Category: Dogs

Dr. Mike Sagman Supports Best Friends Animal Society’s No-Kill Efforts


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Best Friends Animal Society

A longtime Virginia resident, retired dentist Dr. Mike Sagman has a passion for animal welfare that reflects his experience of losing his beloved canine companion Penny to contaminated dog food. As manager and founder of, Dr. Mike Sagman offers a full range of informational resources related to canine diet and welfare. He is also a lifelong supporter of the Best Friends Animal Society.

A recent article on the Society’s website focused on a volunteer whose efforts help rescue homeless animals across the Los Angeles area. These activities center on the NKLA Pet Adoption Center, which has been instrumental in bringing a no-kill ethos to local humane animal treatment efforts.

Unfortunately, approximately 1.5 million animals are killed each year at shelters across the country, simply because they lack a safe home environment. Best Friends reserves euthanization strictly for cases in which an animal has an untreatable condition and such an action is an “act of mercy.”

In order to avoid unnecessary euthanizations, Best Friends promotes spay/neuter programs, as well as adoption instead of pet purchases. Other efforts through a network of regional programs focus on persistent issues such as puppy mills and breed discrimination, and work to make life better for pets nationwide.


Dog Food Advisor


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Mike Sagman

As president of Michael E. Sagman, D.D.S., Ltd., in Newport News, Virginia, Dr. Mike Sagman operated his private dental practice for nearly 40 years. Dr. Mike Sagman is currently the founder and managing editor of The Dog Food Advisor, a website that provides reviews and ratings of over 950 dog food products.

The Dog Food Advisor at was created as a public service website to help dog owners become more informed about the products they feed their dogs. Led by the founder of Dog Food Advisor, the research team looks at nutritional content and ingredients to help determine an appropriate star rating for each product.

The Dog Food Advisor receives tips and information regarding dog foods from a private network of nutritionists, whistleblowers, and company executives in the pet food industry. Researchers also gather information for their findings from the medical libraries of the United States National Institutes of Health.

What is Melamine?

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Mike Sagman is a former United States Army Captain that has served as a dentist for over four decades. A specialist in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, Mike Sagman is also an avid dog lover and is also the creator and editor of the Dog Food Advisor website.

The Dog Food Advisor, which can be found at, is a public service website designed to help consumers make more informed decisions when purchasing dog food. The website was created in response to the tragic loss of Dr. Sagman’s dog, Penny, to melamine tainted dog food. The affected dog food was later recalled by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A common industrial ingredient, melamine is a chemical compound that contains nitrogen. The substance, which is not approved for use in any food or consumable products, is often used as a binding agent, as a component of thermosetting plastic, in fertilizer, and in other industrial applications. According to the FDA, melamine is more toxic when combined with other melamine related compounds which include cyanuric acid, ammelide, and ammeline.

How to Spot and Avoid Puppy Mill Breeders

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Mike Sagman

Recipient of the US Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, Captain Mike Sagman previously served as a dentist for the army while based in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He has since founded The Dog Food Advisor, an online publisher of independent ratings and reviews of dog food brands. Passionate about animal welfare, Mike Sagman is a longtime supporter of organizations such as Best Friends Animal Society, which encourages pet lovers to steer clear of puppy mills.

Puppy mills are basically puppy factories. They are commercial centers for dog breeding where profits are made from the sale of puppies. In these centers, dogs live in extra small enclosures, are fed substandard food, have no access to decent medical care, and are deprived of human contact, all in a bid to cut costs and maximize profits. By buying a puppy from a puppy mill, you are supporting the operations of these inhumane centers.

Puppy mill breeders often sell puppies on the Internet. All they have to do is make a website, take adorable photos of puppies, and wait for orders from unsuspecting pet lovers.

Regardless of how convincing the site looks, it could be a puppy mill affiliate. There is no guarantee that a “We are not a puppy mill” proclamation is genuine. Be especially cautious of sites that offer to ship puppies to you.

