BluePearl Pet Hospital
Pittsburgh South
Washington, PA
Emergency Medicine

After-Hours Emergency and Specialty
Mon 7 am-Thu 7 am
Urgent care:
Thu 7 am-5 pm
Sun: 7 am-7 pm
Mon-Fri: By appointment

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.

Rachel Adams


Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Rachel Adams’ clinical interests include surgical emergencies and polytrauma. As specialty service head, she supervises the specialty and emergency clinicians at our Washington, PA, hospital.

  • Fellowship, Small Animal Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Metropolitan Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital, Akron, OH
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Adrian College, MI
Off duty

Dr. Adams loves to play and watch ice hockey, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins. Other favorite pastimes include snowboarding, soccer and running. Her family includes her husband, son, and two dogs: Shetland sheepdog, Reese, and Catahoula mix, Trafford.

Nikita Ahuja

On the job

Dr. Nikita Ahuja is most interested in working with exotics and endangered species and even has experience working with rhinos and lions in Africa.

  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus, NJ
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Off duty

Dr. Ahuja is also a fitness and dance instructor and loves going to the gym, hiking and spending time at the beach in her free time. She is hoping to adopt a dog soon!

Shari Brown

On the job

Dr. Shari Brown particularly enjoys treating dental and dermatology cases.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital, Downers Grove IL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Albion College, MI
Off duty

Dr. Brown’s favorite pastimes include reading and traveling. She is married with three daughters and two cats, Cody and Flower.

Joey Kallem

On the job

After working in primary care and emergency medicine in Chicago for 12 years, Dr. Joey Kallem joined us in Pittsburgh where she loves complicated medical emergencies. She also has a special interest in exotic animal medicine.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
Off duty

Married with two boys, Dr. Kallem is a black belt in karate and Tae Kwon Do. She also loves to read, paddle board and ride her horse Rudy. The family has two dogs, three cats, one lizard, two birds, one fish and a rat living in the house with them.

Casey Simchik

On the job

Dr. Casey Simchik finds laceration repairs, abscesses, toxicities, neurologic disorders and infectious diseases the most gratifying to treat.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Alfred University, NY
Off duty

Dr. Simchik enjoys running, photography, traveling and learning about other cultures. She also enjoys taking her mixed breed dog, Tenney, to the dog park and watching TV with her cat, Alley.

Kate Stewart

On the job

Dr. Kate Stewart is a doctor in our emergency service. Conditions she especially enjoys treating include immune-mediated thrombocytopenia and anemia, transfusion medicine, seizure disorders and toxicities.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists, Louisville KY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Centre College, Danville KY
Off duty

Dr. Stewart enjoys riding hunter/jumper horses and going to concerts. She has two dachshund mixes and two guinea pigs.

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.