Dr. Jan Pol recently took time out to answer fan questions on National Geographic Channel’s Facebook page. The questions ranged from details about Dr. Pol’s history and experiences through to his family and the new season of The Incredible Dr. Pol. Read a transcript of the questions and answers below, and be sure to tune in to The Incredible Dr. Pol, Saturday at 10P on Nat Geo WILD.

Comment from Katie S.
Hi Dr. Pol! Just wondering what are some of your favorite/most interesting patients for the upcoming season?

I don’t have favorite animals. The show starts tomorrow night with an episode that features a beautiful golden pheasant with a broken leg. Very interesting animal. Got caught in a fence and broke its leg. I don’t have a favorite animal per se.

Comment from Dr.Pol Fan
Dr. Pol, we love your show….When will your granddaughter be on the show? I have heard many good things about her!              

She was here while they were filming the fair episode. I don’t know exactly when that will air, though.

Comment from Katy
Dr. Pol, do you have any pets of your own?

Oh yes. They’ll be in the show. One is the big Great Dane. We also have a Newfoundlander and three cats. They all live happily in the same house. They all get along fine. The Himalayan cat is in one of the commercials.

Comment from Just1MoreMinPins
Dr. Pol we need you out here in the Pacific Northwest! Love your attitude, no fuss no muss…just get it done! Your one of very few vets anymore that does both large and small animals. You actually told a couple their dog was fat!!! Good for you…most vets NEVER tell pet owners that!! So glad your back on for Season 2! Cant wait to watch! Debs :)              

The thing is, I grew up on a diary farm. So I have a great love for cows. But cows are disappearing. Many family farms aren’t here anymore. So now we have a very active small animal practice. Some of my style has carried over from large animals to small. I try to do the best for the animals that I can, while trying to keep in mind what people want to do themselves. As for moving to the Pacific Northwest…It’s a nice place. I like the area. But I don’t think so. I’m too old to move, and my wife has collected too much junk to move to a new area!

Comment from Debi
I love your passion for what you do! Your show is great, good luck with the upcoming seasons…              

Thanks. I was the youngest of 6 children growing up on a farm and have always loved animals and wanted to work with them. The challenge for me is always to make the right diagnosis/prognosis, and then do the best you can for treatment. Also, Michigan is a somewhat economically challenged place, and people love there animals, but they can’t always afford Cadillac treatment. So I try to do the best I can.

Comment from Sam T.
What types of animals do you find most difficult to treat?

It has nothing to do with the type of animal. It’s usually the animal that has not been socialized. They’re scared more than anything else. But as long as I can get my hands on them and calm them down, everything is fine. As far as dangerous animals, I was working with a rodeo animal…Those animals are taught to get rid of anything on their backs or on front of them. And they are very good at that. So when you’re working with an animal like that, you have to be very careful. But when you’re dealing with small animals, the scared ones are the toughest.

Comment from James
Can we look forward to seeing more of your wife in the new season?              

Oh yea. She’ll be there, just like she was in the first season. She still beats us in target practice.

Comment from ABiggs
Dr. Pol – You’re clearly not squeamish about much, but what was your most awkward animal experience (so far)?

No. Back in the Netherlands we don’t have the blow flies (little green flies that lay eggs in wounds) the same as here in the USA. I was practicing here many years ago and a guy brought in a dog who he said was trying to have pups. And she had a patch of maggots on her back, which was a little bit much. But I bit the bullet, got them cleaned up, and the dog had a bunch of healthy pups.

Comment from Don Havlicek
If you had not become a vet, what other career would you have pursued?              

I always wanted to work with animals, and since I grew up on a dairy farm, I probably would’ve gone into that.

Comment from Pat
What was your favorite part of filming the show?

What it does to the students, elementary to college, that see the show and then say “this is what I want to do.” We’ve had so many good comments from those kids that it really makes me feel good. As for the show itself…It’s fun. It’s edited, of course, thank goodness, because I am an easygoing, spontaneous, guy. But it turns out that they don’t edit it all. So watch out for the quirks!

Comment from Ashlynn
Hi Dr. Pol. I was wondering if you had any advice for an aspiring veterinarian.

Keep your grades up, that’s the first thing. Get everything that you need to do to enter college. And then do not apply to just one school. Have an open mind and try to get into wherever you want to or can get in. Start shadowing vets. We have a lot of students come here, (high school, vet techs, etc.). They come here to shadow us. It’s important to get your hours in with a veterinarian.

Comment from Matt
Dr. Pol — My dad is a vet and just retired. He loves your show! What is the most exotic disease you’ve ever encountered in one of your patients? Have you ever had to deal with a quarantine situation?

TB is a disease that almost was eradicated except for the deer in Michigan. It is still in the northeast part of the Lower Peninsula. The entire state of Michigan had to be quarantined. We could not ship cattle to other states. This was within the last 10 years. The TB had gone from deer to cows. We’ve been doing a lot of testing in this area and it is now nearly under control. In the Netherlands, when I was in college, we still had outbreaks of foot and mouth disease, which is one of the very bad viral diseases we need to watch out for in the United States.

Comment from Hazel
What are some tips to keep an old dog alive and kicking for years to come?

It all depends on a few things. If he has arthritis, be sure to give it whatever your vet recommends for the joints. Here we recommend a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug. There are many that are very good. Be sure to keep the pain under control so the dog feels good.

Comment from almc
In season one there were multiple dogs with porcupine encounters. I wanted to know how many of those do you see in a month. Thanks. Love the show.

It all depends. In the winter, they hibernate, and still the dogs will find them. It goes up and down. We’ve seen as many as 5 a day, and then you can go three weeks without one. Your fingers get sore pulling them out!

