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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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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 […]

It’s tough to be a vet

By |March 19th, 2014|

Every body thinks my job is so glamorous. I talk to people and they always tell me how they always wanted to be a vet, but something happened and they never went to college or they didn’t apply. People call or stop me and ask if I need an assistant. It seems like every where I go people want to be me. I hear from people quite frequently about how it must be nice to be your own boss, set your own hours or answer to no one. Well, my answer is usually be glad you didn’t go to […]

House of cards

By |March 19th, 2014|

I was on a call this morning with one of my regular cattle clients, doing my usual multitasking balancing act.  The phone rang as I was climbing over the fence to get to the calf (my patient) while  trying to avoid an unhappy mom that was harassing the gate in an attempt to keep us away from her baby.  I ignored the first time it rang but when they called right back, I answered assuming that it must have been someone in dire need of me right that moment, but continued to work on the calf in question.  The […]

Feast or famine

By |March 19th, 2014|

When it rains…it pours.
Like most things in life, being a large animal vet typically runs all or nothing. There are times of the year that are naturally busier due to weather and life cycles. Spring time is always busy and we usually have our hands full with spring vaccinations, coggins tests, foalings, calvings, kiddings, lambings, colics and founders (due to the lush green grass growth) and then rebreeding all those females. People are out riding more and everyone is loving the great weather. Not to mention that when bad things happen, they always seem to happen in a rash […]

When my phone rings

By |March 19th, 2014|

My phone rings all the time. Sometimes it rings because there is an emergency, or because someone thinks it is an emergency but turns out not to be, or someone wants to schedule an appointment, or it is just the wrong number.

For anyone out there that does not know how our phone system at Bear Creek Mobile Vet works, during the day if you call the main line (704-986-0000) it rings in the office. However, at the end of the day, when the office person leaves, they transfer the phone to the doctor’s cell phone. At that point, any […]

Quiet time in the pool

By |March 19th, 2014|

As most of you know ,I am a very busy person at work and at home. It has always been a struggle to balance taking care of everyone else (and their animals) and myself. I’ve never really made time for myself. My physical health and mental well-being are always taking the proverbial back seat. The years have taken their toll on my body, especially my back. Pulling calves and kneeling under horses to sew up cut legs and wrestling with goats and other critters had me nearly crippled and living on ibuprophen, caffeine and B vitamins just to keep […]

Are you prepared for a disaster? Part I

By |March 12th, 2014|


What if your barn caught fire? Or there was a hurricane or flood in our area?
What about a disease outbreak that affected your animals? (Foot and Mouth disease-cattle, pigs, goats, etc ; or Vesicular Stomatitis-horses, cattle, goats, pigs, etc.)
Most people try hard not to think about these things happening to them, but in the event that something like this did happen, would you be able to handle the effects on your farm? Would you be able to assist your neighbors or your community as well?
Being prepared isn’t something that just happens. It is an […]

How to Build a Go Bag

By |March 12th, 2014|

What goes in my Go-Bag?
First, there is no perfect answer to this question. What suits one person or family might not suit yours. What is appropriate for a person in Alaska, wouldn’t apply in the deserts of Arizona. We wil share some great ideas for items for your bag below, but you also need to keep individual factors in mind when planning.
Keep these thoughts in your mind when you plan your go-bag:

What is appropriate for the climate where I live?
What is appropdiate for the climate I’m going to? (If you’re planning to travel a significant distance.)
How many family members […]

What to do in the event of an emergency?

By |March 12th, 2014|

Help! What do I do?
This is a common enough event if you have horses, but the information in this article will work for just about any species.
Cuts (aka Lacerations) and Hemorrhage
Most people see blood and they panic. The truth is, there is rarely a need to do so. Here are some good rules to live by.

Location, location, location-the location of the bleeding determines the danger of that bleeding. The farther away from the main portion of the body, the less likely it is to be life threatening. Larger vessels like the aorta, jugular vein, carotid, femoral artery, axillary artery […]