Wide Variety of Services

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Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital

20492 NC HWY 73

Phone: 704-986-0000

Fax: 704-986-0016

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Hours of Operation Changes

By |February 1st, 2019|

There are always challenges in running a business; but, when
it to comes to running a veterinary practice, the challenges come with names
and emotions.  I wanted to take a moment
to explain our rationale for the hours of operation changes instead of just an
announcement to the change.  There were
many aspects to take in to consideration for this decision.  It is important to me that you are aware that
it was not taken lightly. 

Our original intent in providing later hours was to provide
appointment times to clients that were more convenient and to lessen the
pressure and craziness during the day. 
We have been providing […]

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    In-House vs. Reference Lab Testing (including benefits of both)

In-House vs. Reference Lab Testing (including benefits of both)

By |February 1st, 2019|

One of the major progressions in veterinary medicine is the
ability to perform more specific and accurate laboratory testing.  This is of utmost importance when your pet is
ill, but is also needed for routine wellness screenings, pre-anesthetic
evaluations, and monitoring response to therapy.

As you may know, we are able to perform many laboratory
tests ‘in-house.’ This means that we can obtain results the same day that your
pet is in the clinic. We do this by using microscopes, blood machines, and
urine analyzers located in the hospital laboratory area. Examples of different
in-house tests we perform include: complete blood count, full blood chemistry
and electrolyte analysis, […]

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 […]

Euthanasia

By |January 2nd, 2019|

This is not a happy topic to discuss.  It is an even unhappier thing to have to experience.  However, when it comes to our pets and even
livestock, this is sometimes a necessary and humane decision.  When an animal has a terminal disease and
their quality of life is poor with no real hope of improvement, often the
decision is made to end suffering.  In
other instances, the cost of treatment is too great, or the risk of bad outcome
is overwhelming and does not warrant putting the animal through the procedure
to try for good outcome.  In the case of
livestock, the procedure or treatment […]

Dr. Yowell’s Non-Social Life

By |January 2nd, 2019|

I am writing this article for Dr. Yowell this month for
reasons that will become apparent very soon, but a little background on Dr.
Yowell first.  Dr. Yowell joined us last
year and as many of you agree, we are thrilled beyond measure to have her.  She offers a new perspective and years of
experience to Bear Creek.  It is a
running joke between Dr. Yowell and Dr. Cloninger that one is the past and one
is the future….I wont say which is which. 
However, Dr. Yowell was faced with a little bit of a culture shock when
coming to Bear Creek.  Our practice is
mostly paperless.  Electronic
everything.  […]

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 […]

Pot Bellied Pigs

By |November 2nd, 2018|

Yes, we treat pet pigs!  As a matter of fact, we see pig patients almost every day. When someone says pet pigs, that used to be synonymous with the Vietnamese Pot Bellied pig but that is not a true statement today.  We see a diverse group of domesticated swine.  We still see a large number of pot bellied porcines but we also see Yucatan, KuneKune, Russian, and pet raised domestic commercial breeds.  If it is a pet pig, then we will see it.  We do not however, provide veterinary services to commercially raised hogs.  The reason for this differentiation […]

Equine Metabolic Syndrome

By |November 1st, 2018|

Brief Description

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) is a problem that is most frequently diagnosed initially in horses <15 years old. It is often associated with laminitis, obesity and a combination of endocrine disorders. Those endocrine disorders include insulin resistance, hypothyroidism and Equine Cushing’s. Genetics and the environment also play a significant role in Equine Metabolic Syndrome as well.

 

Diagnosing Equine Metabolic Syndrome

The first thing we as veterinarians will do is a physical exam. There are many clinical signs of EMS that can be assessed this way. Horses with EMS often have regional adiposity (fat deposits in specific areas). These areas […]

Nutrition and How it Relates to Pancreatitis in Dogs

By |September 30th, 2018|

Before we discuss the nutritional factors related to pancreatitis, it is first important to define what the pancreas is, what it does in the body, and what happens when it becomes enlarged/inflamed.

 

What is the pancreas?
The pancreas is one of the organs in the abdomen (belly) that is located near the stomach.

What does the pancreas do?
The pancreas releases hormones (like insulin) and enzymes (lipase and amylase) into the intestinal tract for digestion. When your dog eats a meal, the pancreas responds by releasing these substances to help digest the food as it moves through the stomach and the intestines.

What is […]

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 […]