Their brains grow and develop much like a humans. By all rights it's the same as a humans Brain.
Wolves howl to communicate. They make different tones using their vocal cords, they are similar to a humans. It seems like they can really talk,it's no a trick, they only do it when they need to communicate or get your attention. At first it sounds like baby talk and they can only say two syllable words if it has more than two they will drop the beginning syllables.
Wolves eyes are brown, sometimes they are light brown which can look more silver or yellow next to the color of their coat. Wolves have night vision, animal that have night vision or is nocturnal have brown eyes. They collect the light during the day and reflect it back at night. It is like a headlight on a car, that is why if you take a picture with a camera that has a flash, shine a light in their eyes at night or look at them in certain lighting. Their eyes will look red, yellow or blue depending on the lighting being used. A full wolf will not have green or blue eyes, but like the lion only brown.
They are passed on by a dirty area, bad raw meat, road kill and feral (wild) animals. Ours do not get any of these things in the enclosure around the house. The area is cleaned up daily, to help prevent diseases, we take every caution possible.
Changes in Environment
A change in environment can give wolves diarrhea. If the change is not handled correctly (especially if they are a cub) it can make them very sick or even kill them. When getting a new cub or adult, moving them or changing their environment you should expect them to get diarrhea. If this happens you have to take care of it with anti-diarrhea medicine andprobios for the stomach. Give the medicine for about three days or when diarrhea is over and the animal is eating better. Change in environment can also cause worms since the wolf carries the enzyme with them. If signs of worms, use Pro Pet, a cat wormer you can get at Wal-mart. Worm the wolf then worm again 10 days later, 1cc for a cub and 2 cc for an adult, in mouth. We worm our cubs at 6 weeks and then again at 9 week. Babies of all kinds are born with worms, cats, dogs and wolves. When you get your cub from us, they have already been wormed, the vet may find dead worms in the stool when you first receive the cub.
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:
Hello. I read your page about feeding. I have just one thing to add from experience that is little known in the veterinarian circles and may be associated to dogs but I had a high content hybrid until recently. My dog(wolf), started having epileptic seeming seizures when he got a few years old. I was in the Navy and not around to see what was going on but my family took him to the vet where they held off as long as possible, but put him on phenobarbytol after several months of seizures. The seizures were reduced but did not stop so they raised his drug level. When I got out, I took him back with me and the seizures stopped. My ego had me thinking it was separation anxiety for awhile until he had a seizure when I bought him some cheap food while we were traveling. As it turns out, he used to get into the cat food when he was a few years old at my families house and both it and the food I gave him had red dye(#8 I believe) in it. I've talked to one or two others with hybrid mixes that had similar experiences. It is simply an allergy to the dye. If any of your customers note that their wolf,or wolf/mix is having a problem such as this, I recommend changing the food immediately to something that has no red dye. By all means though, no phenobarbytolas it is nearly impossible to remove them from the drug and it destroys the liver.
I hope this helps you or someone you know.
Wolves are meat eating animals, along with other animals sometimes they do not produce enough taurine. Taurine is an important part of their diet. EVO Weight Management has taurine in it. You can also give your wolves cat vitamins that have taurine included. They can also get taurine from cooked meat, meat is high in taurine. Dogs can not eat food with taurine included, dogs produce amino acids and taurine. Too much taurine for dogs from cat food and high protein foods can possible damage the liver in dogs, but not in wolves or cats.
What is taurine: (2aminoethane sulfonic acid) is a conitionally essential free-form amino acid that is the most abundant free amino acid in many tissues and participates in a variety of metabolic processes. Taurine is found at high levels in the heart skeletal muscle, white blood cells, the central nervous system, and is a building block for all other amino acids. Some things it does: Works as an ion and pH buffer in the heart and skeletal muscles and central nervous system. Taurine is instrumental in preventing loss of potassium from heart muscles, aid in the digestion of fat, soluble vitamins, and the management of cholesterol levels.
Hybrids with a high content of dog can get diseases easier then pure content wolf. They carry no heart worm or dog diseases, they do not have inherited diseases or the health problems likes dogs from inbreeding.
Our cubs come with a health check if we ship them and an option of a health check if you pick up.
We thrive for healthy cubs that is our motto. We want all our cubs to live a long healthy life.
They come with a guarantee in the contract. If in the first year they die or get sick because of health or birth defects then we will replace the animal at no cost to you, shipping not included. You would need to pick up or pay for shipping of the new cub.
If taken care of a wolf can live 25 years or longer. I know of a man that had one that lived to be 30 years old. If given the right shots and food they can live very long lives. They should not have any heath problems like cancer, hip displace, heart worm, or parvo. A wolf has a very strong immune system to start with. If you don't take care of them or give the right food or shots, you can break down their immune system. That can make them prone to heath problems and a shorter life span. For example, if they get a bladder infection, over time that can kill them. If they get worms and you don't know it then over time that can break down there immune system, and they can get health problems they normally would not get.
A lady got one from me, after 4 years he was sick, she never called me at for help. She called me saying her wolf is sick, and dieing at the vet. She is unhappy because he is only four years old and i said they will live 25 years or longer. with no heath problems. so why i am trying to find out what happened. She tells me he has been throwing-up for 3 days, but she said she didn't take him in earlier because he has been throwing up on and off for 4 years. Then she hangs up. They don't throw up on and off all the time for nothing. Something she was doing was wrong, the wrong food? or wrong shots? Maybe the wolf had worms, but whatever it was it was killing him.
Most wolves can live with a lot of things wrong with them, but not a long life if sick. If there is something wrong, then that can brake them and there immune system down. It will make then sick or they will come down with something that they may not normally get because of there natural healthy immune system. It will also shorten there life span. If there is something wrong no matter what, call me, so i can help, then your wolf can have a long and healthy like span.
A lady that bought a wolf from me and after 10 months she called me because her cub was in the vet sick and they could not find anything wrong, but that he was under weight. I asked her how much she was feeding him, she said 4 cups. This wolf is the largest type of wolf that we carry. She was still feeding it what it was getting when I sold it to her. That's what has made it under weight, and given it diarrhea. When a wolf does not get enough food, or the right food, they will find some thing to eat. They will even eat their own stool and that will give them worms or other problems. We are working on getting him back up to weight and his diarrhea under control. She is working with us. A wolf is different then a dog, so different. Sometime you need to call and talk to us.
Remember as they grow you need to feed them more, counting on the weight and growth of the cub.
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