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Horse with hay fever
Exhall, Coventry

A horse has to sleep on shredded newspaper because he has the equine equivalent of hay fever.

If Teddy is exposed to hay or straw, he starts coughing and wheezing as if he were having an asthma attack.

Owner Samantha Ashby, 19, also has to damp down his feed to get rid of any dust spores, reports the Mirror.

She said: "Straw and hay are banned from his stable. If he is exposed to the dust spores, he looks really pitiful and very chesty."

Samantha, of Exhall, Coventry, keeps a supply of medicine ready to treat Teddy if he has an attack.

Vet Paul James said: "It is similar to hay fever in humans in that it causes a narrowing of the bronchial airways, which allow air into the lungs.

"In an ideal world, we would give Teddy a permanent anti-histamine or steroid inhaler. But prevention is better than cure. I would advise he is kept away from hay completely."

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