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Hayfever can affect pets, too [15/05/2007]
As summer draws ever closer, many Britons may find themselves suffering from hayfever, but an expert states that pets may also fall victim to the condition.

Pet insurance firm Churchill states that during the summer months, claims are likely to increase for seasonal ailments - many of which also affect humans.

"In the summer months we are more likely to see claims for medical expenses relating to skin allergies and hayfever," a spokesperson from the pet insurance provider said.

Additionally, the expert added that some breeds of animal were more susceptible to seasonal complaints than others.

Symptoms of allergies in animals can include scratching or rubbing the face, persistent grooming, hair loss and breathing difficulty, however vets can provide tests for consumers to find out what their pet is allergic to.

In addition, expensive bills may be cheaper for an animal owner with pet insurance, as trips to the vets may be covered under their policy.

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