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17 Things You Didn't Know About the Incredible Dr. Pol

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  • Dr. Pol is fluent in four languages – English, Dutch, French, and German.

  • When Dr. Pol was in veterinary school in the Netherlands, his textbooks were printed in German because Dutch translations of the material did not exist.

  • Dr. Pol is an avid car collector. Among the cars in his collection are a 1937 Rolls Royce, a 1999 Plymouth Prowler, and a 1981 “Back to the Future” DeLorean.

  • Dr. Pol’s son Charles was an intern for Hollywood legend, the late Sidney Pollack.

  • Dr. Pol and his wife Diane started their business out of their garage in 1981. The business has since grown and has amassed over 19,000 clients.

  • Diane Pol has a Master’s Degree in Special Reading and used to be a schoolteacher at Harbor Beach Elementary Schools.

  • Charles Pol is a certified Black Belt in Karate.

  • Dr. Pol grew up on a dairy farm in the Netherlands with his 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

  • Dr. Pol is color-blind. He has trouble with the colors green and brown.

  • Dr. and Mrs. Pol have been married for 44 years.

  • Dr. and Mrs. Pol helped design their log home themselves.

  • All of Dr. Pol's children are adopted. Their daughter Kathy and their son Charles from birth and their daughter Diane at the age of 18, after having been their foster child for ten years.

  • Graham Farms also operates a certified organic butcher shop where they process their own beef.

  • Three of the four boys in Dr. Pol's family are named Jan.

  • Dr. and Mrs. Pol have always owned a Great Dane since they were married.

  • Dr. Pol is licensed to Practice Veterinary Medicine in the State of Michigan and The Netherlands.

45 comments
Birgitta Obrecht
Birgitta Obrecht

Waar in Nederland komt Dr Pol vandaan en zijn de friesen paarden van Dr. Pol.

kathy willerson
kathy willerson

Dr.Pol,

I live on a farm in Alabama and I have just started seeing your show.I raise Holstein calves and on your show you had a farmer who raised Holstein calves and two had died you told him a vaccine to give them but I missed the name of the vaccine,other than the colostrum.Can you tell me the name of the vaccine ?I sometimes have calves that scour but I give them keopectate.

Valerie James
Valerie James

What a bunch of nonsense and lies you see here in the comments.  If you don't like the show, don't watch.  If you just want to feel important by ranting, go somewhere and else and spew.  We don't care what you have to say.

Geri Chandler
Geri Chandler

not sure if he was just sucking on something in tonight's episode (1/18/2014) or if I saw what I think I saw and he had a tongue ring. you really have to look when he is talking to Charles after they castrate the 2 beef bulls. Its a white ball.

Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller

What is the breed of the little dog that licks Dr. Pol's nose in the video at the beginning of each show?? Please help, my wife is driving me crazy to find out.

JoAnn Sellers
JoAnn Sellers

A veterinarian informs me that Dr. Pol's method of birthing calves by dragging them out of their mothers' bodies with chains is totally out of date and cows experiencing difficulties are given intravenous anesthetic. I also heard that charges had been brought against him by a veterinarian group for malpractice.  What's the source of these rumors, and are they just rumors?

Suzi john
Suzi john

I was really upset after viewing a recent s how where the dog swallowed a toothpick. Although I love the show, the poor dog was in soo much pain and was place  in a cage overnight alone to die! Sorry it was upsetting to see him lie there in so much pain alone! 

Sevi Morris
Sevi Morris

I like this show but It's not perfect like They don't have a plan for people with low income that would allow them to pay in monthly payments so people that can't afford payments their pets are put to sleep! They even don't advise them to look for an alternative like a low  payment Clinic. Also sometimes for small animals like dog and cats They don't take an aggressive approach like They should like in a show this dog had a growth and Dr. Brenda took a look and wait instead to do a biopsy right away so finally when she did one It was to late for the dog. If it was my dog I would be really upset!

Patricia Eckles
Patricia Eckles

I've loved this show & have several friends & family hooked on it too.

Whatever problems there are,get them cleared up & give us our show back! There isn't  another show on TV like it.PLEASE!

Lisa Suski
Lisa Suski

For all of you saying this show was educational really need to find new forms of education, this man practiced dangerous veterinary medicine & the show was pulled because he's been taken to the veterinary review board for quite a few offenses.  Let me give you some examples from the show:

  • A dog’s tail is amputated on an exam table without proper anesthesia or sterile technique.
  • A dog’s femoral head (top of rear leg bone) is cut off without proper pain medication and sterile technique.
  • A mauled puppy is placed in a cage and dies.
  • A dog that probably had a ball stuck in its GI tract dies without the benefit of hydration or surgery.
  • A Boston terrier’s eye is removed without sufficient anesthesia, pain meds, sterile technique or intubation (anesthesia and oxygen delivered via a tube down the trachea so this brachycephalic dog can breathe.) They have enough trouble breathing when they’re awake!

