Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Some graphic moments in veterinarian reality.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Shows the variety of animals people keep as pets and the variety of ways they're medically treated. The dangers associated with keeping certain exotic animals as pets isn't always discussed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The staff are gentle and caring to the animals and their owners. 

Violence

Surgical procedures are frequently shown; surgical blades, wounds, blood, and organs visible. The death of animals is discussed. 

Sex

Animal genitals are discussed; references are made to "balls." Neutering is shown. 

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for the Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER features lots of exotic pets, as well as treatments used to help or cure them. There are lots of graphic scenes of surgical procedures (blades, blood, and organs are visible), and the death of animals is discussed, but it's all offered within an educational context. There's some occasional crude vocab ("balls"). Younger or more squeamish viewers may find some parts difficult to watch, but there's a lot to be learned here.  

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What's the story?

DR. K'S EXOTIC ANIMAL ER is a reality series featuring Dr. Susan Kelleher, the owner and operator of an exotic animal care practice in South Florida that treats every pet except cats and dogs. From performing a delicate sinus surgery on a rabbit to performing a laser procedure on a snake, Kelleher and her staff, including intern Lauren Thielen and vet tech Kristin Runkle, work hard to ensure the wellness of almost any animal that can fit through the door. Luckily they have office manager Jeanine Busto to keep things running smoothly. As she works with her unique patients, Dr. Kelleher offers information about the different breeds of animals, their medical issues, and the surgical procedures she's performing. 

Is it any good?

From prairie dogs to raccoons, Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER showcases the range of animals that people are raising as household pets. It highlights the various medical issues these animals have, including conditions that develop as a result of living in captivity. It also shows how vet professionals must often improvise to meet individual animal's needs.  

The way the veterinarians go about working with the individuals (and their owners) is interesting. But if you're on the squeamish side, you might find the graphic scenes of difficult surgeries a little hard to watch. But animal lovers and aspiring veterinarians will learn a lot from watching and will appreciate how well these patients are cared for. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes (and doesn't make) a good pet. What are some of the dangers associated with raising animals that normally live in the wild? Do TV shows such as this one inspire people to keep exotic pets? 

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