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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Heat Stress/Stroke and Your Pet

By |August 1st, 2018|

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. Heat stress can quickly advance to heat stroke which is potentially fatal if not treated in a timely manner. We considered heat stress/stroke to be an EMERGENCY situation. In order to keep your dog cool and healthy during the summer months, we will go over […]

The INS and OUTS of Renal Dysfunction in Cats and Dogs

By |July 1st, 2018|

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 to do!

Kidney dysfunction occurs when one or more of these functions are impaired. Unfortunately, our pets’ bodies are great at compensating for the loss of function and we often don’t become aware of a problem until there is already a significant percentage of function lost […]

Anxiety in Your Pets

By |July 1st, 2018|

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, it is also crucial to look for any underlying medical causes of the behavioral issues.  For example, elimination problems (house-soiling) could be a sign of gastrointestinal and/or urinary disease.  Animals suffering from chronic pain can often exhibit distressing behaviors; therefore, a veterinarian should perform a […]

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 […]

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, […]

How to Reduce Stress at the Vet

By |May 1st, 2018|

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 than outside to go to the bathroom.  Of course, that stress increases when the pet is sick or injured.

We want your visit to be as stress free as possible, if possible.  We see all different kinds of animals and all different personalities as well.  So, […]

Small Animal Food Allergies

By |May 1st, 2018|

One of the most common issues seen today in dogs and cats is allergies, which can be divided into 3 categories: flea allergies, seasonal/environmental allergies, and food allergies. Food allergies are the least common but often the most frustrating type of allergy to diagnose and control.

Food allergy or more appropriately named adverse food reaction is a hypersensitivity reaction to one or more components of the diet. This abnormal reaction is caused by an immune response to a food component the animal has previously been exposed to which then causes an allergic reaction throughout the body.  Food allergies can occur […]

Coming Soon, Chiropractics!!

By |April 24th, 2018|

The Scoop on Chiropractic

With only two more sessions of training until I’m certified in Animal Chiropractic, I’m excited to offer this service to our patients starting in June!  I’d like to take this opportunity to give you a few examples of things that can cause your animal to have problems with the spine.

June Bug is receiving a chiropractic sample session from Dr. Gray (her mom).

Each animal is put together differently. Sometimes they have longer backs, shorter necks or legs that aren’t quite even. These differences can often lead to compensation throughout the spine resulting in decreased overall comfort […]

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 […]