Michele Napier
Michele Napier

Dr Pol and his show has brought my family so much joy and taught us so much. We're all total animal lovers and all the compassion, knowledge and love that everyone on the show has for animals (especially Dr Pol) is exemplary. Please bring back this wonderful show into our lives!!

Michele O'Neill

Lynda Walker
Lynda Walker

I am so mad with whoever decided to cancell Dr. Pol. My husband and I looked forward to watching him every Sat. night and now it's not on. What happened? We deserve to know whats going on. Bring him back. Immediately.


Jacqueline Atnip
Jacqueline Atnip

Hi I am a farmer and a science teacher and we have enjoyed watching Dr. Poe. What happened to it on TV? When is it coming back on, we have learned a lot from this show and want to watch more. Does anyone know when the show is coming back on? Sincerely, Jacqueline

DOROTHY WRIGHT
DOROTHY WRIGHT

I just found out that the this show has experienced some trouble and apparently that is why we haven't seen them lately. It makes me sad to see another bit of our lives and country being attacked and because of a few, multitudes of us who love this show are missing out on one of the most enjoyable shows on TV.  My son was in FFA when he was in high school and raised 4 steers . It was one of the most fun times we had as a family. He even considered being a vet. Our children now days are not getting the education that we had and this show was filling that void. Consider all of the inner-city children who don't even know where the milk they drink comes from, this is the show that brings that knowledge to them in a fun way. Please get what ever is wrong fixed and tell those trouble makers to "GO TAKE A FLYING LEAP" and stop trying to change our way of life all the time. Dr. Pol we really love you and your family and we are all looking forward to seeing you on TV again. God bless you.

Dorothy Wright

Janet Vandecar
Janet Vandecar

Love Dr. Pol and the entire show.  The caring they show and the empathy they give is awesome.  I record the show and reruns, because I enjoy it so much.  I would ABSOLUTELY work for them.  But the weather is too much for this "Snow Bird" turned Floridian.  I wish them to continue their pursuit of taking care of their 19000 plus patrons.  God love em all!!

Janet Vandecar

DeAnne Hopkins
DeAnne Hopkins

Please bring the Incredible Dr Pol back. I love this show, because it is very educational!

Pamela Welborn
Pamela Welborn

WE LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!!!  I love Dr Pol and everyone on the show.  This is so entertaining and educational at the same time.  When do we get new episodes?  I'm still catching up but I crave new ones!!!

Linda Carroll
Linda Carroll

Great show please keep it going for all who are enjoying it so much.

Roilene Holbrook
Roilene Holbrook

what happened to the new Dr. Pols shows, I really love all his shows.

Christie Kirkland
Christie Kirkland

I Just love your show..  I have a question ... What happen with the calf that was born with the malformed mouth? you tried to make the mouth smaller.. I was just curious if that worked??

Sue Schellin
Sue Schellin

I'm a fan of  James Herriott's books, and this program is so similar to the stories told in the books that I'm in heaven watching them.  I admire Dr. Pol and his staffs' efforts with animals.  I hope your program continues for a long time.

jana ball
jana ball

Dr Pol's show on Nat Geo is one of my absolute favorite shows.  I don't miss a single show, and many i watch several times over.  I only wished we had a veterinarian like him where we are!   

I didn't know anyone was complaining about the show, but please don't let them have any influence on wether the shows stays on the air.  For those of you who have not experienced many veterinarians, Dr Pol is an incredible veterinarian with a true love for animals.  

John Fugere
John Fugere

I love this show and I hope it stays on the air for a long time and I can't understand why there's petition on the internet wanting people to sign because they think the staff is in competent and they hurt the animals and they want the show off the air.I think this show is AWESOME and right up their with  Duck dynasty, I think Dr. Pol is a awesome individual.

jim frey
jim frey

love the show,keep up the great work,love casts personalities,very entertaining,cant wait till saturday

Elizabeth Paynter
Elizabeth Paynter

I was born and raised in Central Michigan and still spend my summers there.  I had heard of Dr. Pol and had driven past his office hundreds of times over the years.  This summer when my dog stopped eating and was losing weight, I took her to the closest place I knew of, Pol Veterinary Clinic.  It was the 3rd of July and I did not expect the show to be filming, but they were.  It was a hopping place with people stopping to take pictures with the Dr and all sorts of animals coming and going.  Diane squeezed me in and Dr. Pol examined my dog.  I ended up calling Dr. Sandra in on the 4th as my dog was not getting any better.  After several nights at the office, my dog was well enough to go home.  The entire staff was wonderful except for Dr Brenda. who needs to learn some phone etiquette.  Thanks to Dr Pol and Dr Sandra, my dog will be around for many more years.

