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How to prepare your pets for the solar eclipse

Posted at 11:21 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 11:57:43-04

Millions of people will look up to the sky Monday as the moon's shadow races across North America. But the solar eclipse is a whole different deal for animals.

Dr. Joanna Stefanatos with Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital reminds us they almost have a sixth sense.

"Animals have that perception of the electromagnetic energy so they know the changes that are going to happen days before they happen," said Dr. Joanna Stefanatos.

Your pet may become uneasy in the days or hours leading up to the event.

"They will be cool, calm, and collected as long as we stay that way," said the doctor.

She wants to warn pet owners to keep your dogs and cats inside unless they have shelter to stay beneath outside because while we have special glasses to wear as we look up at the sky, pets don't have that luxury.

"If they looked up, they could burn their retInas," said Dr. Joanna Stefanatos.

If you're concerned about how your pet might react to the eclipse Monday, the doctor suggests picking up something called "Rescue Remedy". You just add it to your pets water and it calms them down. Plus, it's all natural.