1. Don’t Be Fooled By These Dog Myths

    As professional veterinarians at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital, you can bet that we’ve dealt with more dogs in our years of being operational than we can even count. We love every single dog that we treat, but tragically, sometimes dogs end up coming in because of myths and falsehoods that are believed by their owners. With dog ownership being such a common thing in this country, it’s unders…Read More

  2. How to Tell if Your Cat is Sick Or in Pain

    If you didn’t already know, cats have one of the best poker faces out of any animal. While it’s generally easy to tell what emotions are running through a dog’s head, cats are frustratingly more difficult to decipher. In fact, a cat can be in total pain or be seriously sick, and if you’re not paying close attention, you might be none the wiser. That’s why it’s important to look out for…Read More

  3. Indoor Cats and Vaccines: What You Need to Know

    At West Ballantyne animal hospital, we love animals with all our hearts and we encourage every pet owner to go through every possible measure to keep their cats and dogs as happy and healthy as possible. However, there are a lot of kitty owners who wonder if cat vaccination is appropriate when their pet spends all their time indoors. We know the ins and outs of cat vaccination here at West Ballant…Read More

  4. 5 Signs Your Dog Needs Emergency Vet Care

    We understand the trepidation you might have about taking a trip to the emergency vet — emergency rooms for humans and pets alike can be expensive, time consuming, and can end up being overkill when it ends up being a minor problem. However, there are definitely issues that warrant a trip to the emergency vet. At Ballantyne Animal Hospital in West Charlotte, we’ve seen more than enough cases w…Read More

  5. Common Habits You Should Avoid If You’re a Cat Owner

    Cats are often an attractive choice for aspiring pet owners because of the moniker they’ve earned as being the “easy” pet. Dogs, admittedly, require so much time and attention that some owners compare them to small children. Even if that’s an exaggeration, it does hold true that cats, compared to dogs, are relatively easier to maintain as pets. The problem is that some people take that sen…Read More

  6. Preparing Your Dog for Winter

    For those of you with dogs who just cannot seem to get enough of the great outdoors, we understand! However, sometimes your pup doesn’t know that they can’t handle the winter weather for very long. While most of our pets are covered in fur, some are just not equipped to be out in the cold and deal with the bitter temperatures. How can we make sure that your dog stays warm and in good health? H…Read More

  7. How To Care For Your Dog When You Work Full-Time

    Let’s be real: dogs are essentially furry children. They require your time, energy, attention, and care … dog care. While you can expend your resources on your dog, you do it with a good heart. Can anyone imagine life without their best four-legged friend? Having and caring for a dog is one of the simple joys of life. Even though you have to clean up after them and give them lots of attention,…Read More

  8. How To Deal With Your Adult Dog That Goes Number Two In Your House

    Our dogs are incredibly important members of our family, and for those who don’t have children, pets can easily become furry babies. Just as you teach a growing baby how to walk and talk, we train our dogs to sit, shake, and go potty outside. From learning not to beg for food underneath the dining room table to knowing how to inform us when they need to relieve themselves, training and disciplin…Read More

  9. Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog – Part 3

    In our previous few blogs, we’ve covered some of the most toxic foods to dogs. Some will just irritate your pup's stomach, but others can leave them with kidney diseases, digestive disorders, and possibly even death. Today, we are covering more of the top foods you should never feed to your dog in order to keep them safe. Should your dog accidentally consume one of the items on this list, please…Read More

  10. Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog – Part 2

    In one of our previous posts, we mentioned some of the top foods that your dog should never eat: xylitol, avocado, alcohol, onions and garlic, and caffeine. If your dog has consumed any of these, please call us immediately for assistance! Unfortunately, that isn’t the full list of foods that can harm your dog and lead to medical problems almost immediately. Read on to learn more about what foods…Read More