Puppy mill breeders also use newspaper classified ads to sell puppies. Be cautious of ads that list numerous breeds available. Also be cautious when the breeder opts to meet you away from where the puppies are actually raised.

A good option to own a pet is adoption. You can do this through local pet shelters or through genuine websites such as and

What Dog Owners Can Learn from Penny’s Story

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Dr. Mike Sagman, a retired United States Army Captain and restorative dentist, is the founder of Dog Food Advisor, a public service website pet owners can use when searching for a healthy brand of dog food. Dr. Mike Sagman was compelled to launch the website after the loss of his poodle terrier mix, Penny.

Dr. Sagman and his wife adopted Penny from a shelter. Although she had been abused in the past, Penny quickly took to her new, loving environment and family. After developing a digestive issue, Penny was placed on a prescription dog food per her veterinarian’s recommendation. The dog regularly refused this new food, but Penny’s doctor suggested the Sagmans continue feeding this diet until Penny became accustomed to it.

After Penny was injured, another veterinarian suggested a meat-rich canned cat food to improve the dog’s appetite for the prescription food. Unfortunately, the cat food may have been tainted in association with the largest pet food recall in U.S. history. And, along with other ailments, her condition worsened until Penny had to be euthanized.

Dr. Sagman and his wife came to several realizations after losing their dog, particularly after the food she had eaten was part of such a massive pet food recall. The primary lesson they learned was that pet owners must take an active role in their animal’s wellbeing, as opposed to blindly accepting the recommendation of anyone without question or paying the high price of a premium pet food.

Instead, individuals should carefully review each and every ingredient they are feeding their animals. Doing so just might add years to the life of an animal companion. To this end, dog owners should visit websites like and discuss different ingredients and specific concerns with a trusted veterinarian.

A Brief Overview of Replacing Lost, Damaged Teeth


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Dog Food Advisor

Dr. Mike Sagman graduated from the Medical College of Virginia and practiced as a restorative and cosmetic dentist in the Newport News area for more than four decades. These days, Dr. Mike Sagman serves as president and chief executive officer of Clicks and Traffic, LLC, and as the owner and managing editor of

Restorative dentistry is a term used to describe oral services and surgical procedures designed to return the mouth to a healthy, functional state. One of the most common examples of restorative dentistry, which includes a number of prosthetic dental procedures, involves the replacement of missing or damaged teeth.

During restorative procedures, dentists prioritize retaining as many of the natural teeth as possible.

When a tooth has been completely lost or damaged beyond repair, dental professionals may make use of dental implants, bridges, or partial or complete dentures as a way of restoring oral integrity and limiting the spread of bacteria and plaque.

Not only can restorative dentistry help prevent the development of future cavities, it also allows the mouth to evenly distribute the stress of chewing and avoid added pressure on remaining natural teeth.

A Few Tips for Selecting a Dog from the Shelter

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Selecting a Dog

Mike Sagman, D.D.S., studied dental surgery at the Medical College of Virginia. In addition to more than four decades of experience as a dentist in Newport News, Dr. Mike Sagman is the owner of, a national leader in the publication of dog food ratings and information. He is a canine enthusiast, even raising multiple shelter and rescue dogs at once.

Providing a loving, safe home to a dog that has spent time in a shelter is one of the best ways to address the nation’s homeless pet population issue. However, the process of selecting a dog to adopt can be overwhelming.

Shelters are generally loud, crowded places that can be stressful for humans and animals alike. There are several steps individuals can take to make the adoption process easier.

To begin, individuals should always remember to ask basic questions about any dog they are considering for adoption. Some of these should include how the dog ended up in the shelter, whether or not the dog has a history of medical issues, and what the animal’s overall temperament is.

A few of these and other simple, important questions can help alert a potential owner about what to expect.

While these questions are important, potential owners must remember to analyze the dog in person and draw their own conclusions about behavior and personality. This includes observing the dog from a distance and, ideally, taking the dog for a walk and spending one-on-one time together.

Any individual with dogs or other pets at home already should pay particular attention to how a dog interacts with other animals.