1. What to Do for an Overly Itchy Dog

    Scratching is normal with any animal, but there is such a thing as a pet that’s itching and licking more than normal. If you’ve noticed that your pup is scratching more than usual, and you’re not sure why or what to do, the team at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital is here to help. Our team of veterinarians has seen dogs scratch for a myriad of reasons, each requiring a different type of treat…Read More

  2. Summer Safety Tips for Your Dog

    Summer is a favorite season for many. The warm weather and endless opportunities to get out and enjoy the great outdoors make it easy to enjoy time with your furry friend. That being said, there are some things that you should be prepared for as you spend time outdoors this summer. In today’s blog, the team at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital want to talk to you about a few summer safety tips tha…Read More

  3. How to Prepare Your Cat for the Vet Clinic

    Anyone who has had to take their cat to the vet knows just how stressful it can be for our feline friends. Cats, as opposed to dogs, generally loathe leaving their places of comfort, and their stress is exacerbated by the special “attention” they get from the vet. It’s important to know how to make vet trips less stressful for your pets! In this blog series, we’ll provide tips on how to do…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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