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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.

Equine Protozoal Myeloenchephalitis (EPM)

By |March 12th, 2014|

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 into the brain or spinal chord.
What are the clinical signs?
Signs may vary based on the number of parasites and where in the central nervous system they are attacking. Direct damage and killing of nerves cells versus swelling and inflammation around them will determine if the […]

Esophageal Obstruction (Choke)

By |March 11th, 2014|

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 within a few minutes. If a choke persists for more than 20 minutes, or if you are unsure as to how long the horse has been obstructed, please call our office for assistance. Timely treatment is very important due significant irritation caused by the feed […]

Dental Care and Teeth Floating

By |March 11th, 2014|

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 do not meet), broken teeth and abnormal wear (as from cribbing), can make it difficult to estimate a horse’s age. In order to perform a thorough oral exam, your veterinarian will use a full mouth speculum.
To do a quick examination of horse’s teeth:
Lift the upper […]

Laminitis (Founder)

By |March 11th, 2014|

General Information
Laminitis (founder) is a painful condition characterized by inflammation of the blood vessel-filled laminae holding the coffin bone to the inside of the hoof. The term laminitis is a technical term used to describe the sudden onset of laminar inflammation, while the term “founder” is a lay term applied to the same condition. All Laminitis cases are not created equal. Depending on the cause of the inflammation, it may present sudden and severe, or slow, mild, and insidious. This later type will sneak up on you. The more severe the laminitis is at its onset, the greater the […]

Lacerations and Wound Repair

By |March 11th, 2014|

General Information
A laceration is an accidental full-thickness cut through the skin. An abrasion is a scrape that damages the skin but does not penetrate the full thickness of the skin. To determine if a wound is an abrasion or a laceration, gently pull the wound edges apart. With a laceration, the underlying connective tissue can be seen.
Golden Rule:  All wounds should be sutured within 6 hours of occurrence!
In the event of a laceration, puncture wound, or injury open injury of any kind, please contact your veterinarian immediately.  The veterinarian will need to examine the injury and determine if the […]

Insect Bite Hypersensitivity

By |March 11th, 2014|

General Information
Various types of insects can cause skin problems in horses. Problems involving large, easily visible insects, such as deer flies, house flies, stable flies, horn flies, bot flies, mosquitoes and fire ants, are usually obvious. The extent of involvement of very small insects, such as lice, ticks, chiggers, mites and midges (no-see-ums), in skin disease may not be readily apparent and can be deceiving.
Horses can have 2 types of hypersensitivity reactions to insect bites:
Toxic reaction:
The bites of larger insects can cause multiple wheals (welts) over the horse’s body, about 1cm in diameter or larger.

The bites of smaller insects, […]

Equine Castration (Gelding)

By |March 11th, 2014|

General Information
Castration involves surgical removal of the testicles. This surgery is usually performed one of two ways: standing under local, with sedation or under general anesthesia with the animal on its side (lateral recumbancy). The choice of how the procedure is performed is usually made based on the horse’s temperament, owner preference, veterinarian preference, or facility/location limitations. Regardless of the position of the horse, the procedure is basically the same with a few minor technique differences from surgeon to surgeon. The scrotum will be incised (cut open) over each testicle, or the botton of the scrotum can be removed […]

Pregnancy, Foaling, and care of Newborn Foals

By |March 11th, 2014|

Early and Middle Pregnancy
In the early months of pregnancy, a mare requires only routine care.
Late pregnancy (During the last month):
Mares confined to a stall or another small area should be regularly given the opportunity for moderate exercise.
Feed the mare a complete balanced ration. Additional nutrition is necessary in the last several months of pregnancy and should include a commercially available Mare and Foal feed or alfalfa hay.

Mares should be taken off ALL fescue grass and hay during the last 90 days of gestation. The endophyte fungus in the fescue causes real and serious complications including thickened placental membranes, weakened […]