By Paul Schmitt
With the solar eclipse coming Monday, people may be aware of the precautions needed to protect their eyes but animals are not so fortunate. Some experts believe your pet will be fine outside during the eclipse, while others say you might want to keep them inside. Dr. Jordan Koblicka from Door County Veterinary Hospital and Luxemburg Pet Clinic says the full intensity of the sun is not likely to be out on Monday and that as long as pets due not stare into the sun, they should be fine. According to Live Science, “eclipse blindness” is a condition where human and even pet eyes suffer damage due to looking directly at an eclipse. The event can cause over-stimulation to the retinae of the eye because of too much sunlight that releases “communication chemicals that in turn can damage sensitive parts of your eyes. The solar eclipse is expected to have 75 to 80 percent blockage of the sun in this area and last about two hours starting at about 11:45 Monday morning.