New to Bear Creek
We are excited to be able to offer more services in Bear Creek Animal Clinic’s new horse bay. Ample parking and turn around space are making the facility trailer friendly and the new bay is equipped with a fantastic new stock and a padded stall. Although our veterinary team are still available to travel to farms, we can now offer many services at the new clinic that were previously not feasible.
Previous vaccination history, age, pregnancy status, geography, and exposure risk are all factors to consider when choosing vaccinations for your horse. Talk to one of our team members to find a protocol that is right for you. Make sure to mention upcoming travel plans or show schedules. For 2018, our core vaccines include:
- Eastern & Western Encephalomyelitis
- Equine Herpes Virus
- West Nile Virus
There are many factors that influence the type of deworming protocol that is best for your horse. Age, population density, pasture management, pregnancy status, type of dewormer used in the past, travel plans and season will all effect the product you select. Talk to one of our doctors or RVT’s to come up with a plan that is best for your horse.
In-house Blood Analysis
We know how important your horse is to you. Bear Creek Animal Clinic has the ability to run routine blood panels in the clinic, giving you results typically in the same day. You may choose to have routine blood work done as part of your preventative health care plan for your horse, allowing you to see changes in health status before they become major issues.
Did you know that horse’s teeth grow all the time?
They are born with their sinus cavities filled with the roots of their adult teeth which slowly grow downward over their lifetime. They also chew laterally (a grinding motion from side to side rather than an up and down motion). Depending on the horse and their specific dental anatomy, they will develop sharp edges to their teeth which are typically filed off once yearly. This procedure is often referred to as a “float”. These points are often very sharp and can cause painful ulcers and injury to the inside of your horse’s mouth potentially making eating and even accepting the bit painful. Typically, horses should have their teeth floated once yearly unless otherwise advised by your veterinarian.
We have also added a dental endoscope to our clinic which allows us to see images of teeth in real time that can be difficult to see during an exam.
Although we do not have gas anesthetic for horses, Bear Creek Animal Clinic is able to preform basic surgical procedures including:
For surgical procedures outside the scope of our clinic, we are happy to assist in the referral process to a specialty clinic.
New Bovine Bay
We are excited to be able to offer more services in Bear Creek Animal Clinic’s new bovine bay. Ample parking and turn around space as well as a drive through unloading system are making the facility a lot easier for our clients to navigate. Although our veterinary team are still available to travel to farms, we can now offer many services at the new clinic that were previously not feasible. Additional holding pens allow us to handle 3 or more animals at a time for procedures such as semen testing.
Bear Creek Animal Clinic also offers ultrasound guided pregnancy detection for our bovine clients which allows us to make the diagnosis earlier and more accurately than traditional methods.
Bear Creek and West County Animal Clincs
- Herd Health Examinations
- Vaccination and Parasite Prevention Plans
- Fecal Analysis
- Ultrasound Guided Pregnancy Testing
- Semen Testing
- Cesarean Sections and Dystocia
Herd Health Examinations
- A herd is considered a single entity.
- A herd health exam establishes a VCPR if we haven’t seen anyone from the herd for any health issues.
- A VCPR is a Veterinary Client Patient Relationship.
- As of December of 2018, Health Canada makes it mandatory to have a VCPR in order to prescribe medications for 1 year.
Please call your veterinarian if you notice symptoms of scours, blackleg, naval ill, dystocia, milk fever, bloat, or a vaginal prolapse in your herd.
A fecal analysis ensures cattle is free of internal parasites. These parasites may cause loss of body condition and may reduce immunity.
It is beneficial to know who needs to be removed from the herd. Pregnancy testing can be done at 30 days of gestation. It also gives an estimate on when you will be done calving.
This reduces the chance of turning out infertile bulls.
Cesarean Sections and Dystocia
A c-section increases the chance of a live calf during a difficult labour. It reduces the chance of maternal death and future health issues or difficulty getting pregnant.