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Susceptibility to Disease

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Although there are very few diseases which hamsters can contract, they are highly susceptible to diseases which can be passed from either humans or other animals. This is one of the main reasons why hamsters are used so much in laboratories for initial testing of medicine and vaccinations.

In particular, Teddy-Bear Hamsters tend to be very susceptible to disease so special care must be taken with them. Since children are generally the primary care-givers for hamsters, they often neglect the health of the animal whether intentionally or unintentionally. For this reason parents must keep a close watch on the actions of their children and the health of the hamster. You cannot allow your child to be the sole caregiver for a hamster because the hamster will be at a much greater risk of disease and infection.


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