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CSU offers eclipse tips for pet owners

By: The Loveland Reporter-Herald
August 20, 2017 Updated: August 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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photo - FILE - This March 9, 2016, file photo shows a total solar eclipse in Belitung, Indonesia. A solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, is set to star in several special broadcasts on TV and online. PBS, ABC, NBC, NASA Television and the Science Channel are among the outlets planning extended coverage of the first solar eclipse visible across the United States in 99 years. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - This March 9, 2016, file photo shows a total solar eclipse in Belitung, Indonesia. A solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, is set to star in several special broadcasts on TV and online. PBS, ABC, NBC, NASA Television and the Science Channel are among the outlets planning extended coverage of the first solar eclipse visible across the United States in 99 years. (AP Photo/File) 

FORT COLLINS — Pet owners should beware that pets may need some extra attention during Monday's eclipse.

Jennie K. Willis, an animal behavior expert and the graduate coordinator for the Professional Science Master's Program in Zoo, Aquarium and Animal Shelter Management degree in the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University, offered tips in a press release.

"Darkness cues certain routines for pets, like going to bed or finding shelter," she said, noting many pets may just go to where they sleep at night.

She recommended pets be left indoors, with curtains drawn and artificial light, to minimize the effect of the moon blocking the sun. Bird cages should be covered because they are especially sensitive to light cues.

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