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TV vet sets a sterling and selfless example

Animal lovers should go out of their way to watch and support the unique “advocacy” show, “Dr. Jeff, Rocky Mountain Vet,” showing Mondays on Animal Planet.

Every time we view the program, we aren’t just entertained, we also learn a lot—and get inspired by its host, Dr. Jeff Young, who’s made it his life’s work to treat animals practically for free, so that all pet owners  can take good care of the furry members of their families without depleting their savings.

This flies in the face of some veterinarians’ practice of charging exorbitant fees to treat animals in need. We hope that Dr. Jeff’s sterling and selfless example will enlighten other vets and make animal care more affordable.

Dr. Jeff takes such good care of his animal patients that they live long and happy lives. No illness is too much or too small for him to at least try to heal or minimize the resulting pain. And the range of medical cases dealt with in a single telecast is truly impressive, ranging from disabled dogs who learn how to happily run around despite a missing limb, exotic birds perplexed by a sudden inability to fly, cats with quirks, etc.!

Their illnesses and cures are so clearly depicted and explained, in layman’s terms, that viewers get a lot of “applied” learning that could help them figure things out when their “pet children” experience medical problems.

The show is so crisply produced that it doesn’t feel like a tutorial. Every minute or so, a new case is speedily attended to and dealt with. But, the vets in charge still make it a point to provide a warm touch, and their knowledge of pet psychology is truly prodigious.

Related to this is their knack for getting their patients’ owners to help in the healing process. Dr. Jeff’s dedication to his advocacy is truly one for the books.

Viewers recently learned that he has had to contend with a cancer scare—but, even that threat to his own well-being hasn’t slowed him down!

Surfing through the teeming TV-program schedule, we’ve caught many other shows about animals and pets, including another show, “Life at Vet U,” featuring young people still studying to become good and caring veterinarians.

The popularity of animal shows on TV bodes well for the more informed treatment of our furry  friends—but, Dr. Jeff’s committed “advocacy” show is still the best of the lot!

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