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Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital

20492 NC HWY 73

Phone: 704-986-0000

Fax: 704-986-0016

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    In-House vs. Reference Lab Testing (including benefits of both)

In-House vs. Reference Lab Testing (including benefits of both)

By |February 1st, 2019|

One of the major progressions in veterinary medicine is the
ability to perform more specific and accurate laboratory testing.  This is of utmost importance when your pet is
ill, but is also needed for routine wellness screenings, pre-anesthetic
evaluations, and monitoring response to therapy.

As you may know, we are able to perform many laboratory
tests ‘in-house.’ This means that we can obtain results the same day that your
pet is in the clinic. We do this by using microscopes, blood machines, and
urine analyzers located in the hospital laboratory area. Examples of different
in-house tests we perform include: complete blood count, full blood chemistry
and electrolyte analysis, […]

Interpreting Dr. Google

By |February 1st, 2019|

We live in an age where
information, good or bad, is readily available at our fingertips with the
emergence of tablets, smart phones, computers, etc. This seems to have further
perpetuated the number of home remedies people try, prior to bringing their pet
in for something alarming. Home remedies have always been around; but, with
Google and other search engines and blogs, it seems that sometimes pet owners
prolong treatment by a veterinarian because something at home may have helped
temporarily (or didn’t help), but trying it prolonged the time for the animal
to get proper care for an ailment. Whether we verbalize it to you or […]

Euthanasia

By |January 2nd, 2019|

This is not a happy topic to discuss.  It is an even unhappier thing to have to experience.  However, when it comes to our pets and even
livestock, this is sometimes a necessary and humane decision.  When an animal has a terminal disease and
their quality of life is poor with no real hope of improvement, often the
decision is made to end suffering.  In
other instances, the cost of treatment is too great, or the risk of bad outcome
is overwhelming and does not warrant putting the animal through the procedure
to try for good outcome.  In the case of
livestock, the procedure or treatment […]

Dr. Yowell’s Non-Social Life

By |January 2nd, 2019|

I am writing this article for Dr. Yowell this month for
reasons that will become apparent very soon, but a little background on Dr.
Yowell first.  Dr. Yowell joined us last
year and as many of you agree, we are thrilled beyond measure to have her.  She offers a new perspective and years of
experience to Bear Creek.  It is a
running joke between Dr. Yowell and Dr. Cloninger that one is the past and one
is the future….I wont say which is which. 
However, Dr. Yowell was faced with a little bit of a culture shock when
coming to Bear Creek.  Our practice is
mostly paperless.  Electronic
everything.  […]

Police K-9 Units

By |December 3rd, 2018|

A police dog is a dog that is specifically trained to assist law enforcement personnel.    Police dogs are commonly called police K-9s.  They are very impressive animals and come from generations of dogs bred to specially perform the task that they are required to accomplish.  They have a variety of duties which include personal protection, searching for and detection of drugs, article searches, searching for explosives, tracking, finding crime scene evidence, cadaver detection (finding human remains), and apprehension.

K-9s used in law enforcement are trained to be either single purpose, which means that they only have one job to perform […]

Nutrition and How it Relates to Pancreatitis in Dogs

By |September 30th, 2018|

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 do?
The pancreas releases hormones (like insulin) and enzymes (lipase and amylase) into the intestinal tract for digestion. When your dog eats a meal, the pancreas responds by releasing these substances to help digest the food as it moves through the stomach and the intestines.

What is […]

Diabetes in Small Animals

By |September 5th, 2018|

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 mellitus, or diabetes, is a common condition that occurs when the body cannot use a type of sugar called glucose.  Insulin, which is a hormone, is made by the pancreas and is needed to move glucose from the bloodstream into the cells so the body […]

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 […]