The Incredible Dr. Pol: Emergency Dog Surgery

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With more than 19,000 patients, Dr. Pol has seen it all. Specializing in large farm animals, this senior is anything but retiring as he takes an old school, no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine. Unflappable and unstoppable, this Doc routinely puts in 14-hour days and is a legend in the community.

In this new TV series, NatGeo travels with him across rural Michigan to care for every family pet and head of livestock in need of his expertise and kindness, and the following video gives you a behind the scenes look at an emergency dog surgery.

A dog is rushed into Dr. Pol’s clinic after being hit by a car. Can Dr. Pol save the dog’s life?

6 thoughts on “The Incredible Dr. Pol: Emergency Dog Surgery”

  1. What a sweet vet! He really does seem to care about the little dog. I am glad that there are people in the world like him for animals.

  2. While Dr. Pol does seem to care a great deal for animals he’s often portrayed neglecting even the most rudimentary standards of modern veterinary medicine. I’m concerned the show gives the false impression of good veterinary care; it actually sets back the progress made in veterinary medicine for the past 30 years. Last episode I watched, Dr. Pol performed a surgery wearing a t-shirt, no mask, cap, or gown, I’m not sure the surgical site was even prepped aseptically. I hope people interested in veterinary medicine and animal care will have the good sense to find out on their own that the standards of veterinary care are much higher than what the show depicts.

      • Would you like your next abdominal surgery to be performed by people not wearing masks and gowns? Just curious.

  3. Dr. Paul’s son attended surgeries when he was 4 years old? If I knew my dog’s surgery was attended by a 4 year old I would file a complaint with the state’s vet board, just for starters. And now as an adult his son is asking child-like questions during the surgery. Could he be bothered to at least get a vet tech degree? Red flags all over the place.
    I can imagine what the cost of this dog’s treatment came to and it was pure profit for this Dr. Pol who has no need for trained techs, a sanitary environment, not to mention some rudimentary 21st century tools available to vets who have the curiosity and welfare of the animals they treat to pursue them.

  4. As a practicing veterinarian, this show disturbs me greatly. I can only hope that they edited out stabilizing the dog with IV fluids (although no IV catheter was in place) prior to anesthesia.The eye proptosis is the least life-threatening of his injuries to be sure and I hope he waited longer than it appears in the video. Deplorable to have absolutely NO anesthetic monitoring or even a basic sense of sterility (surgical drape?). Cortisone for shock has been out of favor for 10+ years as it does more harm than good. No bedding in the cage for a dog with pelvic fractures or heat support while the dog recovers. Very very sad. This show is NOT how modern small animal medicine is practiced and I feel truly sorry for many of his patients.


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