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Brendan Howard

Writer and editor Brendan Howard has written on pet and veterinary topics for more than 13 years and currently hosts the Veterinary Business Success Show podcast. 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.
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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Urinary tract infections in cats can be painful and lead to other issues. Know the signs so you can treat your cat's UTI quickly.
Cat owners should steer clear of these houseplants or garden plants. (Sneak peek: Lilies and tulips are out. Orchids and roses are in.)
Your dog loves chasing bugs, and she's finally been stung by a wasp. Here's what to watch for, how to prevent, and how to treat these painful insect bites.
What will you wind up calling your sleek new canine friend?
If you notice your dog isn't eating as much anymore or he's getting too thin, this veterinary nutritionist has some advice for helping your pup get healthy again.
Although many plants are toxic for cats if eaten, these houseplants and popular garden additions are safe for cats to be around.
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The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center takes calls about possible pet poisonings 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. An expert shares the most common pet toxins in 2021, along with advice on how to prevent poisoning.
A small piece or two of ham might be OK for a cat once in a while ... but some cats should steer clear.
Although many plants are toxic for cats if eaten, these houseplants and popular garden additions are safe for cats to be around.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center takes calls about possible pet poisonings 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. An expert shares the most common pet toxins in 2021, along with advice on how to prevent poisoning.
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.
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Avoid candy dangers, decoration mishaps, and the frightening experience of a lost pet with these tips for a safe and happy Halloween.
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?
Some fruits and veggies are toxic for pups. Are apple slices, applesauce, or whole apples good for dogs? Find whether apples are safe, and how much is okay to feed them.
It may be pumpkin spice season, but read this before you share those sweets with your canine companion.
Need to pare down your dog's pear consumption? We asked two veterinarians if this juicy fruit belongs in your pet's diet and here's what they recommend.
Poison hemlock has sprouted up in almost every state this year. What do you do if your pet comes in contact with it?
Most dogs probably won't eat this bland vegetable (sorry celery enthusiasts). But here's what you need to know if your dog does dig the stalks.
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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.