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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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 […]

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)

By |March 12th, 2014|

What is EIA?
This disease is something most horse owners only know in relation to the test we use to identify the disease, aka Coggins test. That term is thrown around quite a bit but it surprises me how little people actually know about this disease. If you own horses then you should familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of EIA. Here are some relevant facts about EIA that you may not know.

EIA virus is closely related to the HIV-1 virus that causes AIDS in humans. The disease is transmitted by biting flies (usually the tabinus horse flies and […]

Metabolic Syndrome: Cushings and so much more…

By |March 12th, 2014|

What is Metabolic Syndrome?
There are several diseases and multiple combinations of those diseases that can comprise metabolic syndrome. The main three are Pituitary Pars Intermidia Dysfunction (Cushings disease), Type II Diabetes/Insulin Resistance, and Hhypothyroidism. They can occur individually or in combination with each other.
First let me give you some background information on each disease separately.
Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (Cushing’s Disease):
This is caused by a cortisol secreting tumor called a pituitary ademona. The tumor is very small and in general will never grow to a size large enough to cause any significant “brain tumor” issues. However, this tiny tumor causes […]

Strangles (Streptoccous equi var. equi)

By |March 12th, 2014|

What is Strangles?
The disease commonly known as “Strangles” is an upper respiratory disease caused by the bacteria Streptoccocus equi var. equi. This bacterium is not a normal inhabitant of the respiratory tract. Bacteria are shed into the environment via nasal secretions or abscess material. Exposure often occurs when a horse comes into contact with an infected horse that is shedding the bacteria but looks clinically normal. Other sources of exposure are contaminated water, feed and other fomites (inanimate objects like halters, shoes, clothes, buckets, etc.) that have been in contact with the infected nasal secretions or abscess material from […]

Colic

By |March 12th, 2014|

General Information about Colic
Colic is simply defined as abdominal pain. It is often a sign of a serious medical/intestinal problem. Abdominal problems causing colic are the most common reason for doing surgery and the most common cause of natural death in horses. Colic pain does not point to a specific cause and can have many sources. Often it is difficult to determine the specific cause, but the most common are changes in dietary regimens, parasites, dehydration, stress, gas, or “twist” (volvulus, displacement or torsion). The later requires surgery to correct and is often fatal even with surgery. Less common […]

Winter Weight Loss

By |March 12th, 2014|

Why does my horse loose weight during the winter?
It can be difficult for some horses to maintain good body condition through the winter. Many factors can contribute to the weight loss like poorer quality hay/forage available, bad teeth or missing teeth, and really cold weather. The bottom line is a negative calorie intake. The horse may need to burn more calories to stay warm if he doesn’t have an adequate hair coat or proper shelter to get out of bad weather. Combine that with fewer calories taken in and the result is weight loss.
Is this normal?
You should not accept […]

Equine Asthma (COPD or Heaves)

By |March 12th, 2014|

Whatever you call it,  Equine Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or Heaves it’s BAD.
General Information
This inflammatory airway disease has had quite a few names.  It was originally called “Heaves” due to the the heaving of the chest and abdominal muscles working very hard to move air.  Then they changed to  it to Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but it that seemed to confuse to owners because, well, horses don’t smoke so, that did not seem right.  Also, the lung pathology was not the same.  Currently and as far as I am concerned, the best and most accurate description […]