‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’: The Reality Of Euthanasia – ‘I Rarely Cry, But I Still Feel It’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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One of the toughest elements of any veterinary observe is when an animal needs to be euthanized due to sickness. It’s definitely not simple on the pet’s house owners but it surely’s additionally not one thing the animal physician likes doing.

Dr. Jan Pol of 'The Incredible Dr. Pol'
Dr. Jan Pol of ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’ | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Dr. Pol opened up about this most troublesome a part of veterinary work. Find out what he needed to say.

Dr. Pol has needed to euthanize his personal pet on digital camera, and it wasn’t simple

Dr. Pol selected to euthanize his personal pet on-camera, one thing he was very reluctant to do due to the clearly emotional second he would reasonably have in non-public.

He advised Hollywood Soapbox in 2019, “In the show, I had to put my own dog down,” Dr. Pol continued. “I didn’t want to have it filmed, but Charles [his son] says to me, ‘Dad, other people are filmed. Why not you? You’re a pet owner, and it shows that pets do not outlive humans many times.’”

“It’s real, and I think this is what attracts people to this show. Nothing is made up for TV, and I think that’s what makes the show so popular.”

How Dr. Pol realized to euthanize humanely

One wouldn’t consider it, however euthanasia really will be finished inhumanely. That is, if it’s not finished accurately, what might find yourself taking place is the unnecessary struggling of the animal. Dr. Pol unexpectedly realized in a single case how one can compassionately finish an animal’s struggling.

“We were taught how to administer the euthanasia solution into a vein in school” Dr. Pol stated in his 2015 e-book, Never Turn Your Back On An Angus Cow, “but I learned by accident that if you put it directly into an artery instead of the vein, it acts much faster.”

The proprietor of a horse rescue group introduced a pony to Dr. Pol for euthanizing. She defined to the 77-year-old vet that the animal was merely not able to being domesticated. For the security of individuals and different animals round him, she determined it will be greatest to have him euthanized.

“He was so dangerous that I was going to do just one injection. . . I had a good size needle ready, and as he jumped up, I hit him with it in the side of the neck and pushed the plunger. Instantly, that pony dropped dead. . . I realized, ‘Wait a second, that wasn’t in the vein; it was in the artery.’ From that time on, I began doing the euthanasia procedure differently.”

The actuality of euthanasia hit the digital camera crew

Dr. Pol is used to witnessing, as many a medical skilled in the end has to, the steadiness between life and demise each day. For the NatGeo WILD crew in his clinic, it took numerous getting used to.

“I think what has been the hardest thing for members of the crew to deal with is the fact that in this ‘real reality’ show,” he stated in his e-book, “the cases don’t always have a happy ending. . . I’ve had several members of our crew tell me how tough it is for them, at least at first, to see me euthanize an animal.”

A few members of NatGeo WILD’s digital camera crew on ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’

“I rarely cry, but I still feel it; a lot of crew members have cried, and occasionally when we’re dealing with an old animal they still do. . . For the crew this is all new, and sometimes I see the tears coming down their faces while they’re running the camera.”

“Normally there is always a lot of chattering going on – we’ve always got a lot to talk about – but after I’ve had to put down a beloved horse or a dog or a cat or almost any kind of pet, the silence can get very, very loud.”

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