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. Tips to Make Walking Your Dog a Bit Smoother

    Has anyone else felt as though movies and television shows made walking a dog look so much easier and enjoyable than when you are walking your dog? If so, find comfort in the fact that you’re not alone! There are countless people (and dogs) that struggle with the daily walks. As with everything, each dog is different, which means that their reasons that routine walks are rough (no pun intended) …Read More

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  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. 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

  10. 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