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Beware Exotic Pets
Dreaming of a pet hedgehog?
If you have a young child, think twice. New research warns exotic animals can be hazardous to their health.
Taking care of a pet can be a lot of fun for kids. But new research shows that the type of animal you welcome into your home have can have a real impact on your child’s health.
New research from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that children under five should not have exotic pets (think hedgehogs, hamsters, baby chicks, lizards, turtles, etc.) because they can carry dangerous and potentially deadly germs. In addition, these pets may be more prone than cats and dogs to bite, scratch or claw.
The report also goes on to say that kids that young should avoid contact with these animals in petting zoos or other public places. Children are at risk for getting sick after kissing the animals or touching them and then putting their hands in their mouths.
Do you have an unusual pet—or are you thinking of getting one? Tell us why below.