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Episode 5: Fillers in Pet Food

"Fillers," a commonly used scary word to warn pet owners away from one product, and into the arms of another, but do we really know what that word means? What constitutes a filler anyway?

Nicole and Jez talk about what a filler ingredient actually is, and why some ingredients that commonly get the "filler" blame are unjustly slandered.


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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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