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Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital

20492 NC HWY 73

Phone: 704-986-0000

Fax: 704-986-0016

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Winter Livestock Nutrition

By |January 1st, 2018|

Colder temperatures change the nutritional needs of livestock; specifically, for the purposes of this article I am speaking of horses, cattle, goats and sheep. Some of the generalities also may apply to pigs and chickens but I am not grouping them into this article.
The importance of good hay
Winter brings colder temperatures, but that also usually means poorer pasture quality and the feeding of alternative forages like hay. Feeding hay sounds like a pretty standard task, but as most farmers can attest, finding good hay and storing it can be a challenge. Good hay can be expensive and sometimes hard […]

Failure as part of the process…

By |January 15th, 2016|

It is easy to write about the successes and sweet cuddly warm and fuzzies, but much more difficult to write about the harsh and unflattering scrutiny of our failures. At this practice we strive for perfection and quality customer service but we are made up of individuals that are human just like you.
I do not find any mistake acceptable. Unfortunately, I admit that they are unavoidable….eventually. When mistakes occur, we learn from them and reinforce the weak areas. We buckle down and pledge to rise to the challenge.

As a veterinarian, I worry that my clients will lose faith in […]

Rat Poisoning (Rodenticide Toxicity)

By |January 15th, 2016|

Well, it has finally gotten cold around here and with that comes a large increase in the number of phone calls about dogs and cats eating rat poison. When it gets colder outside the mice and rats seek shelter inside for warmth and food. In response people are more likely to put out baits and poisons to kill the intruders. Most people do not think that their dog or cat would eat the brilliantly colored turquoise blocks but they most certainly will. They are made tasty so the mice and rats will want to eat them. Your dog or […]

New Chapters

By |October 1st, 2015|

Today is October 1, 2015.  Today marks a new chapter at Bear Creek.  Today is the first day without Dr. Preston at the clinic.  I regret to say that she is moving on to another chapter in her life as well.  For family reasons, Dr. Preston is moving to another part of the state and is having to say good-bye to those of us here at Bear Creek.

I was in the clinic last night after closing when all was quiet and still and took a moment to stop and literally look back.  I stood in the aisle way of […]

My beloved Piper

By |October 1st, 2015|

As most all of my family and friends already know about my beloved Piper and her abrupt elimination from my life and that it has been very hard on me personally and pushed my emotions to a place I hope to not see again time soon; I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts and emotions with the rest of the Bear Creek family.

I adopted Piper as a little tiny puppy officially from the Stanly County Humane Society.  Someone had surrendered this little speckled puppy to the Animal Control Shelter and did not want to put her […]

Did you know?

By |August 6th, 2015|

I love my job but sometimes down time is needed to get away from it for a while.  Everyone needs this but stressful professions especially, regardless of how rewarding one’s job may be.  There are many things that are therapeutic for me.  This is to offer a little glimpse into the personal side of me that my clients don’t always get to see….

Most of my friends know how much I love to bake.  Well, cooking in general is a passion and past time for me.  The cooking aspect is fun in and of itself but I get the most […]

Nutrition-what does that mean really?

By |July 26th, 2015|

How many of you have gone into a store and stood in the pet food aisle and just starred at the countless options on the shelves?  It can very difficult to choose the right food.  You want to make a good choice but what is a good choice?  Pet food companies have many tricks to get you to choose their food.  Advertising is often misleading and some terms are intentionally ambiguous so it sounds better than it is.  From the color of the bag, to words used to describe the ingredients-these play a big role in the decisions we […]

Drug reactions

By |July 22nd, 2015|

So often I am scrolling through my Facebook “home” page and I see a post about someone’s dog that took a medication and it died and how that owner is warning everyone to stay away from that medication cause “it kills dogs”.  Of course their post has been shared hundreds if not thousands of times.   The thing that bothers me the most, is not that this person has an opinion or that they posted their concern.  The part that concerns me the most, is that all those people that read it and shared it, will likely never really […]

When to fight and when to let go?

By |August 3rd, 2014|

What would you do, if this were your animal?

That question can be so difficult to answer at times.  I have cases where the choice seems obvious and other times no so much.  We are supposed to be an unbiased, objectionable third party that can give you the medical answers needed to make this decision.  However, this does not account for the times that we get attached to a patient, nor does it take into account the fact that life is full of impossibilities.  Patients that shouldn’t make it, sometimes do.  Patients that should do very well suddenly tank and […]

How Bear Creek has evolved

By |March 19th, 2014|

From the Beginning…
On the day I opened this practice, I wanted to create a practice that was community oriented. I wanted to get to know my clients and my patients. To be their doctor. Their trusted advisor. My goal was to have clients that I considered friends, family even. I was focused on those animals that everyone else in the veterinary community overlooked. Animals like cows, goats, llamas, pigs. Of course we have quite a few horses on our list of patients too. Most people assume that every veterinarian treats dogs and cats, but almost no one treats these […]