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.

30 posts
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,

Should Potatoes Be a Part of Your Pup's Diet?

Should Potatoes Be a Part of Your Pup's Diet?

Potatoes have a bad rep: They’ve been called names (couch potato!) and they’ve been demonized when it comes to putting them in our dogs’ food. But are the really that unhealthy? Or are we projecting our own issues with carbs onto our pups again? To answer this, we turned to Korinn Saker, DVM, Ph.D., an associate professor

Is a 'Limited Ingredient' Diet for Your Dog Worth It?

Is a 'Limited Ingredient' Diet for Your Dog Worth It?

Lately the dog food world has been as obsessed with buzz words as us gluten-free-clean-eating humans. The latest trend? A limited ingredient diet. It’s especially popular with pups prone to allergies, since eating less ingredients generally means less food sensitivities. But is the diet necessarily better for your dog? We turned to Nancy Welborn, a veterinarian and assistant professor

Why Pups Get Pancreatitis and What You Can Do About It

Why Pups Get Pancreatitis and What You Can Do About It

Pups, they’re just like us! They’re suckers for fatty foods—especially when humans give them tastes during the holidays. But those high-fat table scraps can seriously backfire: They’re one of the main reasons why dogs are diagnosed with pancreatitis (the day after Thanksgiving is known as one of the busiest days for pancreatitis emergency vet visits!) The

How to Handle a Pup Who Always Seems Hungry

How to Handle a Pup Who Always Seems Hungry


On the first day we adopted our cocker spaniel, we dumped the portioned food into her bowl, and Lola gobbled it up in 20 seconds. “Poor thing,” I said. She must have been starved at the shelter. So I gave her more. And more. Until I realized that she wasn’t starving. She just loves to eat! Sound familiar? It’