Comment from Rita
You come across on your show as a very down to earth, compassionate man, having and a real relationship with the animals you care for. How does it affect you when you have to make the decision that an animal has to be humanely put to sleep? It is one part of your job that I find would be highly emotional.              

Yes it is. And it’s a decision that I cannot make. The owner has to do it. I am not god and I will not tell them when they have to put an animal down. So ultimately the decision is with them, but if it must be done I do it as humanely as possible.

Comment from Gail
Hi Dr. Pol: Is your son going to assist you this year? His reactions are comical to say the least!

Yes. Charles will be in the new show too. We have a very good relationship together. We like to poke fun at each other. He is not a hands on man. He’s the artistic type, which is why he’s not a veterinarian. I never pushed my kids to become vets. They should do what they want to do. It’s amazing what he’s picked up through the years running around with me anyhow.

Comment from Trudi Wright
Do you have any suggestions on how to get a great dane pup to stop chewing everything… we give her rawhide bones.. and she till trashes the carpet.. shoes… you name it…

I have a Great Dane. The problem is that the dog is bored and is trying to find out what everything is made of. And the only way they can do that is by chewing. Take the dog out for jogs, walks. Get the dog tired. So that when she is home, she sleeps! We have those dogs at home, and when they chew they cause a lot of damage. So she wants to find out what everything is made of but she will stop chewing eventually. Mental stimulation is key. Make her do tricks, make her tired. So when you’re not home, they sleep!

Comment from Ali
hi! I’m am an aspiring vet myself, and I’m a junior in high school, so with college fast approaching, I was wondering if there is anything you recommend I do to prepare myself for the program? Do I need to have an experiences with large animals or anything? Do you know what colleges like to see on applications when applying for pre-vet?
It might’ve changed a lot since I was in school…But start shadowing with veterinarians. Large animal vets are easier to shadow than small animals. Find someone who will let him be around and let him experience as much as possible before he goes to vet school.

Comment from Dr.Pol Fan
Can you compare a prescrotal castration technique with the conventional bilateral scrotal incision technique?

In our clinic, we do the pre scrotal incision, not through the scrotum itself. It heals up a lot better. This is for dogs and cats (dogs basically). Horses, it makes no difference what technique you use. For them, you cut everything off!

Comment from James
Is there a Dr. Pol full-length feature in the works?

I doubt it. I am not going to be a movie star. I like not having to learn my lines, thank goodness. In my show, what you get is what you see (not the other way around). With the crew that’s here, there is no double takes – they have to get the shot the first time. I appreciate it, but no. I will act up in front of the camera, but not act.

Comment from Huron Area Fan
How many years were you in practice?

Hate to say it. I’d like to invoke the 5th Amendment. But 42 years

Comment from April
Dr. Pol, Greetings from South Carolina! I love your show! Just wondering what is the most dangerous situation you have been in working with large animals?

The one time I had to TB test a bull and he was very mean, but I had to get in the pen with him and the people was holding onto the bull by a chain through the nose. But he couldn’t hold on. So I got over the gate faster than I ever thought I could! If you have a dairy herd and have bulls in the herd, those are the most dangerous animals. I am a stranger, I work with the female cows, and I smell like blood. So I have three strikes against me in those situations.

Comment from Dana
How do you manage the high demand of being a vet, and the demand of being a husband, father? Do you ever feel you have to choose one over the other?

No. Diana has been working with me for over 30 years in the practice. We’ve always been together. The kids went with me on the road, all three of them. If they didn’t want to, that’s fine. But we always managed to get to the high school games and all that stuff. Sometimes it meant having quick suppers, but we made it work. The kids couldn’t get away with anything because I could turn up at home whenever I wanted to!

Comment from Vicky
What a great show. I just wish that it had more episodes. Keep up the great work. I do enjoy the fact you don’t beat around the bush you tell it like it is. Just wish more vets were like that.

When I was on the farm, I wanted to know what was wrong, and what to do. And this is what I’ve done with all my clients. I want them to understand what is wrong with their animal, so they understand why I do what I do. Sometimes you have to be a little blunt, because it is the easiest way to get across. It is no use to use complex terms that people don’t understand. My main concern is for the client to understand what is wrong with their animal.

Comment from Sybrand (Klaasjes zoon)
Can you tell us what is the most interesting thing we’re going to see this season?

Depends on the person watching. I hope there are lots of interesting things. I haven’t seen all the episodes yet. There are a couple times when we pull a live calf. That to me is always the most rewarding thing of my job. To be able to keep the calf alive after it was a hard delivery. And there are a couple of them in there. I hope people realize that sometimes it’s not easy to do all that, but it’s well worth it.

Comment from Guest
Being a vet, do you find it more difficult to treat and diagnose your own pets?

No. When i was just starting out as a veterinarian, it was a little harder. I had to spay my own cat. But right now, no. It makes no difference. I spay my own dogs.

Thank you for all the questions. Sorry we couldn’t get to every single one. I hope everybody will enjoy the show just like last year!

 

Comments

  1. stevani
    Nigeria
    August 31, 2012, 5:09 pm

    Doctor pol does he mean that is only when someone stay with animal in the farm it is then it can develop interest or passion on them or it doesn’t mean that?

  2. Abigail
    PA
    September 1, 2012, 9:38 pm

    Dr. Pol, I have watched your show often and would enjoy being a vet. Do you guys have any tips for me? I love animals and I am not grossed out easily. I would like to talk more on the subject. E-mail me if you can thanks! ~ Abigail M.

