BluePearl Pet Hospital
Orange Park, FL
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.

Destinee Gardiner


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Destinee Gardiner is particularly interested in sepsis, CPR and urinary obstructions.

  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Sandy Springs, GA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Pure Mathematics, University of South Florida, Tampa
Off duty

Dr. Gardiner’s husband is an ECC resident, and together they have three dogs and a cat. Her hobbies include painting, hiking, video games, salsa dancing, weightlifting and martial arts (jiu-jitsu).

Miguel Martinez


Emergency Medicine
On the job

With his master’s degree in biology, Dr. Miguel Isaac Martinez taught high school science for a year before vet school. He finds it gratifying to be able to work in emergency and critical care because he is able to assist families and their pets during some of the most difficult times.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Master of Science, Biology, North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro
Off duty

Dr. Martinez volunteers his time with community outreach and youth mentoring. An outdoor lover, he enjoys the beach, mountain biking and attending sporting events. He also likes to cook.

Kari Obermeyer


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Kari Obermeyer has over 15 years of experience as an emergency clinician in 24-hour hospitals. Her special interests include trauma cases, wound repair and management, emergency surgery and feline urethral obstruction.

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Gulpeth, Canada
Off duty

Dr. Obermeyer has two dogs and five cats. Her hobbies include long distance cycling and the Ironman triathlon.

Jessica Russell


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Jessica Russell is a doctor in our emergency service. She particularly enjoys treating wounds and severe skin injuries, thoracic trauma/pneumothorax and acute abdomens.

  • Clinical Rotation, Auburn University, AL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Allegheny College, Meadville PA
Off duty

Dr. Russell likes hiking with her dogs, even the blind great Dane. Other favorite pastimes include outdoor activities, especially surfing and snowboarding.

Pamela Vega Pérez


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Pamela Vega Pérez enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine, especially wound care and emergency surgeries.

  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Greensboro, NC
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, NV
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado, Loveland
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Technology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
Off duty

A native Puerto Rican, Dr. Vega Pérez enjoys outdoor activities like going to the beach, hiking and running. She likes staying fit with yoga and kickboxing.

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.