The Eclipse and Your Pets: Understanding the Impact

On Monday, April 8, a rare celestial event will unfold in the skies: a solar eclipse. Another one of this magnitude won’t occur until 2044, making it an extraordinary event to witness. However, as we prepare for this awe-inspiring sight, it’s important to consider how it might affect our beloved pets.

Understanding Animal Behavior During an Eclipse

While the eclipse itself is not the primary concern, it’s the stress related to their environment and the excitement from their humans that can unsettle pets. Keeping pets indoors, away from crowds and unusual activity surrounding eclipse events, can help prevent anxiety.

How to Help Your Pets During an Eclipse

  1. Keep them indoors: To prevent your pets from becoming frightened or disoriented, keep them indoors during the eclipse — close curtains or blinds to reduce the amount of light and noise entering your home.
  2. Provide a safe space: Create a safe and comfortable space for your pets to retreat to during the eclipse. This could be a quiet room with their favorite toys and bedding. Give them a fun distraction like a peanut butter Kong, lick mat, or chew bone while they are hanging out in their safe space.
  3. Maintain Routine: Your pets can sense your emotions, so try to remain calm and reassuring during the eclipse. If you leave the house, turn the TV on, and keep everything as routine as possible.

For information on what to do if you lost or found a pet, please text ‘lost and found’ to 1-844-752-3642 for step-by-step resources to guide you.