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Brendan Howard

Writer and editor Brendan Howard has written on pet and veterinary topics for more than 13 years. He grew up with indoor and outdoor cats in Southern California, but now lives catless in Kansas. He remembers each meow factory vividly and happily, but he hasn't picked his next one yet.

If you've ever caught your kiddo sharing one of these pint-sized fruits with your pup, no worries! Tangerines are one of the few human foods you can munch on together.
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Like any sweet treat, moderation is key! (Sound familiar?)
Which mushrooms are safe for dogs to eat, and which ones will land your pooch in the veterinary hospital?
Are eggs OK for dogs to eat? Raw, hard-boiled, scrambled, or fried—this hearty breakfast staple is a protein-packed food that dogs can eat safely, with a few caveats.
Lilies and cats are a very bad combination!
Keeping your furry friend safe shouldn't have to mean giving up your gorgeous garden.
Accidental pet poisonings happen every day, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center fields calls about them. We talked to an expert to find out what items are most toxic for pets and what to do to prevent poisoning in the first place.
Some house and garden plants, tree leaves, flowers, and berries are poisonous if eaten by dogs. Find out which ones are toxic and how to recognize the warning signs if your dog has eaten the wrong plant.
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This veterinary toxicologist says cukes are A-OK for canines as a healthy treat. Just watch that you feed them the right way!
It's fine for healthy dogs to walk, run, and frolic in snow—maybe even with snow boots and gear, if needed. But when you're ready to warm up and keep them from traipsing the winter white into your home, here's how to clean off. (It's easier than you think.)
A veterinarian explains why beer is off the menu for your favorite four-legged friend.
Ever close your eyes, open your mouth, and catch snowflakes on your tongue? Your dog might too.
These cats are large and in charge.
The best cat weight loss programs mix a veterinarian's advice with portion control and maybe even a new, special diet.
If your puppy is spending hours and hours snoozing, it's not a warning sign. Your puppy might need 18 hours or more of sleep every day to grow into a happy, healthy adult dog!
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A small piece or two of ham might be OK for a cat once in a while... but some cats should steer clear.
Watch out for ham bones and heavily seasoned recipes before you offer your favorite pooch a bite.
Don't panic about poinsettias in your home this winter, but consider whether you can keep it out of reach of your curious pet before buying one.
It's probably time to get the vet on the phone.
We asked a veterinary toxicologist to find out if there are any benefits to feeding your dog these vitamin-packed seeds.
Autumn means the arrival of this favorite orange gourd. But does the pumpkin on your doorstep and in your favorite fall recipes belong in your dog's diet?
Two feline veterinarians help us understand when a cat is at a normal weight and when he might need to cut back on the snacks.
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Sudden weight loss in a cat can be a sign of a serious medical issue.
If your dog is roaming the yard and your favorite tree is dropping acorns, do you need to worry? We talked to a veterinary toxicologist to find out.
Do cats dream of catching prey and eating food? Do they have nightmares of being frightened by a bigger animal? Do they dream of their owners? Feline-loving veterinarians share their thoughts on what felines might be imagining when they're lying there, twitching and wiggling with their eyes closed.