1. What Your Cat’s Body Language is Telling You

    We at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital know that understanding cats may be difficult, even to cat owners. For example, one moment, your cat may be peacefully sleeping on your lap, but they may suddenly pop up and sprint towards the window to watch a bird outside. However, we know that understanding your cat’s behavior is actually as simple as watching their body language and knowing what it means…Read More

  2. Spay/Neuter Your Pets

    As sad as it is to admit, in every community in the country, there are homeless pets. In fact, the Humane Society estimates that there are 6 to 8 million homeless animals that enter shelters every year, and barely half of these animals find forever homes to take them in. The ones who don’t get homes are often euthanized simply because the shelters do not have the resources to continue to care f…Read More

  3. Help! My Cat Claws my Furniture!

    Hello there, and welcome back to West Ballantyne Animal Hospital’s blog! Today we would like to discuss your cat’s scratching behavior and why they might be doing it. When it comes to stopping your cat from bad behavior, it’s important to remember that knowledge is power. The more you know about cats and their actions, the more likely it is that you will be able to change their behavior. Why…Read More

  4. Common Household Plants that Can Harm Your Pets

    We hear all the time about the wonderful effect that houseplants can have on our energy and mood. While this is great news, it’s also important to note that over 700 different plans have toxins that are poisonous to cats and dogs. Some plants will only cause an upset stomach, but others can be fatal if your furry friend gets ahold of them. If your pet has ingested one of the following plants, be…Read More

  5. Keep your Christmas Tree Cat Friendly

    We’re sure you’ve seen the memes: a wide-eyed cat surrounded by shimmering lights, glistening ornaments, and glittering tinsel or ribbon. The meme-cat has a manic, crazed look in its eyes that tells you how swiftly the holiday ephemera will be obliterated. Unfortunately, memes like this have gained popularity for good reason. Cats are notoriously attracted to the shiny sparkly accoutrements of…Read More

  6. Protect Your Pup During The Holidays

    The holidays can mean a hefty amount of temptation for your dog (and sometimes even for your cat). Between Halloween and New Year’s Day, there will be ample opportunities for holiday baking, pot-luck parties, and of course, the feasts that go along with Thanksgiving and Christmas. If your pet happens to get into something they shouldn’t this holiday season, call Ballantyne Animal Hospital for …Read More

  7. How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

    Your dog’s teeth are very important! Neglecting to care for your dog’s teeth can lead to plaque buildup, bad breath, gum disease, and even life-threatening infections. However, even some owners who know the importance of dental dog care have a hard time brushing their pup’s teeth. Here are a few tips and tricks to make brushing a normal and easy task: Schedule - If your pup is calm and relax…Read More

  8. How to Care for a New Kitten

    Congratulations on your new kitten! Kittens are extremely fun, but they do take a lot of hard work. Be sure you follow these steps to ensure you give your kitten the best start possible: Take It to West Ballantyne Animal Hospital Your kitten will likely need immediate veterinarian care just to ensure that it is healthy and happy. We can check for any birth defects, parasites, and feline leukemia. …Read More

  9. Tips for Bathing Your Dog

    Bathing your dog is one of the most important parts of dog care. It can help with issues like fleas and dirt being spread all over your home. Follow these tips to ensure that your Charlotte pup is well-groomed and happy about it! Positivity Dogs often enjoy being dirty, so it might be difficult to convince your furry pal that he needs a bath. If this is the case, start to give him treats when he …Read More

  10. How to Check Your Dog for Fleas

    We are still in the thick of the summer, which means that your dog is susceptible to fleas! These insects are very active and will feed onto anything they can. Unfortunately, they can hide easily in your pet’s fur and often leave your pet very irritated. What is the best way to check for fleas? West Ballantyne Animal Hospital has tips your dog’s care. Know Your Pet’s Behavior If your dog is …Read More