  3. RKeegan
    September 2, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Dr Pol, You show more respect for the animals than you do for your son. Shoving food into his face is not right. May be time to stop that kind of behavior toward him.

  4. Emily Tirrell
    Vernon, CT
    September 3, 2012, 9:02 pm

    Dear Dr. Pol, I just discovered your show and can’t get enough of it. I am envious of the fact that you found your passion in your life and that you excel in that passion. Your marriage and working relationship with Diana as well as your relationship with Charles is inspiring. In a world obsessed with money and material objects it is wonderful to see a hard working honest man who truly loves what he does and provides a great service to both animals and humans. Thank you for providing hope in the human race. I wish you and your family continued happiness and success!!!

  5. Pat
    Congers, Rockland County, new York
    September 4, 2012, 1:15 pm

    My husband & I just rescued a beautiful brown lab. He is about 1year old, maybe 6 mo older. He is chewing Everything….shoes, socks, clean laundry. He even chewed his collar off! We have given him lots of toys which he destroys immediately. He also gets lots of snacks to chew on. He iis a wonderful do.g, very affectionate & playful. We’ve only had him for about 2 weeks but our wardrobe is beginning to shrink. Any advice would be greatly appreciated… Thanks

  6. Joyce B
    Macomb, Michigan
    September 9, 2012, 11:30 am

    My bunny developed a severe case of head tilt this past May, the vet treated him with anti-biotics with the assumption it was caused by an ear infection. The bunny got better immediately but kept going down hill after a few weeks. I didn’t want him to suffer so I decided to put him down. When I brought him in, my vets office said they used the heartstick method. I was upset during this time and did not think to ask what that involved. I wanted to be there when this procedure was done but the vet would not allow it and said it was done in the operating room and was an “aggressive procedure.” After it was done I read on the internet that this was an inhumane procedure and if must be done, the animal should be administered anesthesia. I found out afterwards he was not given any anesthesia!. Is this the best way to euthanize a bunny? I am still heartbroken over the loss and did not want my bunny of 7 years to die painfully in his final moment. Please email me!

  7. Grace
    Riley,Mi. 48041
    September 24, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Dr.Pol my cat has a scab on her ear that I have been self medicating all summer with several different things. Nothing clears it up and I can’t walk afford to take her to the vet. I think it is parasites. What can I use?

  8. jane
    G.A.
    September 29, 2012, 2:35 pm

    HELLO DR.POL, OF COURSE I AM A FAN OTHERWISE I WOULD NOT BE HERE, THIS IS NOT A QUESTION BUT A THOUGHT,WHAT YOU DO, IS WHAT I SHOULD HAVE DONE OUT THERE IN THE FARMS AND FIELDS,HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE BRITISH VET JAMES HARRIOT HE WAS LIKE YOU ARE NOW THE OLD WAY PULLING OUT THE CALF’S WITH CHAINS, CHECK JAMES HARRIOT OUT YOU WILL LOVE HIM. WATCHING YOU.

  9. jane
    G.A
    September 30, 2012, 12:15 pm

    hello dr.pol, I have a cocker spaniel, he is 9. and has cushings disease, he has been on 3.mils.melotone, and flax seed hull,for the past two years, is there anything else that can be done to help his hair growth and stop the itching and scaps, he has all the classical symptoms, saggy belly, and hair lose. thank you, hope to hear from you.

  10. Livi Grace
    harrisburg IL, 62946
    September 30, 2012, 10:19 pm

    Dr. Pol,
    im a huge fan. i love your show, your my inspiration! im wanting to go to vet school and specialize in large animals. im curious to know what vet school you went to and if it was a difficult process?

  11. Jan Albert Pol
    Langley-British Columbia Canada
    October 1, 2012, 4:41 pm

    I sure like to know more about your family line. Some of my family moved to the States in the forties and fifties. I know we have family in the eastern States. Is it just a coincidence that I was named Jan Pol, born Oct. 24 1934 in Groningen Holland? Love to hear from you and I like your show. Regards, Jan Pol

  12. Pattie Eckles
    New Castle,PA
    October 6, 2012, 3:12 pm

    Dr.Pol,Love love love your show.Hope you are on a very long time.I’m curious,to me you have an accent.Would you .Also,you have one magnificent home,Being that everyone likes to target shoot,how far out in the country are you? I have a million questions,,,please write a blog! (in your spare time,of course) Thanks for the show

  13. Jann
    Salt Lake City, Ut.
    October 6, 2012, 10:45 pm

    Dear Dr. Pol, I love you and your show. I love how compassionate you are toward the animals and their owners. I would love to take a road trip out to meet you and talk to you. I could never be a vet- way too tender hearted. Even trying to help the animals sometimes you have to hurt them. I’ve always had animals, horses, dogs, cats and even hamsters. They have
    all passed on now but still in my heart. Bless you for your work
    and love of your family and the animals- large or small. Love your home and the land it sits on. God bless you.

  14. Jann
    Salt Lake City, Ut.
    October 6, 2012, 10:49 pm

    Dear Dr. Pol, I love you and your show. I love how compassionate you are toward the animals and their owners. I would love to take a road trip out to meet you and talk to you. I could never be a vet- way too tender hearted. Even trying to help the animals sometimes you have to hurt them. I’ve always had animals, horses, dogs, cats and even hamsters. They have
    all passed on now but still in my heart. Bless you

    for your work.

    and love of your family and the animals- large or small. Love your home and the land it sits on. God bless you.

  15. Susan
    Lake City, FL
    October 8, 2012, 1:47 pm

    when will the new series start? How many children does Dr.
    Pol & Diane have?

