BluePearl Pet Hospital
Mount Pleasant, SC
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
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

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.

Caroline Andrews Johnson

DVM
On the job

Dr. Caroline Andrews Johnson finds laceration repairs, urethral obstruction and trauma cases the most gratifying to treat.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Off duty

In her free time, Dr. Andrews Johnson enjoys riding her horse, Cupid, going fishing on the boat and baking sweet treats. She shares her home with her husband, Charles, and their two miniature dachshunds, Murphy and Hamlet.

If Dr. Andrews Johnson had any other job besides being a veterinarian, she would be a wedding cakebaker. She is most excited about being in Charleston for the amazing food and spending time with her family.

Danielle Fraser

DVM
On the job

Dr. Danielle Fraser finds shock and toxicity cases especially gratifying to treat. She enjoys client communication and collaborating to deliver the best possible care.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Nashville Veterinary Specialists, TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown
Off duty

Dr. Fraser’s hobbies include laughing, reading, eating cheese, spending time with close family and friends, and traveling. In her free time, Dr. Fraser loves spending time with her boyfriend and her misfit pups including a crazy chocolate Labrador (Luke), silly tripod Lab mix (Walter), and lovable Pittie (Josie).

Shannon Graham

DVM
On the job

Dr. Shannon Graham finds toxicology, internal medicine and ophthalmology the most gratifying to perform.

Education
  • Internship, Veterinary Ophthalmology, Animal Eye Institute, Cincinnati, OH
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialty Care, Charlotte, NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Veterinary Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Off duty

Dr. Graham enjoys running and hiking with her dog, Cora, cheering on her teams, the Clemson Tigers and Cleveland Browns, and meeting friends for brunch or happy hour at local Charleston restaurants. She has fostered over 60 puppies until adoption and only “foster failed” once, which is how she got Cora 10 years ago.

Kelsey Harris

DVM
On the job

Dr. Kelsey Harris finds shock and trauma stabilization, toxicities and snakebite envenomation the most gratifying to treat.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Veterinary Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Off duty

Dr. Harris shares her home with two poodle mixes, Rowen and Oliver Twist.

Samantha Holmes

DVM
On the job

Dr. Samantha Holmes’ clinical interests include pain management, endocrine disorders, cardiology and surgery.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Off duty

Dr. Holmes has a 4-year-old rescue mix named Kiwi who she loves exploring with. She enjoys hiking, running, yoga, baking and cross-stitching. Since moving to Charleston, she’s taken up surfing and being a plant mom.

Christine Johnson

DVM
On the job

Dr. Christine Johnson has been practicing emergency medicine for over 10 years. She finds surgery, especially C-sections, the most gratifying to perform.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Off duty

Dr. Johnson enjoys being outdoors and hiking when the sun is shining and sitting with a good book in front of a fire when it’s a cold and rainy day. She has three rescue cats, 9-year-old Rex, 4-year-old Specs and 3-year-old Simon.

Jeremy Libby

DVM
On the job

Dr. Jeremy Libby has over 20 years of emergency medicine experience with 15 of those years serving as a medical director. He understands the importance of client education and communication to achieve the best outcome for each of his patients.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn
Off duty

Dr. Libby enjoys fly fishing, boating, camping, hiking, biking, reading and walking his hound dog,
Mary.

Ann Marcario

DVM
On the job

Dr. Ann Marcario finds working in the ER especially gratifying due to the complex nature of some cases and the nursing care. Her goal is to always provide the same quality of care to her patients as she would provide her own pets.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Newark Animal Hospital, DE
  • Clinical Rotation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, State University of New York, Geneseo
Off duty

Dr. Marcario enjoys training and competing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Krav Maga, traveling, outdoor sports, music, cooking, reading and going to the beach. She loves spending time with her husband and their pets, Duchess and Finley.

Monet McCarus

DVM
On the job

Dr. Monet McCarus’ clinical interests include trauma cases, surgery, orthopedics, oncology and ophthalmology.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, College of Charleston, SC
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, College of Charleston, SC
Off duty

Outside of work, Dr. McCarus enjoys going to the beach, singing, playing the piano and violin, gardening, and taking on DIY home projects. She loves spending time with her family, especially her fiancé and their pack of six dogs and four cats.

John McFadden

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. John McFadden’s areas of special interest include emergency medicine and treating anaphylaxis.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Alameda East, Denver, CO
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Veterinary Sciences, Clemson University, SC
Off duty

Dr. McFadden enjoys being on the water, whether that’s fishing, surfing or sailing. He also enjoys spending time in the mountains and on the rivers in the Upstate region of South Carolina.

Mark McKenzie

DVM
On the job

Dr. Mark McKenzie has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 19 years. He finds trauma, venomous snake bites and complicated medicine cases the most gratifying to treat.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Off duty

Dr. McKenzie is an avid surfski paddler, cyclist and has participated in duathlons.

Elizabeth Ross

DVM
Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center, Middletown, CT
  • Clinical Rotation, Auburn University, AL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, Earlham College, Richmond, IN
Off duty

Dr. Ross is originally from South Florida. She loves hiking, photography and cats. Larry and Layla are her two cats.

Esther Schow

DVM
On the job

Dr. Esther Schow finds laceration repairs, C-sections and draining abscesses, such as cat bite abscesses and anal gland abscesses, the most gratifying to perform.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Houghton College, Houghton, NY
Off duty

Dr. Schow enjoys all things outdoors, traveling with friends, going to the beach, gardening and plants and spending time with her three miniature dachshunds and cat.

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.