Not the best of weekends

We knew the muskrat was old, and had some issue with his mouth that was going to be looked at today, but on Friday his mouth was looking bigger and so by Saturday morning we decided to sedate him and check things out. The growth on his face grew very quickly and was not removable. We were (are) suspicious of cancer, and as we were deciding whether or not we should wake him up from the procedure he started toRead more

Wolf changes…

You know our male wolf, 1414, died unexpectedly about one month ago. Today was the day our new male red wolf arrived. His studbook number is 1784 and he is the son of our beloved 1414. He sired three pups this past year while at the NCSU College of Veterinary medicine. (Yup, they are a cooperator and part of the Red Wolf SSP program too). We’ll post photos of him soon.     Today was also the day that 1287,Read more

Goodbyes are always hard but this one stings

Tuesday was as bad a day as they come. Our male red wolf died, unexpectedly. Everything was going as planned for his annual physical, however Dr. Vanderford had concerns about his abdomen distention during the exam.  We transported him for further testing which revealed a twisted stomach and bowel, also known as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV). The condition is categorized as an extreme emergency and often carries a poor prognosis. His condition deteriorated very rapidly and by the time he gotRead more

Farewell our Feathered Friend

Christopher, our barred owl that resides on the Farmyard, was euthanized on Monday. Keepers found him about one month ago not eating and on the ground several days in a row. We brought him inside, checked him out and then sent him to the NCSU vet school. To be honest, I assumed he would not improve, but after multiple tests, treatments, and supportive care, he took a turn for the better and starting eating and perching. Unfortunately, that turn forRead more

Goodbye Ursula

There’s difficult and yucky parts of everyone’s job, but today, and the days leading up to today, are among the hardest.  Ursula I posted about Ursula in July, and told you about her leg issues. We rested and medicated her for several months. Many of you were kind enough to donate watermelons for her to take her medicines in. Last week she took a huge turn for the worse. She’s been unable to stand up. While heartbreaking, the decision became clear toRead more