As you have probably heard, in a matter of hours here on the East Coast we will get to experience a solar eclipse…how cool! For those of you who don’t know what one is, according to NASA “Sometimes when the moon orbits Earth, it moves between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching Earth. This causes an eclipse of the sun, or solar eclipse. During a solar eclipse, the moon casts a shadow onto Earth.” We all have been warned to not look directly into the sun or to wear special protection glasses. However, the big question that seems to be buzzing around is ‘what about our pets safety?’
Thanks to the good folks at Chewy.com, they have written up a quick article that we wanted to share with some pet safety tips.
“Dogs and cats, just like us, are at risk for damaging their retinas if staring at the eclipse,” warns Dr. Alison Birken, owner and DVM of Victoria Park Animal Hospital who recommends that all pets stay safely indoors during the hours of the solar eclipse. And Dr. Stephanie Liff, DVM, medical director of Pure Paws Vet Care of Hell’s Kitchen and Clinton Hill points out, “In general, with strange phenomenons in terms of the weather and lunar cycles, we can see strange and anxious behavior increase in our pets.” While animals typically know not to stare directly into the sun, “I recommend putting pets inside for the total solar eclipse,” relays Dr. Liff. “I think it’s always better to be safe than sorry.”
To read the full article, click here: https://www.chewy.com/petcentral/total-solar-eclipse-2017-pet-safety-tips/
Remember to keep your pets safe and enjoy the eclipse if you are able to!!