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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Can they get each other sick?

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    • BunnyLass568
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        Sorry for the click bait-y like title and also sorry if this doesn’t belong here. Does anyone know if hedgehogs and rabbits can get each other sick? I know rabbits have something that can get guinea pigs really sick and I know hedgehogs are a different species but still….I ask because my older sister and her boyfriend are coming up Dec 16th to get their Christmas presents before they go to Florida for a vacation and they’re leaving their hedgie with us for a week-10 days and I want to take as good care of her as I can.

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      • DanaNM
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          Hmmm I’m not sure, but a quick googling and scan of some hedgehog forums(!) looks like there isn’t much risk:

          https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/threads/hedgies-and-bunnies.2988/

          https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/threads/can-hedgehogs-spread-disease-to-rabbits.112914/

          Even with guinea pigs and buns, there isn’t a terribly huge risk, you just don’t want to keep them in the same cage. Hedgehogs are pretty different from rabbits as a species, so there is less risk of swapping diseases. To be on the safe side you could have the hedgehog’s enclosure in a different room, not allow them to contact each other, and wash your hands in after handling each or contacting litter, etc.

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        • LBJ10
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            I don’t know of many diseases that hedgehogs and bunnies might share. I agree with Dana that the risk is likely very low. Even if they did happen to have something that could spread to a bunny, they would have to be in the same enclosure in order to spread it. I’m thinking ringworm as an example, but it certainly wouldn’t be the only one. Hopefully that helps.

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