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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Why Peas Are a Healthy Part of Your Pup’s Diet

Why Peas Are a Healthy Part of Your Pup’s Diet

Eat your peas! Most humans have this common parental refrain stuck in their heads from childhood. So we assume that they must be the most nutritious of veggies—and they are, for the most part. The same goes for feeding them to our pups (and most actually like the taste!) However, there are a few caveats when including them in

How to Calm a Pup with Serious Separation Anxiety

How to Calm a Pup with Serious Separation Anxiety


When I adopted my Cocker Spaniel three years ago, her separation anxiety was so bad that she would cry the entire time when I left the house. I know this because I’d stand outside, listening to her wail until I couldn’t take it any longer—and then I’d rush back in, and tearfully promise her that I’

Everything You Need to Know About the Dog Flu

Everything You Need to Know About the Dog Flu


This year’s flu season has been the worst in years for humans. But what about for dogs? Turns out, pups can get the flu, too—and it’s just as miserable for them as it is for us. They can suffer from a fever, cough, loss of appetite and general lethargy. The dog influenza virus is different from the

Should Sunflower Oil Be Part of Your Pup’s Diet?

Should Sunflower Oil Be Part of Your Pup’s Diet?


Sunflower oil seems harmless enough: It’s compressed from sunflower seeds, which come from sunflowers, and it’s high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are lauded for making your pup’s fur soft and shiny. Must be a slam dunk, right? Not so fast, says Dr. Babette Gladstein, a veterinarian based in New York. Sometimes oils—even ones that are

How to Protect Your Dog’s Paws All Winter Long

How to Protect Your Dog’s Paws All Winter Long


Baby, it’s cold outside, and even though your pup’s tail starts wagging the minute you mention a walk, that doesn’t mean he’s ready to deal with salty sidewalks and freezing temperatures. “While some breeds are better equipped for cold weather than others, dogs are just as sensitive to the cold as we are,” says Jeanne Budgin,