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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.
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