  16. lorena
    L.A
    October 10, 2012, 12:31 am

    We love you in L.A. I wish we had you here. I have been to three vets and not one of them can tell me what’s wrong with my dog unless I do very expensive testing for him and then they say that it might not be the problem. I know if you saw him you would know. Thank you for a great family show keep doing a great job and I will keep looking for a remedy for Kiba.

  17. Fran
    Lysander, NY
    October 13, 2012, 10:40 am

    I love this show. He is a real vet with no pretenses. Does a great job of showing sometimes the right decision is the hardest. I’ll keep watching as long as you are on TV.

  18. Maddie longridge
    sw florida
    October 13, 2012, 8:23 pm

    Hi Dr. Pol,
    My name is maddie and I love your show! I’m 12 years old and originally from Canton Michigan, I moved when I was 5. When I grow up, I want to be just like you. I LOVE animals. And you have inspiered me to be just what you are! Please commit back it would mean so much to me!

  19. Betty
    Oreland, PA
    October 19, 2012, 4:58 pm

    I have enjoyed your show since I first discovered it. Your skill as a vet comes through along with your attitude toward the animals and their owners in such a warm and entertaining way. I look forward to seeing each new episode and hope it will be able to continue for years. It is never boring. Thank you.

  20. Stacy and John Pinola
    Cakifornia
    October 20, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Hi Dr. Pol,

    We love you and your show. Being from farm and ranch families we know what you experience on a daily basis. Don’t let one incident spoil your life or profession. We support you 100%. Hopefully the show will go on.

  21. Nicole stoner
    fort hood texas
    October 24, 2012, 10:47 am

    Dear Dr. Pol

    I just want to thank you for doing what u do. Your profession is not a easy one at times. I’m a Army spouse stay at home mother. I love your show. I use to want to become a vet when I was a little girl. I never pushed to make that dream as I aged. But after NOW after finding and watching your show as a HUGE fan you have given me inspiration to go back to school tobecome a vet tech. I just would like to say THANK YOU

  22. Cindy
    Alabama
    October 25, 2012, 2:52 pm

    Dr. Pol,
    Love your show. It’s refreshing to see a Vet practice using good old common sense and proven techniques. I have read a lot of negative comments regarding your “old school” ways, but to be quite honest, I think the real crime is in the “new school” practices that have put Vet care for the average person financially out of reach. Yes, there have been great strides made and new amazing equipment has become available, but if you have to sell your soul to get the care it’s hardly an advantage. I have seen where you have waived fees in cases where Vet care would do no good, instead of preform pricey testing and useless treatment just to follow the current protocol. I say Hurray! for the “old school” and your practical, sensible and most importantly fairly priced Vet. care for our pets!

  23. Pattie Eckles
    New Castle,PA
    October 28, 2012, 11:53 am

    It’s the end of October & you aren’t on.When will you be back? Very soon I hope.Love everything about your show! HURRY!

  24. Darla Richerson
    Arlington, TX
    November 3, 2012, 6:16 pm

    Dr. Pol,
    I am a fan along with many others.
    My family and I were wondering where you got your education and how you ended up here in the USA. We are all the better that you are with us! Thank you’

  25. Sharon
    Franklin, Tn
    November 8, 2012, 10:55 pm

    Fantastic Show!!! Great mix of passion for the animals, Dr Pols’ amazing agility and strength and such good humor mixed in.Wonderful entertainment and I hope it will be on for many seasons. You go Nat Geo!!! Sharon

  26. Albert Zwiers
    Dalen-Drenthe-Holland
    November 9, 2012, 10:01 am

    Beste meneer Pol,
    Met veel interesse heb ik de artikelen over uw werkzaamheden als dierenarts gelezen. Het was erg boeiend om u onlangs te mogen ontmoeten in de molen Jan Pol te Dalen. U heeft toen foto’s gemaakt. In de Nieuwsbrief van Aold Daol’n wil men aandacht besteden aan uw bezoek. Is het mogelijk dat u enkele foto’s stuurt per e-mail? Alvast hartelijk dank.
    Met de vriendelijke groeten aan u en uw familie,
    Albert Zwiers.

  27. francisco yanez
    saludos y preguntas
    November 11, 2012, 12:57 pm

    hi dr pol like this, I’m a student of veterinary medicine in Venezuela, follow their programs by National Geographic, I practice field every day and is an inspiration to my studies, I would like to know if you have an email address to follow (site wep more personalized), ,
    I have practice in the veterinary field, and each program is work you performed in our everyday practices so greetings to all veterinary students in Venezuela of Ezequiel Zamora National University (UNELLEZ)

  28. shirl
    Tennessee
    November 14, 2012, 9:44 pm

    Dr. Pol..I love, love your tv show and YOU and your family and the workers in your practice. I am a retired RN and worked in surgery for years. Now I would love to work for you and wish I could spend a week working with you!! It makes me wish I had become a Vet! I love animals, I think I have used the word “love” more times in this comment than normal!!

  29. Jeff Long
    Duncansville, PA
    November 17, 2012, 1:24 am

    Any chance a 15 year old aspiring large animal vet could plan a visit to your practice? We are planning our summer vacation and my daughter said meeting you would be the most amazing vacation possible. She never misses your show. At this point I am telling her nothing about this contact just in case we are not able to have an appointment to visit. Either way, thanks for the influence you have on my daughter’s future aspirations.

  30. yvonne
    Florida
    November 19, 2012, 7:17 pm

    Raccoons in the is dangerous. What do you think

  31. firozkhan
    india
    November 26, 2012, 2:58 pm

    first i want to tale to all n.g.c team thanks that i like ur program.animals,coulture,war,all related program.i want to work with u.how i can join the chennel.please guide me.thanks

  32. Vanna
    Hillsborough, NC
    December 16, 2012, 8:10 am

    Hey Dr. Pol, I have a pit bull dog and she is allergic to so much stuff that she is on special food and allergy shots. Still scratches and chews. I feel so bad for her, is there something else that I could do for her?

