BluePearl Pet Hospital
Augusta, GA
Emergency Medicine

Emergency and Specialty
Please call before arriving
Mon 7 am-Fri 2 am
Sat & Sun: 7 am-Midnight
Tue-Fri by appointment

Pet emergency medicine by BluePearl.

Pet emergencies can be scary – we’re here to help you handle them.

We understand that seeing your pet sick, hurt or in distress can be stressful – especially if you don’t know what’s wrong. Fortunately, our experienced ER clinicians are prepared to take action and help.

A vet specialist holds a small grey puppy wearing a cone on an exam table.

Common pet emergencies.

A BluePearl anesthesiology and pain management vet prepares to fix an anesthetic facemask on a yellow lab while a vet tech helps hold the dog on the exam table.

Acting quickly in an emergency may save your pet’s life.

If your pet is experiencing an emergency, you’ll have an entire veterinary team helping them so you can get back to what matters most – spending precious moments together.

  • Accidents, injuries and trauma (hit-by-car, animal attacks, etc.)
  • Bleeding 
  • Bloat (gastric dilatation volvulus, or GDV)
  • Collapse or unresponsiveness
  • Complications from chronic diseases 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Straining to urinate
  • Ingestion of medications, poisons or objects 
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Our emergency team.

Experience makes all the difference. 

Our emergency team is made up of veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants, and support staff with rigorous training and experience in specialty medicine. The team works hand in hand to provide the comprehensive, compassionate care your pet needs and deserves. Because we’re a multidisciplinary hospital, the team can consult the expertise of other specialty departments, too.

Sequoia Bruinton


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Sequoia Bruinton enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.

  • Internship, Cardiology, Animal Specialty & Emergency Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal, Poultry & Veterinary Science, Tuskegee University, AL
Off duty

Dr. Bruinton enjoys running, reading, horseback riding and spending time with her family.

Maria Flippo


Emergency Medicine
On the job

As a dedicated emergency clinician, Dr. Maria Flippo is particularly interested in trauma and toxicity cases.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergency and Referrals, Chattanooga, TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Clemson University, SC
Off duty

Outside of work, Dr. Flippo loves traveling with her husband and son, and she also enjoys Pilates. She has two dogs, a Chihuahua and a Labrador retriever.

Marilyn Rumbaugh

Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Large Animal

Emergency Medicine
On the job

A board-certified large animal surgeon, Dr. Marilyn Rumbaugh is now an emergency clinician and finds it especially rewarding. Her interests include wound management and toxicology.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Large Animal
  • Residency, Large Animal Surgery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Physiology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Internship, Equine Medicine & Surgery, Pioneer Equine Hospital, Oakdale, CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Science, University of Nevada, Reno
Off duty

Dr. Rumbaugh’s hobbies include horseback riding and CrossFit. She has four dogs and two horses.

George Runnels


Emergency Medicine
On the job

A highly experienced clinician, Dr. George Runnels has successfully managed thousands of medical and surgical conditions, from infectious disease to orthopedic injuries. He began his career in a dairy practice in North Carolina and has practiced emergency veterinary medicine in the Augusta area since 2003.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
Off duty

Dr. Runnels and his wife are active members of their church, along with their three daughters. They enjoy outdoor activities such as basketball, volleyball, tennis and golf. Their family includes Pumpkin and Sandy, two of the best dogs ever.

What to expect.

We know an unexpected trip to the emergency pet hospital can be stressful, and we want you to be prepared so you have one less thing to worry about. Our entire BluePearl team will be with you every step of the way.

Before your visit

  • If possible, call us before arriving so we can discuss your pet’s condition, help you with directions and prepare our team.
  • Collect your pet’s medical records, current medication or any historical information.
  • If your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, bring the substance with you if it’s safe to do so.

During your visit

  • When you arrive, let us know if you need help bringing your pet in from the car, and we’ll be ready to assist you.
  • Our team will perform an initial triage exam on your pet to assess their condition.
  • To stabilize your pet, we may need to administer IV fluids, pain medications, oxygen therapy and sometimes blood or plasma transfusions.
  • Before you leave, you’ll receive discharge instructions and a list of any recommended medications.

After your visit

  • We’ll let your family veterinarian know about your pet’s condition and the treatment they receive at BluePearl. This communication is key in the ongoing management of your pet’s care.
  • You know your pet better than anyone, and you play a crucial role in any follow-up treatment necessary. If you have any concerns about providing care at home (such as giving medication or monitoring your pet’s symptoms), let us know – we’re here for you.