BluePearl Pet Hospital
Brooklyn, NY
Emergency Medicine

24/7 Emergency and Specialty

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.

Patricia Joyce


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Patricia Joyce enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.

  • Internship, The Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis MO
Off duty

Dr. Joyce volunteers for animal rescue organizations and veterinary relief organizations during natural and man-made disasters. She lived in Tokyo, Japan, for several years and speaks fluent Japanese.

Candice Phipps

On the job

Dr. Candice Phipps served as a government veterinarian for the country of Jamaica for over 13 years before she moved to the U.S. to become an emergency clinician for BluePearl in 2015.

Her passion is surgery with particular interest in wound healing and repair as it can involve surgical reconstruction and challenging wound repair procedures. Dr. Phipps takes pride in her diagnostic skills, including abdominal fast scans, and her commitment to the human animal bond.

  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Sierra Veterinary Specialists, Reno, NV
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Fellowship, Small Animal Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Off duty

Dr. Phipps loves performing 5 and 10 km medium-distance running, going to the beach, experiencing new cultures and cuisines and hanging out with friends, family and her adorable shih tzu mix, Daisy.

Stephanie Silberstang


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Stephanie Silberstang’s special interests include wound management, respiratory diseases and critical care.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Charlotte NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Off duty

Dr. Silberstang enjoys rock climbing/bouldering, walking her dogs, traveling abroad, listening to live music and Asian food. A pitbull lover, Dr. Silberstang has two pit bull-Catahoula mixes named Tembo and Laika and a cockatiel named Doobie.

Clarice Souza Morris


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Clarice Souza Morris is interested in addressing toxic substance ingestion because the prognosis is often good and clearing the substance is gratifying.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Off duty

Dr. Souza Morris enjoys playing board games with her family. She loves games that involve strategy and some luck! One of her favorites is Catan.

Laura Stock

VMD, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice)
Board Certified Veterinary Practitioner (Canine & Feline Practice)

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Laura Stock’s particular clinical interests include intoxications and endocrine diseases.

  • Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine & Feline Practice)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Bioresource Research & Animal Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis
Off duty

Dr. Stock enjoys time with her husband running, biking, hiking and eating her way through NYC. They share their home with a ridgeless Rhodesian ridgeback and two cats.

David Wohlstadter

On the job

In addition to being an emergency clinician, Dr. David Wohlstadter is a certified canine rehabilitation therapist. This therapy has been shown to improve dogs’ mobility and strength, particularly for geriatric dogs suffering from arthritic conditions and other musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions. Rehab is also particularly helpful after surgery for all ages to help dogs regain muscle mass and coordination.

  • Certification in Canine Rehabilitation, Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Wellington, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, St Louis University, MO
  • Bachelor of Arts, St Louis University, MO
Off duty

Dr. Wohlstadter is married to a veterinarian and enjoys spending time with his large family, which includes many people, many dogs and many cats.

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.