Our Contributors

The Dog Food Advisor would like to express its gratitude to each of the following professionals for their contribution to the success and content of this website.

Tracie Hotchner

Tracie Hotchner is the acclaimed host of the award-winning radio show, Dog Talk®.

Tracie Hotchner from Dog Talk

Dog Talk is broadcast from National Public Radio station WLIU in Southampton, New York.

In 2009, Tracie won the prestigious Gracie Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) for her role as “Outstanding Host of an Entertainment/Information Show”.

Cat Chat, Tracie’s other live weekly dog and cat radio program, can be heard on Wednesday nights on the Martha Stewart channel of SiriusXM satellite radio.

In addition, Tracie is the author of two bestselling books…

  • The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know
  • The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know

Tracie is also a pet wellness advocate and has traveled across the country lecturing on pet nutrition and other timely topics.

She has recently completed a 13-part series for the National Public Radio network called “Authors on Animals”.

Tracie’s unique network of pet food experts provides the Dog Food Advisor with a wealth of reliable information.

If Tracie doesn’t know the answer to a question about dogs or cats, you can bet she’ll know who does.

We are indeed fortunate to have Tracie as a trusted consultant.

Dr. Mike Sagman

Mike Sagman is a practicing dentist as well as the creator and editor of the Dog Food Advisor.

Mike Sagman, D.D.S.

He is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia with a doctoral degree in dental surgery.

Mike is a past member of the surgical staff of Sentara Hampton General Hospital and the consulting staff of Bons Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital.

He has been professionally honored as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Mike developed a keen interest in canine nutrition following the loss of his cherished shelter dog, Penny… and because of his implicit trust in the commercial dog food industry.

Due to that tragic event, Mike has become a consumer advocate on behalf of dog owners and an expert at reading and interpreting pet food labels.

Dr. Donna Spector

Donna Spector, BS, DVM, DACVIM, is a renowned, board-certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist.

About Dr. Donna Spector

Dr. Spector received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1997 and completed her advanced internship training at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, New York.

In addition, she completed her residency program at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Spector has practiced at other leading institutions including the Emergency and Referral Animal Hospital in San Diego, California and Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in New York City.

She is also an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Spector has written and lectured extensively on topics including animal nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, kidney failure and feline asthma.

She is widely recognized for her role as consulting veterinarian to Halo, Purely for Pets and her TV appearances with Ellen DeGeneres.

Dr. Spector is also a veterinary consultant to Tracie Hotchner’s Dog Talk® and Cat Chat® radio shows and admired for her pet health advice in both print and radio media.

Dr. Spector’s online consulting service offers personalized and custom tailored medical, nutritional and weight loss consultations for owners of both dogs and cats.

She provides professional advice relating to urinary disorders, liver problems, immune diseases, intestinal issues, diabetes, asthma and other breathing conditions, hormonal problems and other internal medical complaints.

The Dog Food Advisor is pleased to welcome Dr. Donna Spector as a trusted veterinary consultant.