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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Nutrition and How it Relates to Pancreatitis in Dogs

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 […]

Comparative Nutrition: Beef vs Dairy Cattle

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 […]

Diabetes in Small Animals

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 […]

Goat Nutrition

Goat nutrition is nothing like the old cartoons of goats eating tin cans and napkins.

Goats can be low maintenance;

but, we often put them in a situation that is alien to them and is much like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. This article is not intended to be a detailed narration on […]

Heat Stress/Stroke and Your Pet

As we enter the months where the temperature and the humidity start to rise, we as veterinarians become more concerned about heat stress and heat stroke in pets. We will focus mainly on dogs as they tend to experience heat related problems more than cats, however the information below is also true for cats. […]

The INS and OUTS of Renal Dysfunction in Cats and Dogs

When talking about renal dysfunction or kidney disease it is very important to first understand exactly how the kidneys function. Their main functions are to: filter blood, process and eliminate excess protein waste into the urine, maintain red blood cells and balance the body’s electrolytes, water, and acids. That’s a heck of a lot […]

Anxiety in Your Pets

Animal behavior is a very interesting subject and there has been a vast amount of research focused on better explaining the ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ actions of our domesticated animals.

It is important to note that ‘behavior’ is influenced by several components, including genetics, environment, and life experiences.  When diagnosing an animal with a behavioral disorder, […]

Nutritional Aids for Arthritis

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 […]

Arthritis from a Medical Standpoint

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 […]

How to Reduce Stress at the Vet

When it comes to taking your pet to the vet, there is a degree of stress that can be involved.  For most people, this is a once a year event and the thought of taking their cat or dog anywhere is stressful.  This is because their pets are not used to going anywhere other […]