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.

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.
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?)