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Dr. Chris Pet Vet

Dr. Chris Pet Vet

Spring 2014 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

Australian veterinarian Chris Brown comes across all sorts of animals in his line of work, and if you watch this show, Dr. Chris Pet Vet you'll follow him as he problem-solves and treats troubled cases. One such animal is Splodge, a cute little dog that keeps mysteriously climbing the wall of his bricked-in backyard to run away across neighborhood houses.

It's the darndest thing. His owner can't figure out how Splodge is escaping until Chris puts up a video camera and they watch the dog use a vine to help him scale the wall. Ultimately, Chris determines that the little dog just wants a better view of the world. He doesn't really want to run away. So he builds him a lifeguard-type chair. Using a steep ramp, Splodge scurries up and is quite happy to curl up in his perch and prevail over his kingdom.

In other segments, Chris helps a kitty named Samson get through some early tough problems, including worms, fleas and anemia. And another doctor works with a Lab that is having seizures because of a poisonous plant he ate. Young children might not want to watch the more scary medical parts of the show, or maybe they will - and be inspired to become a vet. Either way, the tone is light and the stories uplifting.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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