BluePearl Pet Hospital
Downtown Seattle
Seattle, WA
Emergency Medicine

Emergency and Specialty
Mon 7 am-Fri 7 pm
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.

Hannah Bohbot


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Hannah Bohbot is a Fear Free and RECOVER certified veterinarian. She has a special interest in cardiac, respiratory and endocrine disorders.

  • Clinical Rotation, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson
Off duty

Dr. Bohbot enjoys hanging out with her cat, Ori, who she got while in vet school in St. Kitts. Her hobbies include trying new recipes, reading and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Jennifer Cotton


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Jennifer Cotton is particularly interested in surgery.

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, England
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Off duty

Dr. Cotton enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, reading and watching her favorite shows.

Karen Lin


Emergency Medicine
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology & Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Kathleen Wirth


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Before veterinary school, Dr. Kate Wirth was in a toxicology graduate program studying the effects of food pesticides on colonial water bird populations, but soon realized she was more interested in medicine than epidemiology and population studies. Her clinical interests include endocrine disorders, immune-mediated emergencies and traumatic wounds.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, Medford MA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, College of Wooster, OH
Off duty

Dr. Wirth enjoys running, skiing, boating, hiking, reading and cooking. She and her husband have two children, and their home includes many pets: German shepherd Lucy, cats Gus and Benny, and a variety of fish and invertebrates.

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.