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IMPORTANT — If you have immediate health concerns about your pet, contact your veterinarian or local emergency animal hospital.The Animal Store Blog posts occasional questions to and answers from one of our favorite vets. This column is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered a substitute for regular veterinary care for your pet.
by Dr. Kristin Valdez Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital You asked: Can rabbits be litter trained? Answer Yes! Rabbits can be litter trained. You need a little patience and the right bedding. Spayed or neutered rabbits are much more successful at litter training, since they don't have the desire to mark their territory. The key is to use organic litter, such as unscented Carefresh bedding. Other brands [...]
by Dr. Kristin Valdez Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital In addition to spending time with your pet and socializing him or her, did you know that small animal enrichment is vital to your pet’s well-being [...]
by Dr. Kristin Claricoates Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital April is National Heartworm Awareness Month. Here's what you need to know. What animals need to be concerned about heartworm? At this time, heartworm [...]
by Dr. Kristin Valdes Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital Some may call them cute Others are a little wary. Don’t be afraid, though, Reptiles aren’t that scary! Happy October! Did you know that October 21 is Reptile Awareness [...]
OK, we're about a week early (fall officially starts Tuesday, September 22), but we're really excited about ferrets. So excited, in fact, that for every ferret we sell between now and October 8, The Animal [...]