  33. Toyanne Stone
    Tacoma, WA
    December 25, 2012, 6:29 pm

    Hi, love your show. What is the name of the big black dog that dr. Pol gives five to?

  34. Brigitte
    Texas
    December 27, 2012, 12:51 am

    I have really enjoyed watching your show. Everytime I see a ‘farm call’ on your program, it takes me back to when I was a little girl living on my grandmother’s farm. Medicine for the animals was no non-sense, life and death were everyday parts of life and pulling a live calf was just about the best thing ever (except for playing with the baby bunnies). Please pay no mind to your detractors. I highly doubt that any of them know what the realities of farm life are. Hell, I can still remember enabling the castration of the males from a litter of kittens by rolling them up in a rug and shoving them head first into a rubber boot. We didn’t have any unwanted kittens after that, the males stayed around to do their job of vermin control and they were no worse for the wear. Thanks for your no-nonsense approach. I wish the world had more people like that.

  35. Amy and Tom
    Maryland
    December 27, 2012, 7:21 pm

    Dr. P.
    We love your show! I grew up on a farm and I have a neice that is very interested in becoming a vet! Please keep up the show!
    A.

  36. Grace
    Kansas
    December 27, 2012, 8:21 pm

    I’m in middle school and I love horses. I go to a stable twice a week. I’ve wanted to be a vet since I was a little kid. When one of the older girls left to go to school to be an equine vet, in knew that’s what I wanted to be. I know that I need to shadow a vet, but what classes do I need to take?

  37. Jean Roberts RN
    Sam Houston National Forest, North of Houston
    December 27, 2012, 9:58 pm

    I love your show. I have had and still have many animals on my
    small farm. I admire you greatly. I have cows now and many pregnant ones. I tame them so that when my husband and I have to work with them they are not afraid of us. I am especially interested in helping a cow deliver a stuck calf. Any specific advise on this especially what not to do. Thank you I will be watching closely. An avid admirer.

  38. Randy
    Nevada
    January 5, 2013, 9:28 pm

    Since you are from Central Michigan Dr. Pol. Do you believe in Sasquatch/Bigfoot and do you hear a lot of stories from your customers from this area of Michigan?

  39. Twylla Ingram
    Camargo, Illinois
    January 7, 2013, 1:02 am

    I’ve had a liil chihuahua for 14 yrs. She’s a 1 person dog, and loves me like no other. She’s getting old and is starting to lose her vision, and she has some knee problems, but so far she isn’t suffering. She has outlived her vet. Of course he was over 83 yrs old. I promised her I will never let her suffer. If she gets some disease, or starts having pain, I can see humanely putting asleep while she sits on my lap..her favorite place to be. Of course, I will probably be a mess myself, but for crying out loud, she’s a dog!!
    I love the way you understand animals aren’t like humans. You just seem so logical. Thanks for entertaining me and lil Patty dog. We sure love to watch your show.

  40. Roberta Fahr
    United States
    January 12, 2013, 8:52 pm

    Is his son married? If not, I know the perfect match for him!

  41. Issabella
    West Branch, Mi
    January 13, 2013, 5:38 pm

    I am 9 and love your show. We live on a farm north of you and would love to meet you. Try to get my dad to hire you. He says you are to far away. I wanted to be a large animal vet since I could walk. Love the show keep up the good work.

  42. dawn burnham
    porter maine
    January 13, 2013, 7:28 pm

    our cow went down in July 2012 we put her in with a bull and he knock her down we had to turn her from every day so her legs wouldn’t go to sleep my parents made a sling to bring her in the air and on the 7th day we got her to stand she even had a baby calf that was a month old my question is we tried having her artificially bred in Oct and Dec 2012 and she still isn’t taking we have gotten 2calves prior to her going down when she was down she wasn’t showing pain she ate drank like before she went down please help us with our favorite cow

  43. Michel van kruchten
    Netherlands
    January 23, 2013, 5:06 am

    Hallo dr pol, wou alleen even zeggen dat u het goed doet! Kijk graag naar de show. Succes verder en de groeten uit Nederland!!

  44. Mark Bolton
    USA
    January 27, 2013, 2:57 pm

    It seems to me that Dr. Pol is a good veterinarian. Due to the fact that many veterinarians have been found guilty of some type of infraction or another, in the State of Michigan. He goes out of his way to do the above and beyond. And, by the way, I doubt any vet hasn’t been warned by this state. I love watching Dr. Pol, and will watch him on t.v. as long as he and his practice are on t.v. As a United States of American citizen, I get to watch whatever I want to, and do whatever I want to that won’t break my countries laws. Dr. Jan Pol, I think all and all, is still a good veterinarian.

  45. Brianna
    January 29, 2013, 10:42 pm

    I want to know what kind of soap does he use. He is always shoulder deep in a cows butt, clipping some horses balls off, touching eye gunk, or squeezing puss out of a wound, WITH HIS BARE HANDS. I like watching this guy, but I don’t get how he doesn’t use gloves. Ugh, LOL

  46. Carol
    New Jersey
    February 6, 2013, 7:35 pm

    Why don’t you use gloves.
    a mask, Is everything sterilized as needed.

    why don’t you dress like suppoedly they said you should.
    I love your show.
    I feel you just have too many clients and that you have
    to work with what you have.
    Are you critized for your old methods.
    DO a lot of your clients pets get infections when you
    are performing surgery outside.

