BluePearl Pet Hospital
Murfreesboro, TN
Emergency Medicine


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.

Meghan Henkel


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Meghan Henkel finds emergency and critical care medicine, including emergency surgery, especially gratifying. Her professional interests include nutrition, anatomy and research. She is skilled in thoracic and abdominal triage ultrasound as well as Fear Free pet handling techniques.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Nashville Veterinary Specialists + Animal Emergency, TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Laura Loftin


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Laura Loftin’s particular interests include canine gastric dilatation volvulus, relieving urinary obstructions, foreign body ingestions, and toxicities.

  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital, Austin
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Mississippi State University, Starkville
Off duty

Dr. Loftin enjoys traveling, bootcamp style workouts, watching Mississippi State sports, and spending time with her husband, son and the family’s two dogs, German shepherd Diesel and golden retriever Deacon.

Jason Wolf

On the job

Dr. Jason Wolf is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. He enjoys helping animals in time of need, relieving suffering and pain and helping relieve some worry from owners.

Dr. Wolf finds intervertebral disk disease and trauma cases the most gratifying to treat.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture-Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Martin
Off duty

Dr. Wolf and his wife have a mini-zoo at home that consists of Roxy the boxer mix, Ringo the California king snake, Albya the cockatiel, and Nosy the cat. His hobbies include home improvement projects, bonfires, board games with friends and outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking and scuba diving.

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.