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.

Shrimp isn't necessarily a danger for dogs, but how you cook it, how much you feed, and your dog's own health may play a role, according to veterinarians.
Sudden weight loss in a cat can be a sign of a serious medical issue.
Does your dog have her eyes on those rib bones sitting on your plate? You may want to reconsider before sharing your leftovers.
We hate to go "bacon" your dog's heart, but you may want to think twice before sneaking a slab of pork to your pup at the next backyard barbecue.
Veterinarians sound off on basic rules to follow if you're going to share this veggie snack with your pup.
The number on the scale might not be the best indicator of your dog's healthy size.
Salmon is an ingredient in many cat foods, but think twice before preparing it at home.
The cute and squishy raspberry is a perfect sweet treat for a healthy dog. Veterinarians just ask that you don’t overdo it.
As a dog treat, cantaloupe is a can-do. But make sure to prepare this water-filled fruit the safe way, veterinarians say.
While peaches are fine for dogs as an occasional treat, here's why you should steer clear of sugar-heavy, peach-flavored products and those dreaded peach pits.
If your dog ate a cherry pit, these veterinarians say you don't need to panic.
Veterinarians explain how peanut and other nut butters fit into a dog's overall nutrition and the one dangerous ingredient to avoid.
While fruits and veggies are healthy foods for humans, dogs' digestive systems are a little different. Take a look at our list of veterinarian-approved fruits dogs can eat before you share this yummy snack with your dog.
Here's when you should and shouldn't give your dog a dog.
Make sure this doesn’t happen to your pup too.
Unfortunately, having fur won't save your fur babies when it comes to your friendly neighborhood blood-sucking bug.
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.
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.
This veterinary toxicologist says cukes are A-OK for canines as a healthy treat. Just watch that you feed them the right way!