Don't Burn Your Dog's Eyes!
Eclipse! Got yer glasses?
No! Not THESE!
Eclipse glasses! Got 'em? Yeah! What about your dog? (Cat? Horse? Cow?)
Here's what Dr. Google (joke - I mean Google) and a veterinarian I called have to say about pets and the eclipse:
COULD a dog (or any animal) burn his retina looking up at the eclipse? Yes.
WOULD an animal be LIKELY to look at the eclipse? Probably not. But what if he looks up, not out of curiosity, but to look at you, or a bird... Oops. Lifetime damage. Remember, it takes just a few seconds. And you don't FEEL it at the time. It doesn't hurt.
Suggestion: Keep your pets and other animals inside for the eclipse, just in case.
In addition, Dr. Julia Albright, an animal behavior expert at the University of Tennessee, says a dog "might perceive the mid-day darkness as the beginning of a storm," so if your dog has fears during thunderstorms, you may have to take the same measures for the eclipse that you do a storm.
Ok, Kids... Watching the eclipse? Have fun! (But without Fido?)
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