Wide Variety of Services

We know that you don't always know the right terms to look for when trying to find care for your animal, especially when it's an emergency. Feel free to examine our service offerings below, but don't be discouraged if you don't see what you're looking for. Give us a call any time and our trained and professional staff will be right there to help you understand what your animal needs.

Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital

20492 NC HWY 73

Phone: 704-986-0000

Fax: 704-986-0016

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Dr. Amy Jordan

About Dr. Amy Jordan

Amy grew up in a small farming community near the Outer Banks. After graduating from Manteo High School she went to NC State University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor degree in Animal Science in 1998. She went on to Vet School at NC State where she graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Then in April of 2006 she decided the time was right to start her own practice with the intention of providing quality medicine and service to the community.

Strangles (Streptoccous equi var. equi)

What is Strangles?
The disease commonly known as “Strangles” is an upper respiratory disease caused by the bacteria Streptoccocus equi var. equi. This bacterium is not a normal inhabitant of the respiratory tract. Bacteria are shed into the environment via nasal secretions or abscess material. Exposure often occurs when a horse comes into contact with […]

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General Information about Colic
Colic is simply defined as abdominal pain. It is often a sign of a serious medical/intestinal problem. Abdominal problems causing colic are the most common reason for doing surgery and the most common cause of natural death in horses. Colic pain does not point to a specific cause and can have […]

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Winter Weight Loss

Why does my horse loose weight during the winter?
It can be difficult for some horses to maintain good body condition through the winter. Many factors can contribute to the weight loss like poorer quality hay/forage available, bad teeth or missing teeth, and really cold weather. The bottom line is a negative calorie intake. The […]

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Equine Asthma (COPD or Heaves)

Whatever you call it,  Equine Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or Heaves it’s BAD.
General Information
This inflammatory airway disease has had quite a few names.  It was originally called “Heaves” due to the the heaving of the chest and abdominal muscles working very hard to move air.  Then they changed to  it to Chronic […]

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Equine First Aid Kit

These following items are recommended to keep on hand as a first aid kit in your barn and/or in your horse trailer:
Vetwrap 2 rolls
Quilt/Cotton leg wraps
Bandage scissors
Betadine Solution 2%
Triple Antibiotic ointment
Saline eye wash
Hoof pick
Epsom Salts
12 cc syringes
35 cc syringes
18ga. 1 ½” needles
20ga 1 ½” needles
Exam gloves
* Phenylbutazone
* Flunixamine (Banamine)
* These products are available by […]

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Recurrent Uveitis

General Information
This condition, also known as “moon blindness,” is the main cause of blindness in horses. The uveal tract, consisting of the iris and adjacent structures, is the main blood supply of the eye. Toxic, immunologic and/or infections agents in the blood damage the blood vessels of the eye and then can indirectly affect […]

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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

Equine stomach ulcers
General Information
What are stomach ulcers?
Stomach ulcers in horses are erosions in the lining of the stomach, usually caused by excessive acid production and decreased natural buffers like saliva. Grazing horses produce more saliva and have a more alkaline pH in the gut, therefore horses that spend the majority of their time grazing […]

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Equine Protozoal Myeloenchephalitis (EPM)

This disease is very common in North Carolina and is often referred to as the “Possum Disease” or EPM.
What causes EPM?
It is caused the protozoal parasite Sarcocystis neurona. The protozoa is carried by infected opossums and transmitted in the feces and ingested by the horses. From there the parasite migrates from the intestines and […]

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Esophageal Obstruction (Choke)

General Information
Choke is an compaction of feed in the esophagus or obstruction of the esophagus, usually caused by a bolus or lump of food. It is not a tracheal (windpipe) obstruction, which impairs breathing. Your horse cannot swallow but can still breath normally. Patience is important so please remain calm. Most chokes resolve spontaneously […]

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Dental Care and Teeth Floating

General Information
Dental care is an important part of horse management. Dental problems are best prevented by dental examination once or twice a year. The teeth of horses continually grow throughout the animal’s life. The teeth can be used to estimate a horse’s age; however, certain dental problems, such as malocclusion (upper and lower teeth […]

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