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The Incredible Dr. Pol

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Incredible Dr. Pol is a reality show on NatGeo Wild since 2011. The show highlights the Dutch-American veterinarian, his staff, patients & their people, & his family. Dr. Jan Pol was born in September 1942. He & Diane have been married for 50 years. He works in rural Michigan, originally for large animals, but now combined large & small animals when local dairy farmers downsized. He & his staff now take care of small farm animals. Most of the local vets apparently do not treat chickens, ducks, hedgehogs, & lizards. Besides standard farm animals - cows, pigs, horses, dogs - the service also takes care of exotic large animals (llamas, alpacas, camels, reindeer). If you have an animal other vets won’t touch, call Pol Veterinary! The clinic refers pet owners to specialist care when they can’t help.

What have I learned from watching this show? Cows are fairly stupid animals, & a lot of problems calving. since the show tends to show the vets helping the cows in distress, I got the Impression cattle would die out from the many problems they can have - calves cannot have breech births, calves that die during the birth process can be toxic to the cows & must be removed. The vets use chains to remove the possibly live calves with chains, & if a dead calf is rotting inside, they cut it up in utero. I guess a lot of people thought the same way, so in the more recent seasons, the narrator states only about 10% of the
cows have difficult births. Nearly any kind of animal can have prolapsed (pooching out) of the uterus or rectum. When a hedgehog came in for rectal prolapse, his innards we’re getting stuck on its spines. OW! Many animals (horses & rabbits & more) have teeth that continue to grow. If they grow too long or crooked, the animal will have trouble eating. - but they can be filed down or snapped off without hurting the animals. Horse & cattle castrations are gross, but necessary . Pretty much any male animal you want to be calm & not breeding should be castrated.

(Charles is Dr. Pol’s son, who is not a vet)

If I Could Talk to the Animals, from Dr. Dolittle

If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it
Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee
Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah
What a neat achievement that would be.

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Maybe take an animal degree.
We'd study elephant and eagle, buffalo and beagle,
Alligator, guinea pig, and flea.

We would converse in polar bear and python,
And we could curse in fluent kangaroo.
If people asked us, can you speak in rhinoceros,
We'd say, "Of courserous, can't you?"

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Think of all the things we could discuss
If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals,
Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals,
And they could squeak and squawk and speak and talk to us.


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