Clinically Wild Alaska

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Animal ER tales may be too intense for some.

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Positive Messages

The center's staff members work together to help their patients.


Family pets and wild animals have a variety of injuries and illnesses, including lacerations, blunt trauma, dehydration, and wounds from hunters' darts. Blood is common, especially during surgical scenes. Animals are also shown under sedation, and in life-threatening situations, doctors often refer to a patient's chance of dying. At least one scene shows people shooting at targets.


Rare instances of "f--k" are bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Animals are shown receiving medication orally and intravenously.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is filmed in an emergency veterinary clinic and shows both wild and domesticated animals suffering from a range of injuries and illnesses. Blood is common, and some animals are in obvious pain, so young and very sensitive viewers may be upset by the emotional content. Death is mentioned in the context of patients' chances of survival, and occasionally an animal does die. If your kids tune in, be prepared to answer lots of questions about medical terms like "anesthesia" as well as to help explain the doctors' actions.

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

This is exceptional

This is A TON better than any other vet shows. It's rather humorous and the staff are nice to each other and love the animals. One guy mentioned God once,... Continue reading

What's the story?

On any given day, the staff at the Pet Emergency Treatment center in Anchorage, Alaska, treats a variety of traumas and illnesses in their diverse veterinary patients. Whether it's pulling porcupine quills from the face of a family pet or delicately removing a dart from a drowsy wild bear, these doctors and technicians have to be prepared for anything to walk (or fly) through their doors. And when they're not on the clock, the doctors and technicians lead action-packed lives of their own, with cameras there to capture the highlights.

Is it any good?

CLINICALLY WILD ALASKA is a fine choice for those who can handle the emotions surrounding the stories, but for younger kids and sensitive viewers, some of the content may be a little too disturbing. Animals are shown in obvious physical distress from life-threatening trauma and illness, and doctors openly discuss the patients' chances of dying. Kids may also be confused by what they see when the staff administers first aid and intravenous medication and performs surgery, so be prepared to answer questions about what's going on.

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