BluePearl Pet Hospital
Buffalo
Cheektowaga, NY
Emergency Medicine

24/7 Emergency

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.

Danelle Capobianco

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada

Kristina Doyle

MS, DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Kristina Doyle’s professional interests include surgery and emergency medicine. She is passionate about client communication, preventative health and team building.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Master of Science, Public Policy, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Ecology and Evolution, University of Rochester, NY
Off duty

Dr. Doyle enjoys hiking with her dog, kayaking, traveling, cooking and reading.

Kimberly Leys

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Kim Leys finds emergency and exotic animal medicine particularly exciting.

Education
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, Long Island University, Southampton, NY
Off duty

Dr. Leys’ interests include national ski patrol, 4H, homestead farming and sheep herding.

Jacqueline Miller

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

After a few years in general practice, Dr. Jacqueline Miller decided to return to her passion for emergency veterinary medicine. Her professional interests include anesthesiology, neurology and pocket pet medicine.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of North Texas, Denton
Off duty

In her free time, Dr. Miller enjoys nature walks, bouldering, reading and astronomy.

Kathleen Muckenhirn

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Kathleen Muckenhirn has multiple professional interests, including behavioral, emergency and exotic animal medicine as well as soft tissue surgery.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Connecticut, Mansfield
Off duty

Dr. Muckenhirn enjoys hiking and training new skills with her dog Tonks; they’re working on parkour, scent and obedience with hopes to start agility and draft skills soon. She also enjoys watching action movies at home with her three cats or at the drive-in theater.

Allison O'Toole

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Allison O’Toole has worked in shelter medicine, emergency medicine and general practice.

Education
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Technology, Biology, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY
Off duty

In her spare time, Dr. O’Toole enjoys spending time with her nephews, reading, going to concerts and traveling.

Sarah Poltis

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Sarah Poltis’ professional interests include emergency medicine, exotics and business management.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Off duty

During her time off, Dr. Poltis enjoys spending time camping, playing board games and photography. She has a dog named Dottie and two more that are shared with her family (Pickles and Jackson).

Ann-Marie Tierney

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Ann-Marie Tierney finds great satisfaction in working in an emergency setting. Her professional interests include ophthalmology, anesthesia and pain management. She enjoys teaching and sharing medical knowledge with colleagues and clients alike.

Education
  • Clinical Rotation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Anthropology, University at Buffalo, NY
Off duty

Dr. Tierney enjoys hiking with her wife and dogs – Grayson and Enzo. She is passionate about traveling to new places, seeing new animals, gardening all kinds (flowering plants, vegetables and herbs) and anything outdoors like snow shoeing, skiing, canoeing and white-water rafting.

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.