Darrell Harris
Darrell Harris

Is Nat Geo going to address the legal woes of the clinic's Vets or are you going to cover it up for us to come to our own conclusions based on the Veterinarians Behaving Badly website. I don't actually make decisions on the rants of someone operating from a hidden agenda and the VBB makes me think they are trying to run vets that operate on a margin and provide affordable care for pets and farm animals out of business. I get the impression this group has AMA envy and feel they should be in the same pay range as any  Doctor of human medicine. As long as the POLs are out there and understand the average person isn't spending thousands of dollars on the health of a pet and for darn sure a farmer isn't spending more than an animals market worth. But I want the Pol clinic to come clean and tell us why they are on probation. If they give a reasonable explanation I'm happy. I know doctors get internally censured on a regular basis from consumer complaints without loss of license as long as gross malpractice or actual intent to harm are shown so I don't see a vet held to a higher standard.

charu churamani
charu churamani

in my country...owners dont care for thier own pets..forget vets...vets here hv a poor state..it just requires..d vet to give it all...n not even expect respect in return ....can anybody plss tell me..some great profession ideas after doing ug in vet.sci . !! ...dr.pol..is an inspiration for all the aspiring students !! 

Benny HATHORNE JR
Benny HATHORNE JR

Love the show and want some more, hard working people who love their work. Have learned so much about animals even though I was around a farm when I was a little boy. Please tell me Dr Pol and family are doing ok and are ready to go on TV again. Please let us know when the new shows are ready to go.

Oceanna Fair
Oceanna Fair

My daughter (7) and I love this show. Will there be new episodes coming soon?

Cindy Douglas
Cindy Douglas

Absolutely love this show and Dr. Pol is the kind of vet I wish my animals could be with. I watch every show I possibly can and DVR those that I miss. What does Dr. Pol think about the Pit Bull breed? I have a Bassett/Pit and a Boxer/Pit and they have been the easiest to train and the most affectionate, but also the most stubborn. Choke collars are useless and I have switched to a snaffle type of harness which seems to work best. Any comments?

Jennifer Vizzo
Jennifer Vizzo

Dr. Pol and his wife remind me of my late husband, also a large animal vet who had a mixed practice I southern Virginia.  It takes a special kind of vet to take care of large animals because it often involves maintaining the very livelihood of the farmer/owner.  Losing a pet  is sad, but losing a cow can be catastrophic.  I hope you have new episodes coming soon.

Daniel Soeharsono
Daniel Soeharsono

I used to skip his show. About a week ago I started to view his show and I do enjoy it. He's really incredible!

Anne Zelinski
Anne Zelinski

this is one of the best shows on tv, period. If Michigan was not so cold in the winter I would move so that I could have Dr. Pol or any one of his staff look after my animals.

Elaine Bentzley
Elaine Bentzley

Dr  and Mrs Pol are excellent parents of their children and their Great Dane and other owned and cared for animals. I love the team work I see as a couple and a family. My husband and I have a Great Dane named SweetPea.

Taylor Watson
Taylor Watson

I LOVE LOVE this show!! Dr.Pol is awesome and Dr.Brenda is just as interesting to watch work! It has taught me so much for my own farm. Even the most seasoned livestock owner could learn a thing or two from this program!

Kay Kay Jones
Kay Kay Jones

BEST SHOW EVER!!!!!! YOU ROCK DR . POL!!!!!! i WATCH YOUR SHOW EVERY NIGHT!!!!

Dave Earles
Dave Earles

Dr. Pol and Brenda are wonderful caring people. My father cared for Shetland show ponies in Hudson MI for 40 years. The show brings back fond memories of farm life.

Tasha Thayer
Tasha Thayer

@Glenn MillerI think it's a Crested Chin puppy there a small fairly hairless dog breed & remind me kinda like Gremlins movie w there hair some on top of there heads lol

Tasha Thayer
Tasha Thayer

@Suzi johnit was sad but they didn't know what was wrong w dog & they prob kept him comfortable as sad as it can be things happen over things that are not clear cut.