Do Hamsters Carry Disease?

James Glover
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QuestionI 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? (Sherri - Location withheld)

Answer

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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