Dogs and cats in for ruff summer time as tens of millions to be hit by summer time hay fever

Millions of cats and dogs are in for a ruff summer as a hay fever boom pounces on our precious pets.

Health experts have already told Brits to brace themselves for pollen bombs sweeping the nation after a flurry of sunny spells.

But vets have also warned allergy season can be just as miserable for our furry friends, with one in 10 dogs getting hay fever.

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And in more bad news for mutts, vets have advised no more rolling in the grass and lots more baths and fur trimming in a bid to keep them out of danger.

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Our furry friends are in for a tough summer (stock)

A Pets at Home spokesperson said: “You may notice sneezing, red itchy eyes, a runny nose and rashes on the face or paws.”

Pet owners are being advised walk their animals at the beginning and end of the day.

Vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan, of charity PDSA, said: “You can reduce symptoms by taking dogs out when pollen is low.”

Cats can be given antihistamine tablets to ease symptoms.

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Pet owners have been warned to take their beloved animal to the vet if they are showing any symptoms (stock)

A Cats Protection spokesperson said: “Some have an allergic reaction to pollen, mainly causing itchy skin. Life-long medication can be prescribed.”

Both dog and cat owners were told to take pets to a vet if they have hay fever symptoms, to rule out other problems.

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