At West Ballantyne Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves on providing the best pet care for puppies and adult dogs. Our local veterinarian has been practicing for more than a decade, and he loves providing dog care for your furry companions. If you are looking to get your dog microchipped, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, or examined at a regular pet check-up, we invite you to book an appointment at our vet clinic in Charlotte, NC. And, if you are curious about what you can and can’t feed your dog, how often you should bring your dog to the vet, or you have other questions, scroll through our blog posts below to learn more!

  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. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  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