With all of the excitement about the solar eclipse this year, many pet owners are worried about the effect it will have on their pets.
What do I need to know about my pet and the solar eclipse?
Most pets will probably not react significantly to the eclipse.
Some animals change their behavior during a total eclipse. For instance, some treat the eclipse like twilight due to the temporary darkness and quick change in temperature. But pets should not be as influenced by the event because they rely on us for their daily schedule.
Cows have been known to return to the barn and chickens to roost during solar eclipses in the past. Some people report nocturnal animals making brief appearances during past eclipse events.
Your pet is most likely to react to the excitement and people around them during the eclipse than the eclipse itself.
What should I do with my pet during the eclipse?
Looking directly into the sun can cause permanent damage to your pet’s eyes, but most pet owners don’t need to worry. Most pets won’t look directly at the sun. But you can always leave your pet indoors with the blinds closed to keep their eyes safe.
This event can be treated like fireworks in July: If you’re having a party or going to watch the eclipse, it may be best to leave your pet at home or make sure they have a nice quiet place to go. If you have your dog outside, make sure you keep them on a leash.
If your pet typically reacts negatively to weather events, it’s also best to keep them inside during the eclipse.