1. How to Prepare Your Dog for the Vet Clinic

    Welcome back to our series about making vet trips less stressful for your pets! In part one, we talked about how to acclimate your cats to vet trips, and in this blog post, we’ll be focusing on dogs! While dogs handle vet trips much better than cats do in certain ways, they still experience their fair share of stressors, and there are always things you can do to make the experience more agreeabl…Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Kids a Pet

    Thinking about getting a pet for your kids? Read this first. Nothing is more adorable than a kitten or a puppy. They’re cute, playful, and easy to love. Therefore, it often seems like the perfect idea to gift kittens, bunnies, and puppies to our children. However, people tend to forget that with pets come enormous responsibility. Oftentimes, these innocent pets are taken back to the shelter or a…Read More

  9. How to Avoid Dog Accidents in the House

    It’s one thing when you first bring home a puppy and he starts leaving behind little puddles during the day while you’re gone, but it’s another thing entirely when a full grown dog has started leaving messes when they didn’t before. If you are worried about your dog and their health, especially when it comes to making messes inside when they weren’t before, it’s time to read on and lea…Read More

  10. Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog – Part 1

    Your dog probably has a tendency of eating just about everything that tumbles off your dinner table and onto the floor. While this might seem harmless, there are actually quite a few human foods out there that are dangerous for dogs to eat! If you need dog care immediately, in the case of them eating something that they should not have, then bring them to see the professionals at West Ballantyne A…Read More