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The Incredible Dr. Pol: Pet or Pest?

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Dr. Pol’s neighbor, Dan, has to make a tough decision about his ornery old dog.

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Sandi Ryan
Sandi Ryan

National Geographic should be ashamed to have such garbage as Dr. Pol's so called show on their network!.  I have refused to watch anything related to NG..or read etc....boycott. I make sure to tell people about this and why.........all that I have spoken too express disgust for what happen to this poor dog. DR. Pol has a Facebook and is still engaging with his FANS. As for NG directly, I agree!.

Terry Baze
Terry Baze

I see responses here that are dated February of 2013!  Why is this show repeating on television a year later?  Maybe we should turn our attention to National Geographic instead?

Phoebe Moody
Phoebe Moody

I completely AGREE with the other comment-posters here who are OUTRAGED by the UNJUSTIFIED KILLING of an obviously TRUSTING, LOYAL, and SWEET-NATURED DOG.  SHAME on NatGeo for airing such GARBAGE  .....  all in it's SELFISH attempt to garner higher viewer rating$ !!!  And as for their so-called "incredible" vet (Dr. Pol)  .....  PLEASE GO BACK TO WHEREVER YOU CAME FROM, you JERK!!! 


"A RIGHTEOUS MAN IS KNOWN BY THE WAY HE REGARDS HIS BEAST."  (PROVERBS 12:10)

Sandi Ryan
Sandi Ryan

January 2011 Issue

By Nancy Kerns

Studies Have Shown That Unsupervised Children are at Risk for Dog BitesWhy even the most trusted family pet should not be left alone with your young ones.

A new study shows that unsupervised children are most at risk for bites, and that the culprits are usually family pets. The study, by Vikram Durairaj, MD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, also found that if a dog bites once, it is likely to bite again, with the second attack often more brutal than the first.

The study looked at 537 children treated for facial dog bites at The Children’s Hospital on the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus between 2003 and 2008. Durairaj found that 68 percent of bites occurred in children 5 years old or younger with the highest incidence in 3-year-olds. In most cases, the child knew the dog through the family, a friend, or a neighbor. And more than half the time, the dog was provoked when petted too aggressively, startled, or stepped on by the child.

Durairaj found that mixed breeds were responsible for 23 percent of bites followed by Labrador Retrievers at 13.7 percent. Rottweilers launched attacks in 4.9 percent of cases, German Shepherd Dogs 4.4 percent of the time, and Golden Retrievers 3 percent. The study was done in the Denver area where pit bulls are banned.

“What is clear from our data is that virtually any breed of dog can bite,” Dr. Durairaj said. “The tendency of a dog to bite is related to heredity, early experience, later socialization and training, health, and victim behavior.”

He stressed that familiarity with a dog is no guard against attack and if a dog bites once, it will likely bite again with the second attack often more vicious that the first.

Dr. Durairaj, an associate professor of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, presented his study in October 2010 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting. He said dog bites are especially devastating to children because they are smaller and their faces are within easy reach of the animal’s mouth.

We agree with Dr. Durairaj on this point: Young children should never be left unsupervised around any dog, even for just a moment. – Nancy Kerns

Jake Hatcher
Jake Hatcher

I was there at the time my niece was bitten, she was not shown on the show. She was bitten in the face puncturing her upper pallet with another puncture wound a few centimeters from her right eye. My dog led a good life, the decision to put the dog down was in no way Dr. Pol's. I made the decision because it was MY dog, I value human life and the safety of my nieces. I'm not sorry

Becky Westfall
Becky Westfall

When I saw this I was furious and sick.  I only heard the owner say that the almost 14yo dog had bitten the child 1 time.  So this man calls it a "vicious" dog.  This WAS NOT a vicious dog.  The man & his wife were 10/12 ft away & saw the child "patting" the dog.  Could they have missed seeing the child poke, pinch, grab, etc.  the dog?   It seems  no one tried to find any other solution than to put the dog down--unbelieveable.  Someone w/out children might have been happy to give that dog a home.    I've heard many times that dogs are never, suppose to react by biting or hurting even if they have been hurt and are in pain, but that is stupid, illogical reasoning.  If someone stepped on my foot, or pounded on my head, I might lash out too.    I got sick of hearing the owner make all of his whiny, lame excuses and I think he was looking for an reason to get rid of the dog. I just hope to goodness that he & his familynever get another pet.  I saw a cat in the video and after watching it, I figure the cat better head for the barn and stay there otherwise the cat will be a gonner, too.

