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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    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.  […]

Pot Bellied Pigs

By |November 2nd, 2018|

Yes, we treat pet pigs!  As a matter of fact, we see pig patients almost every day. When someone says pet pigs, that used to be synonymous with the Vietnamese Pot Bellied pig but that is not a true statement today.  We see a diverse group of domesticated swine.  We still see a large number of pot bellied porcines but we also see Yucatan, KuneKune, Russian, and pet raised domestic commercial breeds.  If it is a pet pig, then we will see it.  We do not however, provide veterinary services to commercially raised hogs.  The reason for this differentiation […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Arthritis from a Medical Standpoint

By |June 1st, 2018|

Osteoarthritis, also known as arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs and cats. Dogs are often affected by  arthritis in the later stages of their lives. One in five dogs will develop arthritis and 90% of cats that reach 12 years of age have arthritis.

Dogs are more prone to show signs of arthritis pain than cats. With dogs, a change in their activity level is one of the most common signs suggestive of arthritis.  Dogs may limp, be slow going up and /or down stairs, be reluctant to get on or off furniture, […]