Warning: Keep pets inside during the eclipse

Posted at 6:16 AM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-21 06:16:40-04

INDIANAPOLIS (WRTV/CNN) – Though people know it’s dangerous for humans to watch the solar eclipse without proper eye protection, many don’t realize it can also be unsafe for your pets.

Experts say that during the eclipse, a dog or cat’s eyes could be damaged because their eyes are as sensitive as a human’s.

However, dogs and cats don’t typically stare into the sun for a prolonged period of time, according to veterinarian Dr. Trish Wiggers.

“It’s a risk. It’s not likely to happen, but if you want to be on the safe side, just keep them inside for those few hours,” Wiggers said.

Even looking at the eclipse briefly can cause blindness and retinal burns, potentially leading to permanent damage. Because the damage is painless, you might not notice something is wrong until days after the event.

Most dog owners in Indianapolis say that means they will be keeping their beloved pets inside Monday – just in case.

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