1. What Happens if You Don’t Spay and Neuter

    For many pet owners, it’s second nature to spay and neuter a newly adopted dog or cat. For all intents and purposes, spay and neuter surgeries are almost synonymous with adoptions in general, but despite that, there are many owners who might be reluctant to pursue these operations which alter the pets from being the way that nature intended. If the prospect of spaying or neutering a cat or dog s…Read More

  2. Why Cats Are Such Picky Eaters

    There is a boatload of differences between cats and dogs, and this is never more apparent than when you feed them human food. It’s safe to assume that the dog will jump right in with no regard to their personal health or safety. If they could eat an entire loaf of bread in one sitting, they would. Cats, on the other hand, are much more picky, turning up their noses at almost anything that’s no…Read More

  3. Great Pet Movies to Watch

    We all love making bonds with our pets, and that’s one reason why we started up West Ballantyne Animal Hospital in the first place — pets move us, add companionship to our lives, and help us to feel happy in times of sadness. While some people know early on whether they want to have pets or not, there are also plenty of folks who feel inspired to get a dog or cat after being inspired by movies…Read More

  4. How to Keep Your Cats Cool in the Summer

    While we often feel gross when we’re sweaty, it’s much more of a blessing than a lot of people realize. Humans’ ability to sweat is a massive boon to our survivability in hot environments, as it allows the body to naturally cool itself while we keep moving. Unfortunately, animals aren’t so lucky, and when it comes to the hot summer, your pets require other methods to keep them cool. In a s…Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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