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. Katie Pike

About Dr. Katie Pike

Dr. Katie grew up on a dairy farm in rural Maine, where her family still resides today. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dairy science from Virginia Tech in 2010 and went on to graduate with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

Interpreting Dr. Google

By |February 1st, 2019|

We live in an age where
information, good or bad, is readily available at our fingertips with the
emergence of tablets, smart phones, computers, etc. This seems to have further
perpetuated the number of home remedies people try, prior to bringing their pet
in for something alarming. Home remedies have always been around; but, with
Google and other search engines and blogs, it seems that sometimes pet owners
prolong treatment by a veterinarian because something at home may have helped
temporarily (or didn’t help), but trying it prolonged the time for the animal
to get proper care for an ailment. Whether we verbalize it to you or […]

Comparative Nutrition: Beef vs Dairy Cattle

By |September 5th, 2018|

When we evaluate the body condition of a beef cow compared with that of a dairy cow, there are obvious differences. The beef cow is stout and thick, with excess musculature and fat covering the entire body. The dairy cow is lean, with visibility of most of the bony structures of the body and has a much more feminine appearance than that of the beef cow. Nutritional requirements of these types of cattle correlate closely with their body composition and purpose.  We have also genetically improved these animals over many years to focus on the traits we use them […]

Nutritional Aids for Arthritis

By |June 3rd, 2018|

Like their two-legged human owners, our four-legged friends very commonly suffer from aching joints. From research date, we know that arthritis affects more than 20% of adult dogs and likely affects a much higher percentage of geriatric animals (typically those over 7 years of age).  Arthritis is also more common in large and giant breed dogs than smaller breeds. The causes of arthritis include: genetics, diet, bone health, muscle weakness (due to disease or lack of use), obesity and joint laxity. Therefore, arthritis is not just a factor of “old age” but encompasses many causes.

Joint surfaces are made up […]

Canine and Feline Dentistry

By |February 5th, 2018|

Does your dog or cat have bad breath? Are they not eating their regular food as well as they used to? Are they salivating more than usual? These can all be signs of dental disease in varying forms and a large percentage of patients with oral pain show no obvious signs at all! The mouth is a very important feature when it comes to the overall health of any animal, as it is in humans! Believe it or not, dogs and cats (and many other species) often need yearly dental cleanings and daily oral care to keep their mouths […]

Small Animal Nutrition

By |February 5th, 2018|

Raw and grain-free diets have become a popular issue among veterinarians and clientele. These issues have gotten a lot of attention on the internet from consumers and many of these fad diets are a result of human niche diet trends. We will first address some information on raw diets.
Raw Diets:

Raw meat-based diets are often made at home by clients and some clients are purchasing these diets over the counter. Raw freeze-dried treats are also available in many pet stores. Overall, the consensus of veterinarians is that this is not something we promote both due to human and animal health […]