Our family certain had dogs when I was a youngster. There were hamsters too, in elaborate cages. There were so many other animals / pets too, so there must have been a confluence of germs:

“Exposing your children to the joys of pet ownership may, in some cases, also mean exposing them to infections and injuries.

Parents need to be aware of the dangers — including salmonella infection and even monkey pox — of owning such nontraditional pets as rodents, reptiles, monkeys and more, says a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published in the October issue of Pediatrics.”

link: For Some Animals, There’s No Place at Home

link: 8 Pets That Pose Major Health Threats to Kids

It is just not easy being a kid these days.