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Podcast Transcript

If there ever was a minefield of a topic, it is premium pet foods. The huge range of pet foods on the market can be confusing, and marketers prey on pet owners’ fears and doubts to sell their products. However, there are great pet foods out there, and no, we are not paid to shill their products. We just like ’em.

Nicole and Jez discuss what constitutes a premium pet food, and what the difference is between a genuinely good product and a product that is just marketed well.

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Outro music by Matt Charleston

About the hosts

Dr Nicole Su and Jez Watts

Dr Nicole Su is a veterinarian, Jez Watts is a comedian-biotechnologist, and together they discuss commonly misunderstood topics in the pet and vet world. They live with three rabbits that are their children.