Dorine Stout
Dorine Stout

I was very upset with this episode and putting down a healthy active dog.  There were other options..  I have 2 older dogs who do not like children and my grandchildren are taught very early to leave those dogs alone, and give those dogs their own space when they are visiting.   Dr. Pol should have suggested other options first.  It has been 4 days since that show aired and I am still saddend by it.  I will no longer watch this show.

Sandi Ryan
Sandi Ryan

I need to correct..it was in 2010 article written in 2012. 

Longtime veterinarian and reality television star Jan Pol, DVM, is serving probation from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for negligence and incompetence related to an April 2010 incident.

William Fielding
William Fielding

Euthansia should have been the last option and not the first. This segment alienated many common sense pet owners.

Poor judgement showing happy, tail wagging dog faithfully following his master to his needless death. 

Jan Hall
Jan Hall

I too am appalled at the senseless killing of such a sweet dog last night. I so was hoping for a last reprieve for the dog.

How could natgeo show the dog rollicking in the fields and playing like a puppy one minute and putting it down the next!

I hope the owner reads all these comments and is shamed to no end. You could have separated the dog from the child when she visits or better yet taught her how to act with and elderly pet. Hope you are not ''put down'' when you are old and grouchy...

Dr pol you are just too quick with the needle I think, you could have suggested a childless home for the dog, surely you have the means and see so many people daily. I live in Georgia and I would have taken it myself.

I'm beginning to believe Dr. Kevorkian is still around in vet clothes.

As crazy as I was for the show after this I do believe I am through with Dr. Pol. As for Natgeo you did not need to show the dog playing and trusting humans and then being put to sleep. I truly feel for the parents that had to explain that to their kids( if they didn't change the channel as I did).

Marita Mingote
Marita Mingote

I too am outraged by this episode and will no longer watch Dr Pol. I created an account to specifically post my comment because i am outraged. How can a channel that has Cesar Milan on their staff watch as he killed this dog who was wagging his tail. Dr pol did not even examine the dog. He just killed it!!! There were so many other options available. As far as I am concerned the show died along with that poor defenseless dog that was murdered by Dr Pol unnecessarily. It was not euthanized, it was murdered . The video of should also be taken down! I grew up with National Geographic and am appalled that they televised this and even have a video of the poor dog on their site. Horrible. Dr pol lets his ego get in the way of his oath as a veterinarian. .

Sandi Ryan
Sandi Ryan

I am very disturbed by this show about a dog that was put down.

The reason was because it bite their granddaughter.Being involved in rescues for many years, some dogs will biteif they are in pain.I feel that this dogs real issue of why it was biting was not concidered.We had a dog at a rescue that was surrendered by the owners because it bite a family member. Why? This dog had an ear infection that was not detected by their vet. Also some dogs will bite if they have other healthissues, such as teeth. After the dog was treated there was no issue with biting ever again.This dog may have been arthritic and the child may have touched thedog in manner that caused pain. Then why was it not put on a medto control pain....?So this dog was put down because it was probably defending itself.I do believe that the most sensible way in this situation would be tohave found a new home for this dog. And looked at all health issues thatmay have been causing the biting.Also I have to say that I found that digging a grave and playing withthis dog right before putting him down was insensitive.Shame that other avenues were not looked at before ending this dogslife based on a situation that was not IMO clear at all.I am writing this out if respect for this dog and not for the owner or Dr. Pol or his staff. Shame on you all for not taking the initiative to helpthis dog. Guess the dog was too old to be bothered with.But I am 100%sure that this dog would never have abandoned his owner.

