Thursday, March 8, 2012

A few things they never taught in Vet school.

This was given to a colleague in a day practice by a client who bought a wolf hybrid from a breeder & I thought I'd pass it on for interested parties. These are things I was never taught in Vet school & am sorely disappointed in said school.  All the time & money I spent there....wasted. :P
 
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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
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45 comments:

  1. I don't think I could read that in front of a client without having a laughing fit!

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  2. I had no clue wolves and bears were felines. Good thing my practice is limited to humans and other monotremes.

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  3. Well at least there was one good piece of advice, even though it was at the very end... "They can easily get heat stroke so if it is hot outside they need a cool area they can get to."

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  4. I'm surprised that whoever wrote that even knew that mosquitoes transmit heartworm.

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    1. i was just saying the SAME THING. read it to my husband...he had to stop me so he could swallow his drink before he spit it across the room laughing.

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  5. I can't believe you didn't know wolves absorb moisture through their skin. I mean, they're just like any other amphibian. Duh!

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    1. Through their one inch thick skin, no less.

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  6. Unbelievable. I hope the client didn't actually believe those things.... but since they were stupid enough to buy a half-wild animal and keep it as a pet, I have my doubts.

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    1. Agree. Why would anyone want to own a wolf or wolf X? Isn't that kind of asking for trouble? Especially if you have to educate your vet about them, geesh ;)

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  7. You mean to tell me that wolves have been felines all along? Those sneaky bastards. No wonder people don't trust cats.

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  8. I was doing good until I hit "Wolves absorb moisture through their skin." and then I laughed out loud, spitting milk and corn flakes on my keyboard. It just went downhill from there. I got the opportunity to work with some wolves when I did an internship at a zoo my junior year of college. Majestic creatures. I shudder to think that people this ignorant can attempt to care for them.

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  9. I'm going to call up my colleague at the feline only practice and demand she start allowing wolves in her waiting room!

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  10. I had no idea feeding one meal a day might be a common misconception. A local wolf fancier had lost three to bloat/GDV when he finally decided to take my advice and feed two smaller meals. We haven't lost one for this reason since.

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  11. I have a wolf-dog sanctuary that I am the vet for. Thank God the person in charge is not this deluded. We have one that was actually lost to RMSF. If ticks can't penetrate, was it immaculate infection? There is a lady that has told us that wolves can not eat probiotics because it causes diarrhea and the person running the sanctuary is an idiot for using any food other than diamond.

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  12. I am so disappointed that my vet school didn't teach me that wolves and bears are Felines!

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  13. Dear veterinary clients: Be sure to insist we follow your breeder's recommendations, especially about anesthesia and vaccines. Our years of schooling and training really don't teach us anything so we appreciate the guidance. If the breeder doesn't know, don't forget to ask your groomer, otherwise just ask your neighbor for the advice you need.

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  14. Wow...if you're disappointed in what your veterinary school didn't teach you about wolves, then I am sueing where I got a masters degree in wildlife/carnivore biology from. To think that I've been researching wild wolves and bears all these years, and was duped into believing they were canids and ursids!

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  15. Never mind suing your masters program, I'm suing my third grade teacher!!

    I read this and thought it was either a joke or a hoax. I checked snopes but nothing's there. Ugh.

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  16. Is there any way to get irresponsible breeders for spreading false information? I found this frightening and abhorrent, especially since I'm sure some people will actually believe this garbage.

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  17. I got the same handout last year! Check it out (and the rest of my blog) at http://journeyofanerveterinarian.blogspot.com/2011/03/doc-my-wolf-mix-is-sick.html

    :) Crazy is everywhere!

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  18. Jessica J. Austin for the win!

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  19. Uhm. Yikes. Do they have a gizzard, too? Cause I'm just thinkin.... Yikes.

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  20. http://retrieverman.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/where-you-can-buy-a-300-pound-super-wolf/

    Could be from a place like this?

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  21. I think I would not be able to stop myself from laughing in a clients face if they told me their 'wolf' was actually a feline who absorbed water through his one inch thick skin...what is this, pokemon?

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  22. I had a client come in a few years ago and told me this exact stuff! They must have gotten their feline wolf from the same breeder! I would LOVE for this breeder to read this and challenge us with his/her vast knowledge. :)

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    1. If they were in Alabama, pimping out bull dogs with "normal cherry eyes" I would think it was the famous "Nan," puppy pimp galore. I recently checked for her website but I think it was pulled down.

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    2. OMG - Nan! we had a lot of fun (at her expense) on VSPN a few years ago, when one of the members brought her outlandish website to our collective attention. I tried WaybackMachine to find her more....um....surreal pages to share with the readership here, and unfortunately they aren't there.

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  24. http://www.buttercuppuppies.com/index.html

    Another crazy breeder. Please for the love of all that you hold holy, don't buy puppies from people like this thinking that you are rescuing. And complete lack of factual information on diseases and medications is scary.

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  25. So if wolves are felines, and dogs descended from wolves, then dogs are really cats?

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    1. Exactly, Erin ! Now you can begin your re-education. :P

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  26. Well gee, don't I feel uneducated, They didn't teach me any of this in vet school. It sure is a good thing they apparently teach it in wolf hybrid breeding school.

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  27. Oh... My... God........ I've read some doozie "vet education" sheets but this one takes the cake...

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  28. if you want a lot more crazy where this came from... check out the source. http://www.freewebs.com/wolfhavenspiritofthepast/

    The wolfdog community (rescuers who pick up the pieces, mostly) knows exactly who this is and have been trying to get her shut down for a long time. No luck. Texas doesn't care. The sad part is, her animals aren't wolves, or even hybrids. They're just Malamute/Husky/GSD mixes, and it's very obvious from the pictures.

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    1. ho. lee. crap. i literally just poked through that whole page...i think i lost brain cells. in fact, i'm SURE of it. someone who thinks wolves are cats should NEVER. EVER. EVEREVEREVEREVEREVER be allowed to BREED these animals. EVER. simply pathetic.

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  29. I so enjoyed that wolfhaven website. My wife has brown eyes, and maybe that's why she can see in the dark. Saving up light. Amazing. Even more amazing was the remarkable similarity in writing style of the testimonial letters. They include all the same grammatical error and spelling mistakes as the rest of the site. What a coincidence! Yep...amazing. This is a rare and treasured look into life on a distant planet.

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  30. Oh, for fuck's sake. That's all I have.

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  31. just sent this via FB to my best friend who happens to be attending her sophomore year at UF vet school... just in case they STILL aren't aware of wolves and bears being felines yet.

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