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Our Services

We focus exclusively on emergency treatment and advanced specialty veterinary care.  (For annual vaccines and wellness care, please see your primary care veterinarian.)

Types of Specialties & Services

Each BluePearl pet hospital is unique. Our South Hills hospital offers these specialties and services provided by skilled, compassionate and dedicated professionals.

Emergency Medicine

If you believe your pet is sick, hurt or in distress, we’re here to provide expert care. Our trained emergency clinicians are prepared to diagnose and treat urgent cases, including severely injured or critically ill pets. Common emergency cases we see include:

  • Animal attacks
  • Bleeding
  • Collapse episodes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Hit-by-car accidents
  • Ingestion of medications, poisons or objects
  • Seizure
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Vomiting

Through every step of your pet’s emergency care experience, we keep you and your pet’s primary veterinarian informed and involved.

Anesthesiology & Pain Management

Our anesthesiology and pain management service works with other specialties in the hospital to provide safe and comfortable sedation and anesthesia for pets during diagnostic and surgical procedures. Using sophisticated tools to monitor your pet under anesthesia, our experts utilize advanced techniques to control pain.

Cardiology (Offered through Pittsburgh Veterinary Cardiology)

Critical Care

Critical care patients come to our hospital due to trauma, the development of an acute life-threatening illness or immediately following major surgery. Our critical care service carefully evaluates each patient and creates a custom monitoring plan by measuring variables such as pulse, heart rate, blood pressure and more.

We are prepared to treat many different types of trauma, including:

  • Sepsis
  • Respiratory distress
  • Blood transfusions

Dermatology (Offered through Pittsburgh Veterinary Dermatology)

Diagnostic Imaging

Our radiology service performs many non-invasive and minimally invasive diagnostic procedures. These services allow the specialty clinicians unique, non-invasive opportunities for evaluating various diseases.

Internal Medicine

Veterinary internists are trained to take care of patients who can’t tell them what’s wrong. By using the pet’s history, clinical signs, lab results, imaging studies and other testing, our internal medicine specialists can diagnose severe, chronic illnesses or symptoms that appear suddenly.


For pets experiencing eye problems, our ophthalmology team is trained to diagnose and treat a variety of ocular conditions using surgical and non-invasive techniques. Your primary veterinarian may refer you to our ophthalmology service if your pet is experiencing problems like:

  • Cataracts
  • Cornea injuries
  • Retinal disease
  • Dry eye
  • Eyelid and eyelash injuries or abnormalities
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammation and conjunctivitis
  • Third eyelid, or cherry eye

Radiation Oncology (Offered through Pet Cure Oncology)


When your pet needs surgery, our veterinary surgery team is ready to provide the best possible care. Our hospital is equipped with advanced tools, technology and monitoring capabilities to provide sophisticated medical care and compassionate service during your pet’s time of need.

Surgery may be the best option for pets with:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic diseases like ear or respiratory tract infections
  • Congenital conditions like dysplasia or heart defects
  • Hernias
  • Trauma or injuries, including fractures, ligament and tendon injuries

Veterinary Social Work Services

A cat's paw rests on a person's open hand.Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center is proud to offer veterinary social work services for our clients. We value the close relationship you have with your pet and support the need for counseling after a loss or traumatic experience.

Lori Harbert has been a social worker for more than 15 years and has a strong background in the field. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who specializes in mental health counseling, trauma-informed care, crisis counseling and grief and bereavement counseling. 

Sally Timko has been a veterinary social worker for Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty Emergency Care (PVSEC) and Blue Pearl since 2017. Sally has her Masters’ degree in social work and had worked in the Child Welfare System for 11 years. She has worked in high-stress situations with individuals who are experiencing difficulty with exposure to highly emotional environments. She has experience in navigating drug and alcohol, mental health, compassion fatigue, burnout, grief and loss, bereavement and domestic violence situations.

Social work services provided include:

  • Telephone/private support
  • Guidance in pet decision-making, including palliative care & euthanasia
  • Support group meetings
  • Referrals and resources
  • Information on pet loss
  • Compassion fatigue management

Our information hotline telephone number is 412.348.6515.

Our Pet Loss & Grief Support Group meets the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  There is no fee for the group but reservations are required. Please email us at socialwork@bluepearlvet.com to make a reservation, or to ask any questions you may have.