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Old 09-17-2008, 05:03 AM   #1
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Can a little animal trigger asthma attacks ?

Ok it may sound silly but since my daughter has had her hamster I have been having bad asthma in the evenings again. Now i do know that animals can trigger allergies, but the thing is it is such a tiny russian hamster (I dont touch him or even look at him much !) he is in the living room in the evenings cos hes too noisy for her to keep in her room at night so he stays in the living room.
she cleans him out regulary but i wondered if it was the smell, even tho he gets cleaned out regularly he stinks and i think the amonia smell is effecting my asthma, could this be the case ? - it just seems strange that i havent needed my steroids for about 5 months but the past 3-4wks since shes had the hamster i keep using my ventolin esp at night and occasionally in the day, so think i should start using the steroids again.

 
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Re: Can a little animal trigger asthma attacks ?

Yes, the hamster in the same room with you could trigger your asthma. In this case, size doesn't matter . Try keeping him somewhere else in the evening and see if it helps. Good luck.

 
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Old 09-18-2008, 03:19 AM   #3
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Re: Can a little animal trigger asthma attacks ?

Thanks rudiraven, will give it a try and see what happens - poor little hammy - he keeps getting moved out !!!

 
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Re: Can a little animal trigger asthma attacks ?

It's usually the small animals feces(sp? Poop) that will trigger asthma problems ..so make sure the cage is changed frequently and you're not the one changing it ..we've had rabbits that do the same thing too..cute and cuddly and tiny but they can be deadly .......

 
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