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Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital

20492 NC HWY 73

Phone: 704-986-0000

Fax: 704-986-0016

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#TFTVT (Tales from the Vet Truck) Volume Five: Close Calls Part One

By |April 1st, 2020|

As some of you might have already deduced, large animal medicine can be hard on the body.  Farm work in general is dangerous because of the equipment and unpredictable nature of animals weighing over 1,000lbs.  Throw in the need to work up close and personal with these rather dangerous entities can lead to some hairy and hair-raising situations. 

I thought you might enjoy some of those stories.  I got to thinking which stories would be entertaining enough to write down and quickly realized that there were more than I could reasonably fit in one quarterly newsletter.  I decided to […]

#TFTVT (Tales from the Vet Truck) Volume Four: Holiday Blues

By |December 31st, 2019|

Large animal veterinarians know all too well that holidays
are often interrupted with emergency calls. 
Thanksgiving and Christmas are known for large family gatherings with
large meals, but they are also known for cold weather.   Before I hired my first associate, I was a
solo practitioner and I worked every

Thanksgiving and Christmas for 7 years with no break.  It was a given that I would be called out at
some point during these holidays. 
One Thanksgiving in particular, my mother-in-law came to visit for the
week.  She remarked that she wouldn’t
mind going on a few calls with me, if I got any (If I […]

#TFTVT (Tales from the Vet Truck) Volume 2: Equine Plastic Surgery

By |April 3rd, 2019|

I love to put things back together.  This is one aspect of veterinary medicine I
love more than most, which is good I guess, because horses seem to love to hurt
themselves.  Over the years, I have sewn
up a lot of horses.  There have been some
memorable ones.  You see, when horses
hurt themselves, they do it in dramatic fashion.  I have archived lots of pictures over the
years that I should probably not show without a serious warning to their
graphic content.   This article could be
pages and pages but here are just two examples…

One of my clients called one very hot summer afternoon and
asked […]

Online Shopping

By |April 3rd, 2019|

We live in a very web-based society…a time where nearly
everything is found online. 
Pharmaceuticals are no different.  
The bygone era of buying everything from your veterinarian is long since
over.  That is ok.   From a practice owner’s perspective, I do
not mind clients purchasing medications from other resources.  I do however mind when clients are sold
counterfeit products with no safety or efficacy to back up their look alike
façade.   As the owner of Bear Creek
Veterinary Hospital, it is not my practice philosophy to turn a profit from
primarily the sale of preventions and other retail items.  Even reoccurring prescription medications can
be outsourced most of the […]

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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 […]