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Follow Extreme Veterinary Cases on the Cutting Edge of Animal Care

Animal ER Premieres Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10/9c on Nat

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Follow Extreme Veterinary Cases on the Cutting Edge of Animal Care

Animal ER Premieres Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10/9c on Nat

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS) in Houston, Texas, is one of
the most respected — and busiest — animal hospitals in the world, with
more than 200 staff treating over 50,000 patients a year. Nat Geo WILD’s
new series Animal ER goes behind the scenes at the hospital to
follow cases on the cutting edge of veterinary care. Animal ER premieres
Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10/9c. For more information, visit our press
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“GCVS has the most fascinating and dramatic range of cases in the
country, with everything from exotics and zoo animals to family pets
crashing through their doors 24/7,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice
president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “Combine this with an
incredible cast of passionate vets, and you get some of the most
innovative, expert and extraordinary animal care in the world. It will
be like nothing else on TV.”

Follow patients as they are rushed into the hospital and through
diagnosis and treatment. From dogs and cats to chimps and giant pythons,
to rams and exotic birds, a broad range of pets are welcome. GCVS is the
last stop for animals whose care is beyond the capabilities of their
regular veterinarians, and GCVS doctors deal with the most complex and
challenging animal cases across their departments, which include Surgery
& Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Neurology & Neurosurgery,
Critical Care, Dentistry & Oral Surgery, Dermatology & Allergy, Avian &
Exotics, Diagnostic Imaging, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Sports Medicine,
Rehabilitation & Fitness, Nutrition, and Emergency. The hospital’s
medical technology is state of the art and the care is cutting edge, as
the staff constantly develops new approaches and techniques to treat
their patients.

Premiere Episodes

Tiger Emergency
Premieres Sat., Sept. 10, 10/9c
is a first for Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. Nia, a 6-year-old
white Bengal tiger, is in critical need of surgery. Harley, a therapy
puppy for a little girl, has a broken leg that only surgery can fix.
Spirit the cockatiel is fighting for breath, with a mass growing in her
throat. And a 9-year-old Lab mix named Duchess undergoes surgery to
remove a growth near her brain that may save her life.

PO’ed Python
Premieres Saturday, Sept. 17, 10/9c
an 18-foot reticulated python, needs her lungs checked for pneumonia.
She finally slithers still for a set of radiographs, but it takes every
effort by Gulf Coast’s Avian & Exotics team. Coco the Dalmatian needs a
risky surgery to remove a cyst that is hampering her spinal function and
ability to walk. The Houston Zoo rushes in with a 31-year-old
blue-billed curassow with a broken leg — is she too old for surgery? The
parents of Daphne, an 11-year-old Labrador mix, face a tough decision,
and finally, Dr. Beale performs a total hip replacement on Bear, a
limping German shepherd. Just another typical day at GCVS!

Heroic Measures
Premieres Saturday, Sept. 24, 10/9c
a rescue dog found bleeding and missing a paw, is a candidate for an
artificial limb, a potentially life-changing procedure. Lucy, a
dachshund, is rushed to the ICU with a crushed jaw. Meanwhile, Emma, a
French bulldog, is brought to the neurology department with paralyzed
legs. Two sea turtles are driven 200 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to
the Avian & Exotics department to remove a rash of tumors that are
growing out of control all over their bodies. Finally, Darth Rachel, a
Labrador retriever, is brought to GCVS because of her heavy, labored

Code Red
Premieres Saturday, Oct. 1, 10/9c
comes to the aid of the Houston Humane Society after they receive over
200 neglected animals that were confiscated during a pet store raid.
Exotic animal specialist Danielle Inman and Dr. Sue Chen treat a wide
variety of animals for issues related to neglect and mismanagement. Cha
Cha Larue, a 5-year-old Chinese crested who is a social media darling,
gets critical surgery on one of her back legs — will she be able to walk
again? Meanwhile, Dr. Chanda Miles gets to work on 7-year-old cat Noir’s
crushed jaw. Hulk, a 10-year-old German shepherd, gets a last-chance
back surgery from Dr. Carly Giovanella. Finally, Sugar Bear, a
coatimundi, needs the infected end portion of his tail amputated to live
a normal, happy life.

Meet the Doctors and Specialists

Dr. Brian Beale is a partner and orthopedic surgeon at GCVS whose
patients range from household pets to exotic animals. His innovative
treatment plans, extensive experience and surgical skills help to
maximize each patient’s chances of a positive outcome. Dr. Beale keeps
busy with 10 to 20 surgeries a week. He hosts a weekly radio show about
pet health, and he lectures around the world.

Dr. Heidi Hottinger is also a partner and surgeon at GCVS,
specializing in soft tissue, including oncologic, surgeries. Always a
ball of energy, Dr. Hottinger is frequently seen around the practice
with her two whippets. Her wide-range of skills include everything from
removing cancerous tumors to performing amputations, to extracting
foreign bodies.

Danielle Inman is a nonstop force in the Avian & Exotics
department at GCVS. With a background in herpetology, she has traveled
the world studying reptiles and amphibians and their environments. She
is known throughout the hospital as an expert on all types of exotic
animals. Inman’s contagious enthusiasm makes her a beloved member of the

Animal ER is produced by Propagate for Nat Geo WILD. Ben
Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Brett-Patrick Jenkins and Richard Hall are
executive producers for Propagate. For Nat Geo WILD, executive
producer is Jenny Apostol, senior vice president of development and
production is Janet Han Vissering and executive vice president and
general manager is Geoff Daniels.

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