Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Solar Eclipse

As we prepare to witness the awe-inspiring phenomenon of a solar eclipse, it’s essential to remember that our furry friends may need some extra care and attention during this time.

According to Dr. Rena Carlson, the president of the American Veterinary Medical Association Carlson, while certain dogs may exhibit some of the behaviors they normally do when it starts to get dark outside, the eclipse is unlikely to directly affect pets in a significant way.

Here are some tips to ensure the safety and well-being of your pets during the solar eclipse:

1. Keep pets indoors: Strange shadows and changes in lighting during the eclipse may confuse pets. To prevent them from becoming scared or disoriented, keep your pets indoors during the eclipse.

2. Provide distractions: Keep your pets occupied with toys or treats to help divert their attention from the unusual event happening outside. Engaging them in play or offering their favorite treats can help ease any anxiety they may experience.

3. Avoid encouraging your pet to look up or point to the sky. Any human who plans to look directly at the eclipse needs to wear special sunglasses. Pets, however, do not. “They’re outside every day and don’t look up at the sun, so there’s no reason to think they’re going to do that at this point,” Carlson explains. According to Carlson, trying to put glasses on your pet — even for a photo opp — could likely do more harm than good.

4. Be mindful of wildlife and livestock: If you’re driving during the eclipse, be aware of wildlife and livestock on the road. The sudden darkness could cause them to behave unpredictably or stray onto the road. Stay vigilant and drive cautiously to avoid any accidents.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your pets remain safe and comfortable during the solar eclipse. Let’s make this celestial event a memorable and enjoyable experience for both you and your beloved furry companions!

Via the American Kennel Club