    I like you clear up some things.
    I don’t like some of the comments that others gave
    you.

    thank you
    carol
    a fan

  47. susan
    pennsylvania
    February 8, 2013, 5:12 pm

    was dr. pol’s son, charles, ever in a movie with freddie printz jr.? love dr. pol’s show

  48. susan
    pennsylvania
    February 8, 2013, 5:14 pm

    my husband and i watch dr. pol as much as we can—love the show and all the people

  49. Carol
    East Texas
    February 16, 2013, 9:16 pm

    I just have to say you are my hero. I love the show. I am enjoying it a great deal. I learn a lot. My grandpa was Dutch. He was short and stocky. He knew a little of everything. You bring back wonderful memories. Thank you so much for sharing your life and wit and humor and endless knowledge with me. You’re the best!!

  50. Ken
    ontario,Canada
    February 23, 2013, 9:11 pm

    I have been watching your show.You have a great show .Depicts the true reality of what a vet goes through every day.I farm here in ontario and I feel you do a great job with your clients.Keep up the good work.

  51. Holland Sargis
    California
    February 26, 2013, 12:01 am

    My dog has lost some of her fur on both of her paws and her skin is red and a little scaly I don’t know what is wrong with and I don’t know what I should do
    Can u please tell me what to do so I could go get something to help her
    If you need to know she is a lab

  52. Donna
    Hurley, New Mexico
    March 3, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Dr. Pol,
    Desperately looking for answers for a poor horse that doesn’t seem to get better. He has had the runs for a month. He previously had a sand colic. When we got this horse he was starved because the owner did not have the means to feed him so asked us to take him over. He is a thoroughbred. He has lost a lot of weight. To begin with he has always had trouble keeping weight on but now it has gotten to be a severe problem. We have tried deworming on regular basis, probiotics, and antibioics from the vet. Nothing has helped him. He is about 15yrs old. What do you suggest or can you point us in a direction to help this horse.

  53. Mary D. Smith
    Toledo, Ohio
    March 4, 2013, 12:52 am

    I love you, your show, and all of your family. I wish I could meet you. My husband and I look forward to your show every week. Best wishes

  54. Barbara & Pete Winbourne
    Memphis, TN
    March 7, 2013, 12:50 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXKDu6cdXLI

    Be sure and watch this blog. One of our favorites and your show is OUR very favorite B & P. Winbourne

  55. Maka Burich
    Jeddo, MI
    March 14, 2013, 9:57 pm

    Hi Dr Pol,
    My husband and I love your show. I have a question. We have a 10 month old black lab that just loves to fetch and retrieve. He recently started limping on his front left paw and his pad appears swollen. We have been giving him aspirin to help with the pain. I was wondering if there is anything we can apply to the pad of his left paw. Thank you, Maka

  56. Karina and family
    New York
    March 16, 2013, 8:38 pm

    We love you show ,we watch every saturday my daughters like it everything . My old daughter is 10 and little is 8. One day we will meet you. God bless you and u family.

  57. Jan Schaaphok
    Krimpen aan den IJssel-The netherlands
    March 21, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Dear Dr.Pol,
    It’s very interesting to me to know if you are witch your Dutch roots related on The family Pol who lived in the years 1947-1950 in Groningen, Tuinbouwstraat.JanPol from that address was a schoolfriend of mine at high school.He also lived later on int he U.S.A. and in the meantime he passed away as far as I knowI should like it very much to hear about
    Yours sincerely,

    Jan Schaaphok
    Mail:jw.schaaphok @ hccnet.nl
    adsl605320@12move.nl
    mail0611348821@vodafone.nl

  58. Anne K. Portell
    Mesa, Arizona
    March 26, 2013, 12:55 pm

    One day while while searching for something new to watch, I came across your show. it isn’t the type of show I usually pick,but something kept my interest. Then I found out you were from Michigan – me too. Then you had the show with your family visiting from the Netherlands. I also am of Dutch ancestry. I’d like to know where you were from. And my sincere sympathy on the loss of your sister-in-law. She reminded me of many of my long passed family. I will be watching this new season. God Bless You.

  59. Judy Hubbard
    Kansas
    April 9, 2013, 9:22 pm

    Why are they already showing reruns when the new season just started. Are you going to have more “new” shows?

  60. Kya Farag
    Nampa,Idaho
    April 13, 2013, 10:36 am

    Dear Dr.Pol,
    Please come to Idaho we have like a billion farms and farms mean farm animals. So one day can you take a business trip to
    the great state of Idaho?

  61. Alida Christie
    Canada
    April 14, 2013, 3:05 pm

    I just finished watching the episode where the owner of an elderly black dog requested the dog be down because it bit the granddaughter . I am outraged that Dr.Pol agreed with the decision!! Could he not even recommend an alternative to the euthanasia? Shame on you! And to have the actual euthanasia shown on T.V. It disturbed me greatly!! To witness the dog trustingly following you all to the so called “slaughterhouse” wagging its tail. That disgusting, horrifying scene upset me immensely and I’m afraid will stay with me for a long time.

  62. Kathy
    North Carolina
    April 15, 2013, 7:54 am

    Dr. Pol,

    What breed of dog is the little dog seen at the beginning of each of your programs? He is so cute.

  63. Karin Hesen
    Grubbenvorst Nederland
    May 17, 2013, 2:38 pm

    Dr Pol,
    Ik kijk elke week uit naar Uw avonturen met de dieren, groot en klein, geweldig te zien, met hoeveel passie en humor U Uw werk doet.
    Ook Uw vrouw, zoon en collega horen bij het team,
    en zijn super goed.
    Hopelijk kunnen we nog vaak naar jullie werk kijken, vanuit Nederland wensen we jullie veel geluk, en gezondheid.

