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October 17, 2022 43 min

Nobody likes to talk about pet loss… but everybody wants to talk about pet loss. What a difficult scenario that is! Veterinary oncologist Dr. Renee Alsarraf joins us to talk about grief, professionalism, and the importance of being human - on the job and off. 


In this episode we cover: 


  • The whole truth about loving - and losing - your pets
  • The terrible advice Dr. Renee Alsarraf’s grad school teacher gave her (and why she refused to listen) 
  • Why veterinarians and other professionals should really NOT check their human emotions at the door
  • When it’s time to welcome a new love into your life (human or otherwise)
  • How Dr. Alsarraf’s experience with veterinary oncology did (and didn’t) prepare her for her own cancer diagnosis

Announcement: want to become a grief-informed therapist? Registration is open now for Megan Devine’s 6 month grief care professional program. Details at this link. 

Notable quotes: 

“I think we tend to see our pets - especially when they're ailing - more like our little babies, and so we want to protect them. That's our innate role. and yet we can't protect them from the inevitable. That's really hard.” - Dr. Renee Alsarraf


“You can't push emotions down and expect them to not pop back up in other places.” - Megan Devine


About our guest: 

Dr. Renee Alsarraf is a veterinary oncologist, lecturer, and philanthropist. Her new book Sit Stay Heal is a moving and uplifting memoir of an esteemed veterinary oncologist fighting to save her four-legged patients while making sense of her own unexpected cancer diagnosis.


Find Dr. Alsarraf on IG @reneealsarraf  and read more about her book at

Additional resources:

Grief is everywhere. Want to become a more grief-informed therapist or provider? Registration is open now for Megan Devine’s 6 month grief care professional program. Details at this link. 

Get in touch:

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