STATES CHRONICLE – Americans are looking forward to the biggest astronomical event of the year, the full solar eclipse. If you have already made all the plans for the viewing, make sure you haven’t forgotten about your furry friends. Before deciding whether to take your pets with you or not during the eclipse, make sure it’s safe for them to do so. There are split opinions, but there is indeed some danger present for your animals during the eclipse.
How dangerous are eclipses for pets?
Some veterinarians think it should be fine for you to bring your pets outside during the eclipse. However, others adopt the mentality ‘better safe than sorry’, and advise people to be cautious. Leaving your cats and dogs inside while the eclipse is taking place might be better, since you can’t really control what your pet is looking at, or when it’s doing so.
Pets are as much in danger during eclipses as humans are. If they look directly at the sun, they risk having their retinas burnt. It’s easy to tackle this as a human, as you know when you shouldn’t look at the sun, or when you should be wearing protection.
You can’t tell your animal where to look
However, animals are harder to control. Therefore, they are at risk of suffering solar retinopathy, which is the medical term for getting one’s eyes burnt. What is even more worrying about this is that you don’t feel much pain as this happens. Even so, it’s still serious, and the consequences can be huge.
When retinae come into contact with much too powerful light, they release some chemicals which damage the eye, and their cells start burning. In the most severe instances, the sun might cause peculiar growths burnt into the back of the eye. Therefore, this should be enough to convince you to keep your pets away from the sunlight.
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