A total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States on August 21, 2017 for the first time in 99 years. This rare event will bring onlookers from all across the country as it passes through portions of 14 states. But among the human onlookers will be countless wild animals and pets who will have no grasp on what is happening.
Since this spectacle is so rare, there has been very little research done on how a great solar eclipse affects animals, but there have been past reports of wildlife and pets acting disorientated and bewildered by it all.
If you are planning on watching the solar eclipse next week with your pet, chances are, you do not have much to worry about. The eclipse only lasts a few minutes, and it’s silent – unlike fireworks or thunder. In most cases, a dog may be more frightened by the crowds that may gather to watch, rather than the eclipse itself.
It’s a smart idea to keep your dog leashed up with you while you are watching – just in case something spooks them.
You never want to look directly at the sun as you watch the eclipse, so humans are highly encouraged to purchase and wear special protective sunglasses. Theoretically, your dog is susceptible to the same risk of eye damage from direct sunlight as humans. However, the chances of your dog looking directly at the sun is slim. But since dogs are prone to following a gaze, it may be smart to purchase doggy-eclipse sunglasses for the big event (if for nothing more than the Instagram post!).
This phenomenon is a can’t-miss event next week. Make sure to share the moment with your dog in a safe, fun way.
For more information on how to view the total solar eclipse anywhere in the world using NASA’s interactive map, click here.
For more tips on dog safety, visit www.wagz.com.