BluePearl Pet Hospital
Peoria, AZ
Emergency Medicine

24/7 Emergency

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.

Jared Brethouwer

DVM
On the job

Dr. Jared Brethouwer enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine and has a special interest in cardiopulmonary medicine and blood disorders.

Dr. Brethouwer is the medical director of all BluePearl Pet Hospitals in the greater Phoenix area.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Animal Specialty Group, San Diego CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Off duty

An outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Brethouwer likes kayaking, fishing and volleyball. Indoor pastimes include reading and cooking.

Billie Ciotti

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Servicing locations

On the job

Dr. Billie Ciotti enjoys the variety of cases seen in emergency medicine. Her professional interests include snake envenomation and urethral obstruction.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center of Arizona, Mesa
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University, Downer Grove, IL
  • Bachelor of Science, Arizona State University, Tempe
Off duty

Outside of work, Dr. Ciotti enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, family and friends, and enjoying the beauty and great food that Arizona has to offer.

Dino Herrera

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Servicing locations

On the job

An experienced senior emergency clinician, Dr. Dino Herrera’s special interests include traumatology, reconstructive soft tissue surgery and many types of emergency soft tissue surgery.

Education
  • Internship, National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM, Mexico City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Veracruz, Mexico
Off duty

Dr. Herrera grew up in various parts of Mexico and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America and Europe. Along with travel, he enjoys photography and spending time with his family and pets, Dante, an English bulldog, and Fernando, a Sphinx cat.

Kathryn McAdam

BVM&S

Emergency Medicine
Servicing locations

On the job

Dr. Kathryn McAdam finds many aspects of emergency work satisfying, but her favorite cases are foreign body surgeries. She also likes treating cats with urinary obstructions and removing foxtails, a spiny weed, from pets’ body parts.

Education
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, California State University, Los Angeles
Off duty

Dr. McAdam and her husband have four children, a dog and two cats, all of whom she loves spending time with. She also enjoys sewing, reading, researching family history and playing games.

Allison Reeder

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Servicing locations

On the job

Dr. Allison Reeder completed her internship in small animal medicine and surgery and is now working full time in emergency medicine. She has a special interest in wound management, pain management and neurology.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospitals, Phoenix AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman WA
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Washington, Seattle WA
Off duty

Dr. Reeder likes being on the water, especially paddle boarding and kayaking. She has a lab mix and border collie and two conure birds.

Alyssa Thomas

DVM
On the job

Dr. Alyssa Thomas’ clinical interests include infectious disease and autoimmune conditions.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Bachelor of Arts, German Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson
Off duty

In her free time, Dr. Thomas enjoys watching movies, traveling, camping and volunteering at an exotic animal sanctuary.

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.