Category Archives: Special Event

Fall is for Ferret


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 Store will donate $25 to the Greater Chicago Ferret Association.

On October 8, the Greater Chicago Ferret Association is sponsoring the Greatest Ferret Show on Earth. Held at the Kane County Fair Grounds (525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles), tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and $14 for the family. Proceeds go to the Greater Chicago Ferret Association’s no-kill shelter. Look for one of our favorite vets from Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital, who will be giving a speech about heart disease in ferrets in the late afternoon.

For every ferret we sell between now and October 8, The Animal Store will donate $25 to the Greater Chicago Ferret Association

Speaking of our favorite vets, here they are to offer answers to some of your most frequently asked ferret questions.

Ask the Vet … about ferrets

Q: What does a first time owner need to know about ferrets?

A: Ferrets are true carnivores. This means they need meat-based protein, such as Marshall ferret kibble or even whole prey. The majority of pet ferrets (including those at The Animal Store) come from a place called Marshall farms. These ferrets have already been spayed or neutered, and are de-scented (which means the glands that produce strong smells have been removed). Ferrets typically live 7-9 years, and both females and males reach maturity between 8-12 months.

Ferrets are very friendly and active, playing often, but they also love to sleep on and off throughout the day. Like cats, ferrets can be litter-box trained fairly easily. Simply keep the litter box tidy and empty it daily. If your ferret is not using the litter box, pick up the feces and place them in the litter box. This helps ferrets understand the idea of where to defecate. Be sure to empty the box at the end of every day.

Young ferrets are commonly rascals, getting into things or trying to eat things they should not, so always be aware of where your ferret is and what he or she is doing. Ferrets can get a gut upset that causes soft, slimy stool and is a serious illness. If you notice this, see a vet trained in exotic pet care as soon as possible. 

Q: What routine vet visits are needed for a ferret?

A: Plan on seeing an exotic pet vet twice a year with your ferret: once for an annual exam and a distemper booster, and once for a rabies vaccine. Young ferrets may also require more visits that initial year if any irregularities are noted. At the annual exam, we recommend a fecal assessment to check for bacterial upsets and parasites. If your ferret goes outdoors, we also strongly suggest heart-worm testing and prevention. Lastly, for ferrets three years and older, we highly recommend blood work to assess organ functions and signs of infections or other abnormalities.  

Ask the Vet is a regular feature on The Animal Store Blog. We have teamed up with the great veterinarians at Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital, who will answer your most pressing pet questions right here! Do you want to see your question answered on the blog? Leave a comment below or submit it on our contact form.
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Photos from the Harry Potter Party with The Animal Store



Here are some of our favorite photos from launch party of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, held in conjunction with the City of Evanston and Northwestern University on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Kenn had a blast as an American Hagrid, showing off such magical creatures as:

  • an umbrella cockatoo
  • Spur the giant Sulcata tortoise
  • a legless lizard
  • a tarantula
  • a hedgehog
  • a bearded dragon (everyone’s favorite kind of dragon)
  • a smooth-sided toad

Harry Potter, The Animal Store, and Magical Creatures

Harry Potter PartyDid you know that Kenn (that’s right, our own Kenn Bearman, owner of The Animal Store) leads a double life. By day—and to the Muggle World—he is a mild-mannered pet shop owner. But to the wizarding world, he is the American equivalent of Hagrid—gameskeeper and professor of Magizoology—the care and keeping of magical creatures.

Tonight, as part of a day-long celebration of the launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Kenn will be showing off his Magizoological knowledge with a very special Animal Show. All are welcome to the steps of the Deering Library on Northwestern’s campus, where you will get to see a whole variety of fascinating creatures. And here’s a little secret we learned from Kenn—all creatures are magical.

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Steps of the Deering Library
Northwestern University
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL

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