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. Ann Yowell

About Dr. Ann Yowell

Dr Ann Yowell graduated Summa cum Laude from Morehead State University and in 1985 graduated with honors from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Yowell is our resident “cat lady”and is diligently working toward making our practice an official “Feline Friendly” one.  Her experience and calm personality make for an awesome addition to our clinic.

Police K-9 Units

By |December 3rd, 2018|

A police dog is a dog that is specifically trained to assist law enforcement personnel.    Police dogs are commonly called police K-9s.  They are very impressive animals and come from generations of dogs bred to specially perform the task that they are required to accomplish.  They have a variety of duties which include personal protection, searching for and detection of drugs, article searches, searching for explosives, tracking, finding crime scene evidence, cadaver detection (finding human remains), and apprehension.

K-9s used in law enforcement are trained to be either single purpose, which means that they only have one job to perform […]

Diabetes in Small Animals

By |September 5th, 2018|

Diabetes is a common condition that occurs in dogs and cats.   It is more common in older pets; but it can occur in any pet, at any age, and even during pregnancy.  It is not curable, but it is manageable.   With proper treatment, diet, and exercise, diabetic pets can live a long, happy life!

Diabetes mellitus, or diabetes, is a common condition that occurs when the body cannot use a type of sugar called glucose.  Insulin, which is a hormone, is made by the pancreas and is needed to move glucose from the bloodstream into the cells so the body […]

Arthritis from a Medical Standpoint

By |June 1st, 2018|

Osteoarthritis, also known as arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs and cats. Dogs are often affected by  arthritis in the later stages of their lives. One in five dogs will develop arthritis and 90% of cats that reach 12 years of age have arthritis.

Dogs are more prone to show signs of arthritis pain than cats. With dogs, a change in their activity level is one of the most common signs suggestive of arthritis.  Dogs may limp, be slow going up and /or down stairs, be reluctant to get on or off furniture, […]

Feline Nutrition

By |March 1st, 2018|

Cats are very opinionated about their food and many of their food preferences are formed in their first year of life.  So, if you have a kitten, now is the time to get them used to different types of food – semi-dry, dry and wet.  But if you have an adult, there are still many ways to ensure that they are getting all the nutrients that they need.

We do not recommend homemade or raw diets.  Cats need specific vitamins, minerals, and protein that can only come from meat.  Meat alone is deficient in many of the nutrients cats need. […]

Overweight Pets

By |March 1st, 2018|

Many times, we don’t notice that our pets have gradually put on some extra weight until they start slowing down.  More often than not, it is someone else who notices that weight gain such as the groomer, a friend, or the vet before we notice it ourselves. That extra weight your pet may be carrying around can cause lasting damage to their internal organs, bones, and joints…some that can never be corrected even with a change in their diet and exercise.

So, how do you check your own pet? Have them to stand, then feel around their midsection – their […]