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Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital

20492 NC HWY 73

Phone: 704-986-0000

Fax: 704-986-0016

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Comparative Nutrition: Beef vs Dairy Cattle

By |September 5th, 2018|

When we evaluate the body condition of a beef cow compared with that of a dairy cow, there are obvious differences. The beef cow is stout and thick, with excess musculature and fat covering the entire body. The dairy cow is lean, with visibility of most of the bony structures of the body and has a much more feminine appearance than that of the beef cow. Nutritional requirements of these types of cattle correlate closely with their body composition and purpose.  We have also genetically improved these animals over many years to focus on the traits we use them […]

Goat Nutrition

By |August 2nd, 2018|

Goat nutrition is nothing like the old cartoons of goats eating tin cans and napkins.

Goats can be low maintenance;

but, we often put them in a situation that is alien to them and is much like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. This article is not intended to be a detailed narration on how to balance a ration.  It is, however, a brief generalization on how goats fair best with one specific nutritional guideline…. goats are browsers, not grazers.  They can be very picky on occasion.   

In their natural habitat, goats roam over distances and climb to areas difficult to […]

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 […]

Nutritional Aids for Arthritis

By |June 3rd, 2018|

Like their two-legged human owners, our four-legged friends very commonly suffer from aching joints. From research date, we know that arthritis affects more than 20% of adult dogs and likely affects a much higher percentage of geriatric animals (typically those over 7 years of age).  Arthritis is also more common in large and giant breed dogs than smaller breeds. The causes of arthritis include: genetics, diet, bone health, muscle weakness (due to disease or lack of use), obesity and joint laxity. Therefore, arthritis is not just a factor of “old age” but encompasses many causes.

Joint surfaces are made up […]

Small Animal Food Allergies

By |May 1st, 2018|

One of the most common issues seen today in dogs and cats is allergies, which can be divided into 3 categories: flea allergies, seasonal/environmental allergies, and food allergies. Food allergies are the least common but often the most frustrating type of allergy to diagnose and control.

Food allergy or more appropriately named adverse food reaction is a hypersensitivity reaction to one or more components of the diet. This abnormal reaction is caused by an immune response to a food component the animal has previously been exposed to which then causes an allergic reaction throughout the body.  Food allergies can occur […]

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 […]