THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL, CELEBRATES 100 EPISODES

The Celebration Begins With a One-Hour Special Event on Saturday, March 25, at 8/7c, Followed by the 100th Episode at 9/8c

After 10 seasons, over half a million patients, record-setting ratings and countless prolapses, pregnancy exams and problematic clients, Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 series, The Incredible Dr. Pol, celebrates its 100th episode on Saturday, March 25, at 9/8c.

Holly, MI USA: Dr. Pol poses with two Percheron horses at the Michigan Renaissance Festival.
(Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Michael Stankevich)

The episode, which will air as the season 10 finale, follows a reflective one-hour special at 8/7c that highlights the series’ top moments and most memorable cases. Join in the countdown to the big moment by tuning in to The Incredible Dr. Pol Saturdays at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.

Dr. Jan Pol, the 75-year-old Dutch veterinarian at the center of it all, is a global sensation thanks to his passion, charm and old-school, no-nonsense approach to animal care. He has become a familiar face to many and has been welcomed into families’ homes and hearts through millions of televisions around the world.

It all started in 2011 when Dr. Pol’s son, Charles, pitched an idea for a show centered on the life of his father — back when only the people of central Michigan knew his name. Before Dr. Pol knew it, he was a superstar. Season after season, The Incredible Dr. Pol delivers impressive ratings as people tune in to catch America’s favorite vet doing what he does best — wrangling animals, tackling cases and spending time with his wife, Diane, his son, Charles, and the staff at Pol Veterinary Services.

“Dr. Pol is the Dutch gift that keeps on giving,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD. “There really is no one quite like him on TV with the kind of straight-up honesty and humor that resonate so well with viewers of all ages all over the world. Dr. Pol is a skilled veterinarian, a great family man, a hero to his community and a wonderful ambassador for Nat Geo WILD. We just couldn’t be more thrilled to be hitting this extraordinary milestone and sharing in his success with The Incredible Dr. Pol.”

CLARE, MICH.- Dr. Pol holds a Congo African Grey Parrot in the clinic lobby.(Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Mark Myers)

It’s not just the viewers who have been welcomed into the life and home of Dr. Pol. The special compilation episode will take a look at the dedicated film crew that has spent years alongside the Pols in their busy clinic in rural Michigan. From racing to keep up with him on the roads to spending the holidays together, the crew has been up close and personal with the Pol family for years. We’ll take a look behind the scenes at some of the crew’s most memorable moments.

“I am thankful to the fans who have helped make this show such a great success,” said Dr. Pol. “I got into this business to help animals, and I never imagined that my career would go in this direction. I love what I do, and am happy that I’m able to be a part of the Nat Geo WILD family and share my passion for animals with the world.”

It’s an incredible event for an incredible veterinarian, covering some of the most remarkable cases and favorite memories over 10 seasons and 100 episodes.

Episodes Include:

One-Hour Special Episode
The Incredible Dr. Pol: The 100th Episode Pol-tacular!
Premieres Saturday, March 25, at 8/7c
We’ve filmed 100 incredible episodes of The Incredible Dr. Pol, and what a ride it’s been! Over the years, we’ve seen world-famous veterinarian Dr. Pol wrangling animals, tackling cases and dealing with some wild situations. Now, take a trip with us down memory lane as we look back at some of the show’s most incredible moments, remarkable cases and favorite memories over the past 100 episodes.

The 100th Episode and Season 10 Finale
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Paw & Order
Premieres Saturday, March 25, at 9/8c
Pol Veterinary Services receives a call about a rescued Saint Bernard in a life-threatening situation. Left outside in the blazing summer sun, this abused dog needs Dr. Pol’s help recovering from potential heatstroke. After a week of crazy cases and learning moments, Dr. Pol and Diane find themselves caring for the Saint Bernard and nursing him back to health. Eventually, they fall for the loveable lump and are determined to keep him out of the pound and in a suitable home. With some tender care and a little extra love, the gentle giant finally finds his forever family.

We hope you tune in! To learn more you can visit Nat Geo WILD.

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Cheers and Celebrations for National Puppy Day!

Do you know what day March 23rd is? YES, it’s National Puppy Day, and during this celebration, there is no better day than to bring home a cute little pup!

