Vets Saving Pets

Ages: 13 - 16Producer: Litton Entertainment Rating: TV G - General Audience

Ever wonder how vets operate on a komodo dragon?  Or how you give a cat a CAT scan?  How to treat a puppy that has a deadly virus without also infecting the other animals in the clinic?  Those answers and more are revealed on Vets Saving Pets, a reality series taped at an emergency animal clinic in Toronto.

Pet owners share stories of their beloved animal companions’ illnesses, vets discuss how they’ll treat the maladies, pop-up graphics provide additional facts, and a narrator keeps it all moving along as the episode bounces back and forth following each animal’s case.

Teens with an interest in animals, biology, science, and medical specialties will find this program fascinating.  It’s like a virtual job-shadow for any kid aspiring to be a vet, with a riveting look at the many specialties they can pursue, ranging from animal dentistry to dermatology and oncology.

Viewers should be prepared, though, because the animals who end up in this emergency clinic are receiving care for serious issues.  Paralyzed felines, dogs with malignant tumors, animals experiencing seizures – these are regular occurrences, and while many can be stabilized and treated, not all cases have happy endings.  Storylines often include footage of surgeries, medical procedures, and animals in pain– although it is important to note that nothing is gratuitously graphic.

It’s a well-produced program but parents, be aware, it’s not for every animal lover.  Subject matter is best suited to teens with an interest in the biological sciences, medicine, and zoology.


Gina Catanzarite ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.