Cat and dog owners told 'keep pets inside' as much as possible this summer

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Pet owners have been advised to keep their cats and dogs indoors until the "evenings" over the summer months due to high pollen levels. A spokesperson from Pets at Home explained that pets can exhibit symptoms similar to humans, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and rashes.

Tree pollen, which affects around 25 per cent of people, typically occurs from late March to mid-May. The majority of people are allergic to grass pollen, which has two peak seasons and lasts from mid-May until July.

Weed pollen can be released at any time, but the season usually spans from the end of June to September, according to the Met Office. Veterinarian Olivia Anderson-Nathan, from charity PDSA, recommends strategic timing for walks to reduce symptoms. "You can reduce symptoms by taking dogs out when pollen is low", she said.


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Dog owners are advised to walk their pets during times when pollen levels are lower, such as early mornings or late evenings, reports Birmingham Live.

Regularly washing and vacuuming your pet's bedding to remove any accumulated pollen brought in from outdoor adventures will also help. Adding skin supplements or oils to your pet's diet can support their skin health, potentially alleviating allergic reactions associated with hay fever.

Everyday Paw Insurance suggests removing the allergen trigger and keeping your dog or cat indoors and out of the garden as much as possible during the summer months - especially during and after mowing the lawn.

Keep a close watch on pollen forecasts and ensure your dog stays indoors when the pollen count is high. Opt for early morning or late evening walks to avoid peak pollen times, typically around midday, and steer clear of areas with long grass or lots of weeds.

To remove any pollen, wipe your pet's coat and feet with a damp cloth. Maintain a weed-free garden and consider replacing trees that produce heavy pollen.

People have been advised to regularly wash their pet's bedding, vacuum frequently, and remove indoor flowers and plants. Also, keep windows closed and consider using an air-filter system.