MaryAnn Pantoja
MaryAnn Pantoja

I was very disturbed tonight about the segment of the owner having to decide whether to put down his 13-14 year old petbecause it nipped or bit his grand daughter when she petted the dog.   I understand that its dangerous for any dog to bite someone.   from the info the owner aid...he was a good dog, good pet to him and his family, dog was never aggressive with other people of them at any other time..why resort to putting this family pet down?   an alternative situation may have been to look for a new home for the dog.  since the dog showed agggression to a child, maybe not a home where children are, maybe an adult or elder could have taken this dog in as a companion or pet in a house with not children.  the dog was so full of life, no medical issues, looked fun loving and playful....and to just kill this dog like that was very distubing to me.  They could have tried and took the time to relocate this dog instead of just killing it.   it brought tears to my eyes.   I love to watch the incredible Dr Pol program but i definitely did not agree with this owners decision...i was surprised that Dr Pol did not try to offer an adoption alternative instead of putting the dog down.

MaryAnn Pantoja

MaryAnn Pantoja
MaryAnn Pantoja

I was very disturbed tonight about the segment of the owner having to decide whether to put down his 13-14 year old petbecause it nipped or bit his grand daughter when she petted the dog.   I understand that its dangerous for any dog to bite someone.   from the info the owner aid...he was a good dog, good pet to him and his family, dog was never aggressive with other people of them at any other time..why resort to putting this family pet down?   an alternative situation may have been to look for a new home for the dog.  since the dog showed agggression to a child, maybe not a home where children are, maybe an adult or elder could have taken this dog in as a companion or pet in a house with not children.  the dog was so full of life, no medical issues, looked fun loving and playful....and to just kill this dog like that was very distubing to me.  They could have tried and took the time to relocate this dog instead of just killing it.   it brought tears to my eyes.   I love to watch the incredible Dr Pol program but i definitely did not agree with this owners decision...i was surprised that Dr Pol did not try to offer an adoption alternative instead of putting the dog down.

MaryAnn Pantoja

Phoebe Moody
Phoebe Moody

@Jake Hatcher WHAT are you TALKING about  ......  "she was not shown on the show"  ......  ??  LIAR!!!  There's NO DOUBT that since you can LIE about THAT  .....  you're also quite capable of lying about several OTHER things as well!  SHAME ON EVERYONE (INCLUDING NAT-GEO) THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE UNJUSTIFIABLE KILLING OF A TRUSTING, LOYAL, AND SWEET-NATURED HEALTHY PET  .....  ALL CARRIED OUT AND THEN AIRED ON TELEVISION IN A SELFISH ATTEMPT TO GARNER HIGHER VIEWER RATING$ !!!


"A RIGHTEOUS MAN IS KNOWN BY THE WAY HE REGARDS HIS BEAST." 

(PROVERBS 12:10)

Phoebe Moody
Phoebe Moody

@Jake Hatcher YOU and the other participants who are responsible for the UNJUSTIFIED KILLING of what was OBVIOUSLY a very trusting and sweet-natured dog  .....  are VERY FORTUNATE THAT I DO NOT RESIDE IN YOUR COMMUNITY!  How DARE you and that so-called "incredible" [NOT!!!] veterinarian DO such a thing!!  Equally nauseating is the fact that NatGeo airs such GARBAGE in an apparent SELFISH attempt to enhance it's viewer rating$!  I swear by everything HOLY  .....  that IF it should ever happen that I personally come face-to-face with that DISGUSTING JERK (Jan Pol)  .....  he will know MY OUTRAGE when I SPIT IN HIS UGLY FACE!!!  GO BACK to WHEREVER you CAME FROM, Pol!!!  "A righteous man is known by the way he regards his beast." (Proverbs 12:10)  Shame, shame, SHAME ON YOU, POL!!!!!