    Groetjes Karin Hesen

  64. Karen
    June 16, 2013, 5:59 pm

    I just saw an episode where a man had his dog put down because it bit his grandchild. If he had mentioned that when he looked into his dog’s eyes and saw his suffering, I would agree. But if the only reason he had his dog put down was because it bit his grandchild, I think the better solution would have been to TEACH the child not to touch the dog! Children need to be taught how to respect animals. We need to be responsible for that lesson.

  65. viswanath
    India
    July 23, 2013, 10:52 pm

    We love you show ,we watch every saturday my daughters like it everything I have a golden retriever puppy & we gave vaccination to this puppy at home.I want to know
    What are the vaccination schedule in young puppy like
    1.Puppy Dp
    2.Corona Distemper
    3.Rabies.
    My puppy is almost 2 month old can we take for bath. Is brushing daily requires for little puppy.
    We are wait for your valuable suggestions & guidance

  66. Saba Khan
    faizabad, India
    August 17, 2013, 3:37 am

    Hello Dr. I’m such a big fan of yours. You are doing a great and a nobel job. Our whole family love ur show and I have learnt so many things from it. It has helped me alot as we have a couple of animals in our house. Like cows goats hens parrots and dogs. We have a 18months old great dane who has been suffering from maggots problem since 3 months. The vet has treated it so many times but it occurs again and again. Now I hv started treating him. I’ve been cleaning up the wound with betadine and used medical turpentine oil used for animals for killing the maggots. It has helped alot have also given him antibiotic shots. Plz help me and my dog. I dont want to lose him. I’ve cared for him like my baby. My son’s only 6 months younger to him and he is very much attached to him. I really need your help. Thank you.

  67. JEAN
    tomball tx
    September 8, 2013, 12:16 pm

    WE HAD OUR GRANDAUGHTERS OVER TO SPEND THE
    NIGHT LAST NIGHT (9/7/13). MY HUSBAND AND I TRY
    OUR BEST TO SCREEN EVERYTHING THAT THEY WATCH FOR LANGUAGE AND CONTENT WHEN THEY ARE WITH US AS THEIR PARENTS ARE VERY PARTICULAR AND DISCRIMANATORY ABOUT WHAT
    THEY SEE ON TV. FEELING TOTALLY COMFORTABLE
    AND ANTICIPATING THE “NEW” EPISODE THAT WAS
    COMING ON WE SETTLED DOWN TO WATCH. I MUST
    SAY I WAS SHOCKED AND EMBARRASSED WHEN CHARLES NOT ONCE BUT SEVERAL TIMES CURSED
    AND USED LANGUAGE THAT WAS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR A 6 AND 10 YR OLD TO HEAR. WHY WAS IT NOT
    BLEEPED? YOU BLEEPED OTHER COMMENTS IN THE
    SAME EPISODE. I AM NOT A PRUDE BUT IF THIS CONTINUES WE WILL NOT BE WATCHING INCREDIBLE DR. POL IN THE FUTURE. HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR
    YOUR FANS AND THEIR PARENTS. THAT KIND OF BEHAVIOR IS SO COMMON THESE DAYS IN ALL MEDIUMS. WHAT A SHAME TO TAKE AN OTHERWISE
    CHARMING AND EDUCATIONAL TV SHOW AND RUIN IT! TAKING GOD’S NAME IN VAIN WAS UNFORGIVABLE.
    PLEASE RETHINK WHAT PATH YOU INTEND TO FOLLOW FOR THE FUTURE.

  68. Sarah
    wyoming
    September 9, 2013, 12:26 pm

    I just had my first litter of St. Bernard puppies, 12 surviving. they are one month old, walking, and playing, except one. He is really lethargic, not wanting to eat or drink. I hope you can get back to me soon. In case it might be provo, do you have any home remedies I could try that you know work? The Dame, Penny, is past due on her shots because of the pregnancy, so i don’t think the pups are protected by nursing. please wright back soon.

  69. Donna
    wyoming
    September 10, 2013, 3:35 pm

    We are fans of your show and wish there were more of you and your family on the television. I love the happy attitude you have. We wish you and yours well. Don’t let the negativity of others affect you. Keep Happy! and smiling.

  70. Brenda Hill
    Aquasco,Md. P,G County
    September 11, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Dr. Pol my family and I love to watch your show. I was wanting to know if you can tell me the best kind of treat to give my toy poodle when he has done good. and what type and brand of dog food you would recommend should the food be soft or hard and are raw hide bad for dogs.

  71. Lorelei Umberger
    Wytheville, Virginia
    September 15, 2013, 8:31 pm

    Dear Dr. Pol, I would like to know what treatment would you use to treat hairy warts? We have about 20 dairy cows with it. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Lorelei

  72. Margaret W.
    Green Bay, Wisconsin
    September 21, 2013, 9:45 pm

    I am curious as to why I don’t see you or Dr. Brenda wearing surgical masks, regardless of the procedure. Is that because animals do not have the same reactions to the bacteria humans do?

    I love the passion you have for all animals. It is heart warming to watch.

