Vets Saving Pets

Ages: 13 - 16Manufacturer: Litton Entertainment

Puppy Luke, a white rescue mutt, is suddenly having trouble with his back leg. Simba, a cute Bengal cat, seems paralyzed. And Honey, a sweet Bulldog/Shar-Pei mix, is going blind. All of these pets are in need of medical attention and are visiting the Emergency Veterinary Trauma Center in Toronto, one of the busiest emergency rooms for pets in North America. Some 20,000 animals are seen there each year.

In each segment of the show, the story of the animal and its owners helps invest the viewer in the tale. Worried pet parents wonder if their furry friends will be ok. The sick animals are obviously in need of expert help. As the story unfolds, viewers hear from doctors about their diagnosis, and cameras are in the operating room, right where the surgery or treatment is happening. By the end of this particular episode, Luke’s kneecap is on the mend, Simba has gotten a steroid shot and is scampering around, and Honey’s vision is much clearer. She’s “got a new outlook on life,” the narrator says.

For budding veterinarians, Vets Saving Pets might be inspiring, and pop-up fact boxes provide information about the disease (“Preventive entropion surgery is often performed on Shar-Pei breeds when they are 6-8 months old.”), the pet, or other facts and figures. It is rewarding to see the vets help, and sometimes, save an animal.

Parents should note that this is not a cuddly viewing experience.

Ann Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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