Headlines How Will Pets React to the Eclipse? Published 3 years ago on August 17, 2017 By PETS+ Staff Share Tweet Fortunately they don’t like to look at the sun. As the Aug. 21 eclipse draws near, many pet owners wonder what the event might mean for their beloved companions. After all, humans risk serious eye damage if they watch the eclipse without proper eye protection. Retailers across the country have been selling out of NASA-approved eclipse viewers. Fortunately, eye damage from the eclipse is not much of a risk for pets. People.com quoted Angela Speck, director of astronomy at the University of Missouri, noting that pets aren’t in the habit of looking at the sun. Advertisement “And on this day, they’re not going to do it, either,” she said. That said, it’s not entirely possible to predict how a given animal will react. NASA states on its website: “It has been reported during many eclipses that many different animals are startled by totality and change their behavior thinking that twilight has arrived. You can explore this yourself with your own pets, or by watching local wildlife, especially birds.” Some dogs and cats may become anxious because of all the people who gather outside to watch the eclipse. For that reason, it may be best to keep your pets inside with the shades drawn during the event, experts say. All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun on Monday. This is the first of its kind in the U.S. since 1979. Anyone within the path of totality can see a total solar eclipse, and observers outside this path will see a partial solar eclipse. Advertisement Related Topics: click to Comment(Comment) Advertisement You may like Promoted Headlines Category Spotlight: Terry Naturally® Animal Health Category Spotlight: eTailPet Are You Ready For Adventures Beyond The Backyard? Tall Tails Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Photo Gallery7 hours ago Get Inspired by These Chew Displays at Indie Pet Stores Press Releases22 hours ago Lightspeed Unlocks New Revenue Stream for North American Retailers with the Launch of Subscriptions Press Releases22 hours ago Zesty Paws Names New CFO True Tales5 days ago Employees: Leave Your Pot at Home to Keep Your Job Columns1 week ago How Beer Helped Me Promote My Pet Business Columns1 week ago 3 Things Customers Want and Need from Pet Businesses Trace's Store School2 days ago Video: Trace’s Store School Covers Lessons Learned from COVID-19 America's Coolest2 weeks ago Video: Take a Tour of Bark Life in Seminole, FL Trace's Store School3 weeks ago Video: Learn How to Do Holiday on a Budget at Trace’s Store School Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important newsand business ideas from PETS+. Advertisement Most Popular True Tales5 days ago Employees: Leave Your Pot at Home to Keep Your Job Columns1 week ago How Beer Helped Me Promote My Pet Business Columns1 week ago 3 Things Customers Want and Need from Pet Businesses Headlines1 week ago Yelp to Flag Businesses Accused of Racism With ‘Consumer Alerts’ Photo Gallery5 days ago 19 Photos That Show Why Dexter’s Deli Is One of America’s Coolest Pet Stores Photo Gallery4 days ago New Edibles for Cats, Vegan Bars for Dogs and Toys for the Holidays [GALLERY] Columns4 days ago 4 Tips for Negotiating the Best Lease for Your Pet Business Real Deal1 week ago How Do You Handle Know-It-All Customers in Your Store?