The real reason why Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet was cancelled

Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet is likely not coming back to television, and there are various reasons why this may be.

There are a variety of factors that television networks take into consideration when deciding which of their shows to cancel and renew each season.

And while low ratings and declining viewership numbers are still some of the most common reasons why shows get booted from the live airing schedules, there are plenty of other things that can cause your favorite television shows to get cancelled unexpectedly.

Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet’s pending cancellation

Animal Planet’s hit show, Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet, first started airing back in 2015.

And fans got to follows along as Dr. Jeff Young, his wife, Dr. Petra Young, his daughter, Melody Obuobisa, and the rest of the Planned Pethood International team worked together to save varying critters, ranging from dogs to parrots, on a budget for eight fairly successful seasons.

However, no new seasons of the show have been announced since season eight concluded in 2022.

And while Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet has not been slapped with the official “Cancelled” label by Warner Bros. Discovery yet – it does not look like this show will be returning for a new season anytime soon.

According to the data collected by USTVB, Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet was still bringing over 720,000 viewers (with a rating of 0.23 in the 2+ demographic) during this most recent season.

But, even so, it seems like there might have been some behind-the-scenes issues, including a possible backlog at the clinic and trouble with Dr. Jeff’s health, which may have contributed to its not-yet official cancellation once this season concluded.

Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet in a nutshell

Before we dive into the reasons why Dr. Jeff: rocky Mountain Vet may have been cancelled, let us take a look back at how far the show has come through the years.

All in all, Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet can be summarized as follows:

Detail Description
Series premiere Season 1, episode 1: “One More Chance”, first aired on July 11, 2015
Most recent episode Season 8, episode 10 “Adoption Stories”, first aired on May 28, 2022
Total episodes 84
Total seasons 8

The drawbacks of being reality-TV famous

Fans are always left with questions when their favorite television shows are cancelled, but there are even more unanswered questions when a show like Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet is simply not brought back for another season.

It is likely that we may never know the true reason why Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet was not renewed for a ninth season, but what we do know is that filming the show at the Planned Pethood clinic was not always as easy as it seemed on television.

Melody Obuobisa shared in a 2023 interview with the Click that while the show made it seem like they had a lot of time to help all the patients that walked through the doors, “there’s 50 other patients in the hospital at the same time” which they also had to care for.

The Planned Pethood team has also spoken out about the show leading to some clients expecting low-cost care even when they did not qualify for it, or even delaying work at the clinic when certain shots needed to be redone.

And in the end, it is possible that Dr. Jeff and the Planned Pethood team simply decided that filming this show had become too much of a distraction for their important work.

An update on Dr. Jeff Young’s health

Dr. Jeff’s health is another possible reason why Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet may not have returned for another season yet.

Avid fans of the show may remember that Dr. Jeff went through quite an intense battle with cancer in 2016. And unfortunately, Dr. Jeff has now recently been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Dr. Jeff Young did share in a Facebook post recently that his lungs are doing better, but it is likely that his treatments could have interfered with the filming of the show in 2023.

The real reason why Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet was cancelled

Is the Planned Pethood clinic still open?

While the future of the Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet show remains somewhat uncertain for now, the future of the new Planned Pethood clinic still seems to be right on track.

In case you missed it, Dr. Jeff and the team recently moved to a new location in Conifer, Colorado.

And since things with Dr. Jeff’s treatment appears to be going well, it seems like they are moving full-steam-ahead with their plans to take the clinic back on the road and to get the non-profit education center up-and-running.