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 Tampa location offers these specialties and services provided by skilled, compassionate and dedicated professionals.
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
- Collapse episodes
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty urinating
- Hit-by-car accidents
- Ingestion of medications, poisons or objects
- Severe diarrhea
Through every step of your pet’s emergency care experience, we keep you and your pet’s primary veterinarian informed and involved.
Griffin’s BluePearl story: A squeaky situation.
Griffindor, or just Griffin as his owner Miriam calls him, is one tenacious chewer. Any toy he gets, he wants to also get to what’s on the inside like many dogs also are known to do.
One day, Griffin’s persistent chewing caught up with him and he became sicker and sicker. Miriam suspected it might be related to his little habit, and began looking for a vet that could help him immediately. That’s when she brought Griffin to the emergency and specialty vets at BluePearl in Tampa.
Griffin needed surgery as soon as possible to remove the plastic squeakers he had swallowed that became lodged in his stomach and small intestine. The critical care and surgical team at BluePearl were able to successfully remove the foreign bodies from his GI tract, and Griffin quickly recovered.
Watch more of Griffin’s story.
Our veterinary cardiology team diagnoses and treats diseases of the heart and lungs. We use advanced imaging tools and techniques to identify your pet’s specific condition and develop a treatment plan. Cardiology patients have a variety of treatment options, including minimally invasive procedures.
Your pet’s primary veterinarian may refer you to our cardiology service for:
- Newly diagnosed heart murmur or recent increase in murmur grade (1-6)
- Episodes of collapse or fainting
- Irregular breathing or respiratory distress
- Chronic coughing
- High or low blood pressure
- Diagnosed heart failure or heart disease
- Irregular heart rhythm
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:
- Respiratory distress
- Blood transfusions
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.
In-Home Hospice Services
The goal of pet hospice is to help senior or terminally ill pets live the fullest life possible for the time that remains. If your pet has been diagnosed with a painful or life-limiting condition, they may be referred to a hospice veterinarian for:
- In-home senior care
- Pain and symptom management
- Hospice and palliative care
- Quality of life consultations
- End-of-life services
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.
Medical & Radiation Oncology
Our compassionate oncology team offers a variety of treatment options for pets with cancer. Patients benefit from our comprehensive approach to cancer care, which uses advanced combinations of surgical, medical (chemotherapy), immunological and radiation therapy.
From initial diagnosis to ongoing care, we take an integrative approach to treating cancer that includes:
- Taking time to listen to and answer all your questions and concerns about your pet’s cancer treatment
- Creating a treatment plan tailored to your pet’s individual needs
- Working within your schedule for delivering therapy
- Maintaining regular updates with your pet’s referring family veterinarian
By helping you understand your pet’s disease and by providing appropriate educational tools, we all work together to improve and promote your pet’s best quality of life.
Spotlight on Radiation Oncology: Fisher's BluePearl Story
Fisher the Maine Coon is an adventurous cat who, unlike some felines, can't get enough of the water. He spends his days on boats, floats and even paddleboards, and not much can get in his way. But then, something did.
When his owner found a small, hard lump along Fisher's ribcage, a visit to his primary veterinarian for some tests confirmed that it was injection-site sarcoma. Fisher's veterinarian recommended our BluePearl hospital in Tampa, FL, as he could receive comprehensive specialty care all in one place.
Our hospital teams are filled with strong caregivers who are also compassionate heroes. Our Tampa team's primary concern was to get Fisher better and ensure his quality of life along the way so that he could get back to all of his big adventures.
Neurology & Neurosurgery
Our neurology team uses advanced imaging technologies, cutting-edge medical therapies and surgical procedures to diagnose and treat patients with neurological disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
Some of the most common neurological disorders we see include:
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- Brain and spinal cord trauma
- Disc herniation and other lumbosacral disorders
- Brain tumors
- Neuromuscular disease
For pets experiencing eye problems, ophthalmologists are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of ocular conditions using surgical and non-invasive techniques. Your primary veterinarian may refer you to an ophthalmologist if your pet is experiencing problems like:
- Cornea injuries
- Retinal disease
- Dry eye
- Eyelid and eyelash injuries or abnormalities
- Inflammation and conjunctivitis
- Third eyelid, or cherry eye
Radioiodine I-131 Treatment
If your cat is experiencing symptoms including changes in behavior or eating habits, weight loss, fever, rapid heartbeat, changes in litter box habits, shedding or diarrhea, they may have a condition called hyperthyroidism.
Similar to humans, cats have a thyroid gland that regulates their metabolism. If the gland develops a tumor (almost all are non-cancerous), hyperthyroidism can occur. Untreated, this condition can be fatal. Our BluePearl veterinary specialists can diagnose this condition and treat your cat, often with a single injection.
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:
- Chronic diseases like ear or respiratory tract infections
- Congenital conditions like dysplasia or heart defects
- Trauma or injuries, including fractures, ligament and tendon injuries
Our surgery team offers a new treatment for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis called Synovetin OA. This long-lasting, injectable treatment can help provide relief from pain and inflammation in your pet for a full year.
Veterinary Blood Blank
Veterinary blood donor programs collect and store blood to better support pets in need. It’s our goal to provide access to life-saving blood products for pets, and your pet may be able to help. Contact us to learn more about requirements and whether your pet is eligible to help save lives.
Our team respects the close bond between pet owners and their pets and treats each with dignity, compassion and kindness.