Episode 4: Premium Pet Food

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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The Tiny Vet Podcast

By Dr Nicole Su & Jez Watts



A very small podcast about big animal issues. Weekly episodes hosted by Dr Nicole Su (BSc. BVMS MANZCVS Unusual Pets).

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 who are their children.

Presented by Upilio Pty Ltd.

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