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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Pet Emergency Medicine

By |April 1st, 2018|

While veterinary emergencies are stressful for pets and their owners, this guide may serve to help better prepare you and alleviate some of the worry should your pet experience a medical emergency. Please note that this is strictly a GUIDE, and is NOT intended to serve as specific veterinary medical advice or treatment for your individual pet.

As with any emergency situations, one of the most important things is to try to Remain Calm. 

Panic simply increases stress and can limit your ability to think clearly. One of the first things you need to do in an emergency is contact the veterinary hospital […]

Equine Nutrition: Spring Grass

By |April 1st, 2018|

Spring grass: the double-edged blade!

Our area has been blessed (or cursed) with a bounty of rain over the last couple of months. This means young, fresh, green grass is sprouting up everywhere! Although this means we see fewer colics (often associated with eating dry hay in the winter time), it also means we are more likely to be seeing laminitis. This fresh, beautiful, young grass has a very high sugar content, especially when compared to mature pasture.

 

Is grazing a bad thing?

Not necessarily! Laminitis can affect any horse (because they all have feet, after all!). However, there are certain […]

Things I am NOT

By |March 17th, 2018|

 

As I was driving down the road between field/house calls this past week, it occurred to me that many people seem to be operating under a misconception about my qualifications these days.  I thought it best to be sure to clear up any confusion regarding this issue.

Contrary to popular belief, I am not a mind reader, magician, clairvoyant, time traveler, financial lender or omnipresent/omnipotent deity and I cannot make everyone happy all the time.

I am however, a veterinarian, mother, wife, friend, practice owner, pet lover and owner.  I drive around from home to home, seeing appointments, hopefully as on […]

Chiropractics

By |March 12th, 2018|

Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital is excited to start offering animal chiropractic beginning in June of 2018. Dr. Gray will be completing a training program in Wellsville, Kansas at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic that begins in February and ends in June of 2018. Dr. Gray will be evaluating and adjusting both large and small animals (yes, that includes cats!). We are very excited to add chiropractic work in addition to traditional therapies for a holistic approach to your animals’ health care!

Animals, both large and small, can benefit immensely from regular chiropractic care. Many of you are probably […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Big Reveal!

By |February 5th, 2018|

Ok, so most of you know by now that Stephanie, our social media coordinator, has been teasing you for two weeks about the big secret. We’ve even had a countdown on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where we’ve had visitors guess what the big secret might be. Some of the answers were quite surprising by the way…

Some of the guesses were:

Someone is pregnant?
Bear Creek is installing a gun range? (Yup, that’s a real guess!)
Adding a second location? (What? Are you trying to kill me!)
Adding grooming and boarding services?
Rescue training facility?
Heated pool for Therapy? (you […]

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 […]

Clinic Remodel – Week 3

By |February 3rd, 2018|

I promised updates as we moved along with the remodel, but free time has been in short supply. Things are moving along as fast as they can. Getting the ball rolling and all the moving parts into action on a project like this is only half the challenge. After you get this many parts moving, it becomes a herculean challenge to keep them from banging into one another and bringing things to a halt. If one team gets off their schedule it can hold up other parts of the project. So far, thanks to our great GC, David Profitt, […]