Wide Variety of Services

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Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital

20492 NC HWY 73

Phone: 704-986-0000

Fax: 704-986-0016

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    It’s that time of year again, is your Coggins test up to date?….

It’s that time of year again, is your Coggins test up to date?….

By |March 1st, 2019|

When the weather turns warmer, people get the bug to go ride their horses.  Many of those that enjoy trail riding, will often travel to lovely places away from home like Morrow Mountain, Uwharrie Forest, or H. Cooper Black. 

Morrow Mountain

Veteran trail riders know that this also means it is time to make sure your Coggins test is up to date.  For those that do not know what a Coggins Test is, let me explain.  This test is for a disease called Equine Infectious Anemia or EIA.  The federal and state governing agencies dictate that horses moving off the […]

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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 […]

Equine Metabolic Syndrome

By |November 1st, 2018|

Brief Description

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) is a problem that is most frequently diagnosed initially in horses <15 years old. It is often associated with laminitis, obesity and a combination of endocrine disorders. Those endocrine disorders include insulin resistance, hypothyroidism and Equine Cushing’s. Genetics and the environment also play a significant role in Equine Metabolic Syndrome as well.

 

Diagnosing Equine Metabolic Syndrome

The first thing we as veterinarians will do is a physical exam. There are many clinical signs of EMS that can be assessed this way. Horses with EMS often have regional adiposity (fat deposits in specific areas). These areas […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Equine Endoscopy

By |January 7th, 2018|

Diagnostic imaging plays an essential role in the accurate diagnosis of a variety of conditions in our equine patients. With our state-of-the-art 3 meter endoscope, we are able to obtain images and samples that help us more accurately diagnose and treat many disorders. Endoscopy allows us to assess conditions affecting the equine upper airway, guttural pouches, lungs, stomach, and bladder. Many of these disorders affect both comfort and performance in our equine athletes.

You may be wondering, “how will I know my horse needs scoping”

Here are a few scenarios that may be indications for endoscopic examination:

Gastric Ulcers:
There are many ways […]

Awareness of Equine Diseases

By |March 19th, 2014|

We all want to stay on top of outbreaks that can affect our animals and with today’s digital world it’s becoming easier and easier to do. Merial has launched a website focused on notifying horse owners about disease outbreaks in and around a certain geographic region and you can take advantage of it to receive alerts of outbreaks in your area through email and/or text message as soon as the alert is issued.

Quote from Merial –

Disease poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of horses. Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has a mortality rate estimated to be as […]