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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.

Metabolic Syndrome: Cushings and so much more…

By |March 12th, 2014|

What is Metabolic Syndrome?
There are several diseases and multiple combinations of those diseases that can comprise metabolic syndrome. The main three are Pituitary Pars Intermidia Dysfunction (Cushings disease), Type II Diabetes/Insulin Resistance, and Hhypothyroidism. They can occur individually or in combination with each other.
First let me give you some background information on each disease separately.
Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (Cushing’s Disease):
This is caused by a cortisol secreting tumor called a pituitary ademona. The tumor is very small and in general will never grow to a size large enough to cause any significant “brain tumor” issues. However, this tiny tumor causes […]

Strangles (Streptoccous equi var. equi)

By |March 12th, 2014|

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 an infected horse that is shedding the bacteria but looks clinically normal. Other sources of exposure are contaminated water, feed and other fomites (inanimate objects like halters, shoes, clothes, buckets, etc.) that have been in contact with the infected nasal secretions or abscess material from […]

Colic

By |March 12th, 2014|

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 many sources. Often it is difficult to determine the specific cause, but the most common are changes in dietary regimens, parasites, dehydration, stress, gas, or “twist” (volvulus, displacement or torsion). The later requires surgery to correct and is often fatal even with surgery. Less common […]

Winter Weight Loss

By |March 12th, 2014|

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 horse may need to burn more calories to stay warm if he doesn’t have an adequate hair coat or proper shelter to get out of bad weather. Combine that with fewer calories taken in and the result is weight loss.
Is this normal?
You should not accept […]

Equine Asthma (COPD or Heaves)

By |March 12th, 2014|

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 obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but it that seemed to confuse to owners because, well, horses don’t smoke so, that did not seem right.  Also, the lung pathology was not the same.  Currently and as far as I am concerned, the best and most accurate description […]

Equine First Aid Kit

By |March 12th, 2014|

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
Icthamol
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 prescription only with a valid client-patient relationship and recommended only on a case by case basis with individual clients.

Recurrent Uveitis

By |March 12th, 2014|

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 most other parts of the eye. These agents can cause temporary damage but also can cause low-grade, slow destruction of the eye. Inflammation of the eye can be quite obvious or can be subtle, resulting in underlying damage without obvious signs. This initial blood vessel […]

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

By |March 12th, 2014|

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 are less likely to have stomach ulcers. Added stresses such as traveling, showing, training, and even prolonged stall confinement can contribute to excess acid build up and ulcer formation. A primarily grain based diet also increases the acid content of the gut and does not […]

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 […]