BluePearl Pet Hospital
Phoenix, AZ
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.

Jared Brethouwer

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.

  • 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.

Lisa Driben


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Lisa Driben’s professional interests include soft tissue surgery, metabolic or endocrine emergencies and toxicology.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Off duty

Dr. Driben enjoys running, biking and hiking. She has two twin daughters and two dogs – a shepherd/pug mix named Lola and a pug named Wilbur.

Kristin Kelly


Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. Matthew’s University, West Bay, Cayman Islands
  • Master of Business Administration, Healthcare Management, Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI

Marangely Santiago


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Marangely Santiago is particularly interested in emergency medicine and theriogenology.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Off duty

Dr. Santiago has a six-year-old shih tzu named Matthew who enjoys visiting parks and performing tricks for treats. Her hobbies include hiking, going to the movies and exploring Arizona.

Selina Velasquez


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Selina Velasquez is an Arizona native, born and raised in northern Phoenix. She is the “oddball” who enjoys the heat. During her internship with the Emergency Animal Clinic, she realized that she enjoys emergency medicine but also has a clinical interest in cardiology.

  • Internship, Emergency and Critical Care, Emergency Animal Clinic, Gilbert AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Bachelor of Science, Agribusiness, Arizona State University, Tempe
Off duty

Dr. Velasquez likes watching shows and movies, exercising, and cooking and baking. She has three dogs: a white Pekingese named Chrissy, a brindle Scottish terrier named Agnes and a black Scottish terrier named Hazel.

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.