Over the weekend, Boltz continued to take a recommended dose of prednisone in hopes that we would see an improvement in his mobility. While he does seem like he is more stable and less anxious, there is still an issue with his gait and strength in his back legs, particularly his left leg.
We should hear the results of the Blastomycosis test , which can impact the Central Nervous system and cause lameness. Although he has no other classic symptoms of blasto, including loss of appetite, lesions, lung congestion etc.
If the prednisone is determined to be working, we would like to taper him off to a lower dose that will still give him relief, but reduces the issues associated with a higher dose of prednisone. The risk of prednisone is that it is an immune suppressant, and we will certainly be watchful of any other potential viral or bacterial influenza or pneumonia issues that can present itself as winter approaches.
There are a few more possible conditions that are on the Veterinarian’s list. We will be assessing testing methodology this week as we continue to strive for a diagnosis. He has settled into the Pack Holding Area and has a thick straw bed near the wolf yard observation area that is a frequent place for him to rest. He is able to climb on the den and takes advantage of the warmth of the sun on some cooler fall days. He and Grizzer have face-to-face interactions, but there is no anxiety observed in either wolf by the updated retirement living arrangements.
The Exhibit Pack’s howling has increased, often with all three wolves howling near the Pack Holding Area. Boltz was even observed howling with them. We don’t know if he will ever rejoin the pack. Everything is hinging on a diagnosis. At this point, he is in a safe environment, with multiple security cameras to monitor his movements and social interactions from wolf care staff and Grizzer. I plan on sharing more video on our YouTube channel and hopefully post a live feed of Boltz on our upcoming Webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 22, as we welcome the first day of fall. There is still room to register for the webinar, check out this link to Register for the First Day of Fall Webinar.
The Center has posted a Facebook fundraiser to help support the many medical and logistical efforts needed to help understand Boltz’s condition. https://www.facebook.com/donate/363942581650869/