BluePearl Pet Hospital
Del Rey Oaks, 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.

Michael Howland


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Michael Howland has a special interest in emergency and critical care medicine. His clinical interests also include gastrointestinal diseases (e.g., GDV, acute hemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome), foreign body surgery, brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome and other airway diseases, epidemiology, reproductive emergencies (e.g., dystocia, pyometra), and septicemia.

  • Clinical Rotation, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Off duty

Dr. Howland lives with his partner of ten years and their two dogs: a French bulldog and a mixed breed.

Deepak Kumar


Emergency Medicine
On the job

After earning his veterinary degree in India, Dr. Deepak Kumar relocated to the United States and earned his Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE®) certificate from Oklahoma State University. His interests in the field of small animal veterinary medicine include small animal surgery, internal medicine and ultrasound.

  • Master of Veterinary Science, Veterinary Biochemistry, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar, India
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar, India

Stephanie Paclot


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Stephanie Paclot’s wide-ranging experience treating multiple species gives her a broader approach to diagnosing and treating her patients. She practices medicine with an open mind and focus on her patients’ quality of life. Her special interests include toxicities, emergency surgery, and critical care for hospitalized patients.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Loomis Basin, CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
Off duty

Outside of work, Dr. Paclot enjoys hiking with her husband and Siberian husky, taking long walks on the beautiful beach, traveling the world and discovering new cultures, practicing yoga and ballroom dancing, sewing, cooking, and surfing.

Taina Power


Emergency Medicine

Bill Sullenberger


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Bill Sullenberger thrives on the variability of emergency cases, including trauma, toxicities, soft tissue surgeries, and the management of acute and chronic illnesses. He has a special interest for avian and exotic animals.

Dr. Sullenberger is the son of an emergency veterinarian and husband to a veterinary rehabilitation therapist. He is a dedicated emergency clinician who helped open and build our BluePearl Pet Hospital in Monterey.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Evolution and Ecology Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Off duty

Outside of work, Dr. Sullenberger is an avid board sports enthusiast. He spends his free time with his two children, two dogs, three cats, and bird.

Leslie Takesaka


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Leslie Takesaka finds emergency cases the most gratifying to treat.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington D.C.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biopsychology, Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Off duty

Dr. Takesaka enjoys hiking, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.

Jenny Tan


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Jenny Tan finds emergency surgeries the most gratifying to practice.

  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, Akron, OH
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, Longmont, CO
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Animal Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cell Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Off duty

Dr. Tan enjoys rock climbing, tennis, reading and eating. She has a rabbit named Pancake.

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.