Protecting your pets during the solar eclipse

Published: Aug. 18, 2017 at 4:01 PM CDT
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Staring directly into the sun can cause major retinal damage and experts have made it clear protective glasses are needed for this rare solar eclipse. But do your pets need glasses too?

"I don't think are pets are even going to know it's happening to be honest with you," says Tyson Pompelia, veterinarian. "I don't know many animals that stare at the sun. I don't think it's going to be an issue for our pets."

Pompelia says our furry friends' behavior should stay normal too. No full moon madness is expected.

"The crickets aren't going to start chirping and the birds aren't going to start singing and I don't think, in our area, we are going to notice that," says Pompelia.

Our area will see almost complete darkness at the peak of the eclipse but it will only last just over a minute. The potential for eye damage is still there though, even just for that one minute.

"Just be on the safe side," says Pompelia. "Put them inside and shut the blinds."

The eclipse will peak around 1:30 Monday afternoon with the entire event taking about three hours.