Hound Halloween Safety tips

  • Don't feed your hound Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum.) Both are toxic to dogs. If your hounds eat either, contact your vet or the emergency vet immediately.
  • Make sure your hound is wearing identification (microchip, collar, your personal ID information and your hounds' star-shaped GPAN ID tag) in case your he escapes while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters.
  • Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets. Ditto electrical cords you're using to light decorations.
  • Use baby gates or other barriers to keep your hound away from the front door.
  • If you dress your hound for trick or treat, use a costume that fits properly and is comfortable and that won't interfere with your hound's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Most importantly, never leave your hound unsupervised while he's wearing a costume.
  • Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from pets. They're not dog toys.
  • Keep your hound and other pets inside while trick or treating is underway. The best solution is to put a baby gate up at the front door. Better yet, baby gate them in another part of the house. Give spooky or shy dogs a safe zone where they are less likely to be distressed about strangers.

Listen to Animal Tracks podcast Halloween Pet Safety Tips for more advice health and safety this Halloween.

Date Change

Winter Gathering Feb. 22

Please note this date change. The 2015 Winter Gathering has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22. The management of the Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro, where we have held the Winter Gathering for nine years, required this change due staff cuts.

The good news? Everything else at this popular event is the same, including the popular fun run, games, foster dogs and vendors selling everything you and your hound could want. Questions? Email gpanasvhille@gmail.com. Preregistration for will begin Feb. 1.