Danielle Braff

Danielle Braff

Danielle is a freelance writer who loves taking walks with her 4-year-old cocker spaniel, whom she drags around Chicago multiple times a day. She and her husband also have two cats and two daughters.

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The Surprising Risks of Feeding Your Dog Raw Food

The Surprising Risks of Feeding Your Dog Raw Food


Of all the dog food trends out there (gluten-free! limited ingredients!) raw food is one of the most persistent. There’s a perception out there that raw is better because it’s how pups’ ancestors (aka wolves) ate. And while it’s definitely less processed, which is a nutritional win, there are potential consequences that come along with raw that

Natural Ways to Ease Your Pup’s Stiff Joints

Natural Ways to Ease Your Pup’s Stiff Joints


It’s tough to see your once sprightly pup, who used to bound through the dog park, hobbling around with stiff legs. It’s not that he’s getting lazy in his old age, though—there’s a good chance he’s suffering from canine arthritis: Up to 70 percent of pups will develop degenerative joint disease, as their cartilage

The Heart-Healthy Foods That Can Help Save Your Pup's Life

The Heart-Healthy Foods That Can Help Save Your Pup's Life


Your dog doesn't eat bacon for breakfast, and he'll never turn down a game of fetch, so surely he's not at risk for heart disease, right? Actually, nearly 8 million dogs in the United States already have heart disease (that's 10 percent of all pups). Canine heart problems can be congenital, where the defect has been present since birth and

7 Ways Your Pup Makes You a Healthier, Happier Human

7 Ways Your Pup Makes You a Healthier, Happier Human


You swear you can feel your stress level go down when you pet your pup, right? And you're pretty convinced your heart rate goes down when your dog is by your side. Well, it's not all in your head; science actually proves what we pet parents have known forever: that having a dog is actually good for your health (like

The Best Immune-Boosting Foods for Your Pup

The Best Immune-Boosting Foods for Your Pup


Sick as a dog? It's that time of year when we're coughing and sneezing up a storm. Our pups, on the other hand, don't seem to be susceptible to bad cases of the sniffles. But they do have an immune system that's pretty similar to humans: dogs have white blood cells that fight infections, and they make antibodies to prevent