BluePearl Pet Hospital
Downtown NYC
New York, NY
Emergency Medicine

Emergency and Specialty
Mon 7 am-Thu 7 pm
Fri: 7 am-7 pm
Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm

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.

Laura Gibeon


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Laura Gibeon enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England
Off duty

Dr. Gibeon enjoys rock climbing, skiing and time with her family, which includes two cats, Sponge and Schmutzig.

Sabrina Katz


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Sabrina Katz values the importance of calm communication and empathy with her emergency clients. Her medical interests include trauma, toxins, emergency surgery, and neurologic emergencies.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angel Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham MA
Off duty

In her spare time, Dr. Katz likes running, biking, hiking, spending time in nature, reading, enjoying family time and taking care of her many plants.

Sayre Sundberg


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Sayre Sundberg is most interested in emergency medicine, specifically electrolyte imbalances, toxicology and cardiology.

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Bachelor of Art, Art History, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Off duty

Dr. Sundberg enjoys contemporary art, playing piano, skydiving and lounging with her two native New York felines, Rioja and Semicolon.

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.