can a person with PA have a hamster?

Posted on: Tue, 05/21/2002 - 5:25am
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pMy dd has wanted a hamster for a while and I said we could get one after we completed our Allergy Shots, reached mainenance, But the thing about it that I did not realize, since I have not had a pet for many, many years, is that they have a diet rich in peanuts seeds , nuts of all kinds. My kids have peanut and treenut allergies ,so now what do i do? I have called some pet stores and an animal hospital with no real luck they all seem to think it will not survive without the store bought hamster food and of course they do make a variety without peanut/tree Nut but that is contaminated of course. Does that really mean if you are Peanut Tree Nut allergic you can not have a Hamster as a pet?/p
pThanks for an inputbr /
Bonny/p

Posted on: Tue, 05/21/2002 - 11:00pm
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Perhaps this is a rather dumb thought, but I know some people make dog bones or snacks for their pets. Perhaps a hamster could eat some type of homemade feed if there was a recipe.

Posted on: Wed, 05/22/2002 - 8:17am
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Thanks for your reply , not a dumb thought at all I was actually thinking the same thing. I am gonna try it despite being told it will never work from a few sources. appreciate the input thanks
bonny

Posted on: Thu, 05/23/2002 - 2:06pm
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We have a pet hamster. It wasn't too hard finding peanut/tree nut and sesame free hamster food (Nutriphase Hamster and Gerbil formula) and bedding (Carefresh). For treats, I use baby carrots, raw sunflower seeds and commercially made chew biscuits and yogurt drops.
What I would do is go get the hamster, and then not let the kids handle it for a couple of weeks... long enough for any peanut oils in their fur or on it's paws to go away if your kids are contact sensitive.
I wanted to add, I'm not sure if the Nutriphase is cross contaminated, but Jason has never had a problem with it. You could probably formulate your own feed using millet, dried corn, sunflower or safflower seeds and grains such as oats and wheat... that seems to be all that's in the Nutriphase, and you can always supplement with vitamin drops.
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Cheryl, mom to Jason (4) and Joey (2)
[This message has been edited by solarflare (edited May 24, 2002).]

Posted on: Fri, 05/24/2002 - 1:30pm
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We also have a hamster and use feed that doesn't have peanuts in the ingredients list (Hartz Hamster and Gerbil Diet). Joshua doesn't handle the hamster too much, but so far so good.

Posted on: Fri, 05/24/2002 - 11:22pm
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Thanks for the information I really appreciate the response! I will defenitly give that couple week period to make sure the peanut / nut residue is gone , great advice [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]. I am gonna check into the hamster food situation, the more I look the more I began to wonder about cross contamination? I will look into Nutraphise, is that the manuf. name? Thanks
bonny

Posted on: Sat, 05/25/2002 - 3:51pm
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My bag of nutriphase had 1-800-806-7870 as an info line... call between 8am and 8 pm est on weekdays.
If one of the peanut free foods doesn't work for you, try formulating your own... as long as you have seeds, grains and safe legumes supplemented with fresh veggies and fruit the little critter should be fine.
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Cheryl, mom to Jason (4) and Joey (2)
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Posted on: Sun, 05/26/2002 - 9:59pm
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We did have a hampster for a while. We read all ingredients on the pet food we bought and it never had any kind of nuts in it. The problem we had was the opposite. My daughter that we bought the hampster for was allergic to the hampster and when I bought the bedding she was allergic to the shavings. The hampster ended up freezing one night I guess and never woke up. My daughter cried bad but stopped alot of her sneezing. Well good luck with your decision. Claire

Posted on: Fri, 05/31/2002 - 9:12am
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Thanks so much solarflare I got a response from nutraphase and they sounded positive about their product although they said it is on shared lines they do clean between runs, I am comfterable with this we will get our hamster back next week, Thanks!:d
bonny

Posted on: Wed, 12/18/2002 - 8:20am
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solarflare,
I don't write often, but I have to say thanks when there's a topic I use. My daughter will be entering a class where there's a pet for a hamster and your recommendation for safe food sure saved me a lot of grief and worry on how to approach the subject. I called my local Petsmart and they carry it. Hooray!! And thanks again.
Judy

Posted on: Tue, 01/07/2003 - 2:23pm
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I'm glad I was able to help you JudyH!

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