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18 July 2018, 07:44 | Updated: 18 July 2018, 07:51
Recognise the signs of hay fever in your pets and learn how to treat them.
It's been a summer of sneezing and wheezing for a lot of people up and down the country as pollen levels reach a twelve-year high.
But it's not just humans who are feeling the affects - our fur babies are too.
Pets can develop hay fever symptoms similar to those that we experience, such as sneezing, itchy skin, runny noses and painful ears. Dogs can also end up relentlessly chewing their feet.
Animal Friends pet insurance revealed that English bulldogs, labradors and golden retrievers are the breeds most likely to end up with hay fever.
Cats are less likely to develop sneezing and watery eyes but could end up coughing due to feline asthma.
If your cat or dog shows signs of hay fever, it is recommended to go to the vets to ensure that they are given any medication they may need to ease their symptoms.
There are also other things you can do to reduce their level of irritation:
1. Give dogs a cool bath.
2. Wash your pet's bedding once a week with hot water and ensure it is fully dry before use.
3. Don't keep flowers or plants inside the house.
4. Avoid having your pet in the garden when cutting the grass.
5. Clip your dog's coat if they have long fur.
6. Monitor the amount of time your fur baby is outside for when the pollen count is high.
7. Use an air conditioner in your house overnight to filter out the pollen.
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