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What Dog Owners Can Learn from Penny’s Story

Penny pic

Penny
Image: dogfoodadvisor.com

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 www.DogFoodAdvisor.com and discuss different ingredients and specific concerns with a trusted veterinarian.