And while we give cheers and celebrations for this day, and hopefully you’ll find a new BFF of the 4 legged variety, there are some things to consider first before you bring a buddy home.

Rescue Puppies

The National Puppy Day motto is “Adopt instead of shop,” and there is a good reason for this too. Your local shelter has many cute and lovely little rescue puppies that need a forever home. By adopting instead of shopping, you’ll be freeing up valuable kennel space, you’ll provide funding for more rescues and you’ll be making a puppies dreams come true! There is no better feeling than this win-win situation of helping your shelter and bringing home a pupper!

Size and Space

One of the biggest things to consider is space for your puppy to grow. This is especially true if it is a large dog breed. Granted, a little pup will be happy almost anywhere, but you need to think about size and space in the coming year or two. Larger dogs need a larger space, so make sure you have the room for the size breed your puppy will grow up to be.

Plenty of Exercise

Your puppy will need plenty of exercise, including walks, runs and play. They need these activities for normal development and muscle growth. You have to make a commitment to make sure they get this type of exercise, preferably once per day walks and runs, to keep them healthy and happy.

Puppies Cost Money

When you first bring home a pup, your only thought may be about making sure they have food and water. And while that is a regular monthly expenditure, it’s only a small part. You’ll also have vet visits, shots, worming, grooming, toys and other kinds of expenses that you may never have thought of. In truth, having a puppy may run you around $300 dollars per month, and if you can’t afford that, then you can’t afford a puppy.

Open Your Heart

National Puppy Day is almost here, and if you have the room, have the space, have the time for vet visits, walks and runs, and if you can afford it, then adopt instead of shop, open your heart, and bring home a sweet little bundle of 4 legged joy!

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2017 Tournament of Tails

Playing off the popularity of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Petplan’s Tournament of Tails features adoptable pets from 32 shelters across the country vying for the crown of top dog or cat. More importantly, the tournament brings much-needed awareness for the need of pet adoption.

Tournament of Tails

It’s not an easy bracket to fill out though! These cuties are all so adorable. Half of the first-round (Terrific 32) action of the popular Tournament of Tails is already over, but you can still get in on the fun. Visit the site and vote on the current cat and dog match ups, download your bracket to play along, and of course, be sure to share on social media!

In its fourth year, Petplan’s Tournament of Tails is a bracket-style challenge, which lets fans vote to advance their favorite pets to the next round. There is nearly $11,000 up for grabs with the champion earning $5,000 for its host organization and no pet goes home empty-pawed when eliminated from the challenge. Those bounced from the Terrific 32 receive a $100 donation for their shelters, players whose run ends at the Spirited 16 receive $200, pets knocked off in the Eager 8 round receive $300, while those who claw their way to the Final Fur net $500.

Head over to make your choices now! May your bracket win!

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The Oscar goes to… The Pup-nosticators

Petplan’s Pup-nosticators are back at it. After having a successful run during the NFL playoffs, when they went 7-4 in game predictions and more importantly all puppies were adopted, they are now tackling this weekend’s Academy Awards (Sunday, February 26).

The Pup-nosticators Take On The Academy Awards!

The 89th Academy Awards are this Sunday, February 26th!We needed the help of our Pup-nosticators to pick the big winners! This week's Pup-nosticators, were five, ridiculously adorable Shepherd/Lab/Beagle mixes (Saffron, Dill, Pepper, Cinnamon, and Chili!) from All 4 Paws Rescue in Chester Springs, PA! ????These fur babies are all available for adoption! Simply visit www.all4pawsrescue.com for more info! ????And as always, a huge bark-out to The Honest Kitchen for providing the yummy, nutritious food in the bowls!

Posted by Petplan Pet Insurance – North America on Monday, February 20, 2017

About the Pup-nosticators:

  • Petplan Pet insurance (www.gopetplan.com) has embarked on this social good campaign on Facebook to help raise awareness for pet adoption.
  • According to the ASPCA – Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats… click here for more stats.
  • To date all 10 dogs that have been a Pup-nosticator have been adopted.
  • Visit www.gopetplan.com to learn more about protecting your pets from unexpected Vet bills.
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