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Would it be possible that a hamster cause an asthma attack or trigger some asthma symptoms?

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Dr. Matthew Majzun
Pulmonary Critical Care 14 years experience
Certainly possible: Some people's asthma is triggered by allergens in the air. While you may not be allergic to the hamster itself, you may be allergic to the material in its bedding. Monitor your symptoms and see when they are worse. If it's only when cleaning the cage, you may be able to where a simple mask or try changing the bedding material. If it's bad all the time though, may want to find him a new home.

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