  73. CJ
    Gresham, OR
    September 27, 2013, 10:07 pm

    Do you ever give medical advice via email? I respect your honest and direct way of getting things done. If you don’t I would lily to at least say congrats on the show, I hope you ask are enjoying it.
    Seems like every time we make a trip to our vet they want to do surgery or put our pet under for an exam.
    My Iggy had her teeth pulled, cuz he said they were all bad. Now 4 days later she has a firm mass under her neck. He wants to put her under again to get a better look at it, and possible lance it. She is 13 so i’m a little cautious with everythint

  74. Kathy pilkington
    Davie, florida
    October 19, 2013, 10:07 am

    I have a question my four year old paint gelding has a sore on his right front leg on the side of his knee it has proud flesh what can I use to treat it ? Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you

  75. Olwen
    Harare Zimbabwe
    October 20, 2013, 2:29 pm

    Hi dr Pol. Im emailing all the way from zimbabwe, africa. I own a miniature schnauzer. Male. I need your help… He has been straining, constipated. He vomited bile. Was shivering, panting heavily, and he was very restless. Took him to the vet 4 days ago. They took x rays said he had enlarged, swollen prostrate and anal glands. Hardened ball like faeces in his collon. They neutered him 2 days ago and he is still straining, not passing a stool. Very restless, shivering. Only ate a tablespoon of canned dog food. They have been giving him enimas and also orally liquid paraffin- oil like substance. To no avail. What can i do? am so worried, am desperate, love my dog, have had him for 9 years. What more can my vet do?

  76. Dee
    Missouri
    October 31, 2013, 2:38 pm

    Love your show and cheerful attitude. As to the haters out there…ultimately as a pet owner— an animals health and well being is your responsibility. If you have concerns get a second opinion. Dr. Pol is a vet…not a God.

  77. Melissa
    Columbus, OH
    November 21, 2013, 4:45 pm

    I recently saw a picture where Charles was being led by hand to his pre approved interview space. So I wanted to ask if Charles has a medical condition?

  78. Bella and Grant
    Winnipeg, Canada
    January 5, 7:36 pm

    Fantastic show, definitely old school vet , we love the whole show. Really wish Dr. Pol lived here. If you every want to come for a vacation let us know. Charles is a hoot to , what can go wrong will go wrong. Dr. Pol ‘s wife is funny too, how she puts up with those two. Why is Charles not married, he would make a good vet too Thank you keep up the great show!

  79. linda
    staten island ny 10308
    January 7, 12:33 pm

    I was watching an eposoide of a hurt dog, and the owners didn’t have enough money to pay for the care, and to my surprise dr. Pol turned down taking care of the animal, I was in shock or thought I was watching some other show. Because I don’t know dr pol to be this way, let me clear this up it wasn’t Dr. Pol himself who turned the person down it was his staff members I felt so bad for those people I don’t know the good Dr to be that way, I’m not saying to give away cost of care but there are situation that calls for it other wise I love the show

  80. Jill Castagna
    port Charlotte, Fl
    January 8, 4:16 pm

    We love this show. Dr. Pl is a good person to look up to. Hard working dedicated to the treatment of Animals Big and Small. What happened to his Son’s Girl friend?? They seemed so good together. What happened to the other Vet?
    I read all the snyde commnts about Dr. Pols’ supposed medic mistakes. We do Not see all that does on. None of the “real life” programs show verything. And, all mediation that has to be mixed off site, is oneby another Pharmacy tech. Lets give the goodole Dr. Break!!

  81. Diane Watkins
    South Carolina
    January 16, 11:12 pm

    We have had about 6 cows go down & not be able to get up in the past few months. Some are suggesting a vitamin or mineral deficiency. We have tried thiamine & mineral injections & supplements to no avail. We would desperately appreciate your opinion. We gave one cow which was about 300 lbs. a thiamine injection & it got up but went back down after 2 days. Please help!

  82. Diane Watkins
    South Carolina
    January 16, 11:14 pm

    P.S. no black leg symptoms!

  83. Kathleen senical
    Syracuse NY
    February 1, 10:25 pm

    I have a hat the has sezuries every once in a while .they dont last all but 20 seconds or so but then she is totally fine should I be worried.would love to hear your imput.thanks so much I think your amazing!!!

  84. khris
    s.w.h. maine
    February 11, 5:09 pm

    love to make you and family welcome here for well earned vacation…plenty of ocean and nat’l park to enjoy!!

  85. Jen Farrar
    Tulsa,Ok
    February 16, 11:13 am

    Dr Pol. Love love your show !!! Wish my English Bulldog could be your patient :) We are having a problem with her with extreme shedding !! She’s around 2 years old .. Don’t have much medical history as we adopted her from shelter .. Any advice would be greatly appreciated .

    Thanks
    Jen Farrar

  86. Lily
    FL
    February 16, 12:30 pm

    I love your show and your job. I want to be a vet just like you and i live on a farm myself. I love all the animals and i was wondering what made you want to be a vet?

  87. joyce lanyon
    south
    March 1, 10:09 pm

    Why don’t ya’ll sedate those poor goats when you de-horn them? It’s accepted practice to sedate them and it is obvious the local anesthesia does not work and they are in agony. I have learned a lot from watching the show!!

  88. Sue Hall
    Cottonwood, CA
    March 16, 6:43 pm

    I love the show and the great “characters” on it. You’re all a lot like our family and friends, lots of laughs. Is there a way to email the cast members? I’ve just spent 2 hours trying to find a way.
    Thanks and keep up the good work on and off screen.

  89. Carol McNeil
    Mt. Pleasant, Texas
    March 19, 11:57 am

    Hello Dr. Pol. I really enjoy your show. It not only is entertaining but is also educational. I have many animals and watching your show benefits me greatly. I especially like the episode of the Umbrella Cockatoo that had no feathers. I have one of those birds and she has the same problem. Would you share what vitamin you prescribed. Thanks a lot and God bless.

  90. Ruth
    MoonTwp.,Pa.
    March 22, 12:53 pm

    How many children does Dr.Pol have?