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Podcast Transcript

Knowing when to make the decision to let your pet cross the rainbow bridge is one of the hardest things pet owners have to do, and the emotional toll of such a decision never gets easier. However, there are some things that can help reassure pet owners that they are making the right decision for their pet.

Nicole and Jez discuss the concept of “quality of life,” and how that can help quantify the amount of joy that a pet still gets out of their life.


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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.

Outro music by Matt Charleston