Do Hamsters Carry Disease?

I want to get a hamster. My mom said okay but my dad said I can't get one because hamsters carry diseases and he doesn't want me to get sick the only way I can get one is if they don't carry diseases. Do they?

Of course hamsters can carry disease, as can any other animal, but it is very, very unlikely that if your hamster is sourced from a good pet shop and is kept in a safe and healthy manner that he should have any disease at all. Tell your dad that a hamster is no more dangerous in terms of disease than a cat or dog.

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