August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will cross the United States. The sudden darkness that comes when the moon momentarily blocks the sun, will cause some animals to experience a range of reactions, including confusion, fright and excitement.
While animals like insects and bats behave as if nighttime has simply come early, other more intelligent animals — chimpanzees, dolphins and llamas — appear to stop and stare at the sky, showing signs of understanding a celestial phenomenon is occurring, or at least that something is off.
So what about birds, cats and dogs?
Birds and farm animals may be prompted to head back to their nest or barn as if it were night-time. While most pet cats and dogs may be not be as affected, some dogs might appear upset or frightened, and perhaps howl, run away, seek cover—similar reactions associated with fireworks. So its best for Fido and Kitty to stay indoors. You can play Om music or mantras if pet is anxious or frightened. Lavender essential oil or pine incense can help as well.
If you Fido will be accompanying you to view this celestial phenomenon, then safety measures are must, no matter who is viewing it. As the moon’s shadow begins to block the sun’s light during the eclipse, the parts of the sun that continue to be visible can burn any eyes, including pets. It may not be in cat or dog's inherently don’t stare at the sun, so the possibility of eye damage is low. But its better to be safe than sorry.
Here a few safe solar viewing measures with fido:
- Keep fido on a leash, the anxiety and excitement around may be too much for fido to handles
- Protective eye wear for Fido and you
- It is also recommended not eat during an eclipse (If you are wondering why, see the Sadhguru's explanation..)
REMEMBER: Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection.
Your best bet, would be keep your pet indoors, but let us know if you see your pet doing anything out of the ordinary.
For details on the eclipse path and time, click here.
"Eclipses have a powerful effect on the body. In terms of energy, the earth’s energy is mistaking this eclipse as a full cycle of the moon. Certain things happen in the planet where anything that has moved away from its natural condition will deteriorate very fast. This is why while there is no change in raw fruits and vegetables, there is a distinct change in the way cooked food is before and after the eclipse. What was nourishing food turns into poison." - Sadhguru