BluePearl Pet Hospital
Fresno, CA
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.

Christopher Dobbins


Emergency Medicine
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On the job

Dr. Chris Dobbins is the medical director of our Fresno hospital. He is passionate about emergency medicine and critical care, and his special interests include surgery, ultrasound, endoscopy and CT.

Dr. Dobbins kept very busy while completing his undergraduate degree at Fresno State University. He worked at the swine unit, connected with faculty members for mentorship, completed student research, and worked as a veterinary technician, which is where he became hooked on emergency medicine. He then started Fresno Pet ER, now a BluePearl hospital, in 2007 and the practice became the official veterinarian for the Fresno State mascot, Victor E. Bulldog. Dr. Dobbins established a scholarship endowment for pre-veterinary students at Fresno State so recipients can stay focused on their undergraduate studies.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Fresno State University, CA
Off duty

Dr. Dobbins enjoys spending time with his wife and their three awesome kids. Their family also includes a terrier mutt named Scooter-O and two Bengal cats: Zara and Bagheera.

Jessica Lew


Emergency Medicine
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On the job

Dr. Jessica Lew knew early on that she loved animals and has dedicated her life to helping them. As an integrative veterinarian, she is passionate about soft tissue surgery and internal medicine as well as acupuncture and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, California State University, Fresno
Off duty

Dr. Lew is an avid traveler and would like to explore all seven continents with her husband at her side. Her favorite part of the day is enjoying family time with her human family and her rambunctious pets that keep her active.

Kathleen Marsh


Emergency Medicine
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On the job

Dr. Kathleen Marsh is interested in all aspects of energy medicine and critical care.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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.