Welcome to The Blue Cross Animal Hospital

Blue Cross is a full-service animal hospital that welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Our five veterinarians have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering routine pet care. Beyond first-rate care, we welcome you as members of our own family, making our clinic calm and comfortable, so your pet can look forward to visiting the vet!

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (716) 832-2800, or email us at mail@bcahonline.com and we'll promptly get back to you.

Our office is centrally located in Amherst NY on Main street and very easy to get to -- just check out the map below!

Accepting new furry family members since 1939!

We have news about the Lyme Vaccine!!

As dog owners, I'm sure most of you have heard about the increasing prevalence of ticks and Lyme disease in the Western New York region. Until this year, we haven't had to worry too much about ticks. We have typically recommended tick prevention (Bravecto or Activyl) throughout the warmer months of the year.

But now, given the increasing numbers of ticks and Lyme positive dogs we are seeing, we are recommending you prevent the actual infection with a very effective vaccine. It's called Vanguard CR Lyme, and it is over 90% effective at preventing Lyme disease, even if a tick with Lyme is to attach to your dog.

Whenever it is over 40 degrees Fahrenheit outside, ticks are moving around and waiting to attach to a host, and who better than your furry dog. These past couple of winters have been uncharacteristically warm, and that trend may continue. Please protect your dog year-round by getting the new Lyme vaccine here at Blue Cross!

Dogs as young as 8 weeks old can receive the first vaccine, which needs to be boosted 3-4 weeks later.

If your dog has been to Blue Cross within the last 6 months for an exam, we can administer the vaccine during a technician appointment (for only the cost of the vaccine). Before administering any vaccine, we always listen to your pet's heart and lungs, as well as take its temperature. If it's been longer than six months since we've seen your pooch, we will require a full exam prior to administering the vaccine, as we need to make sure your pet's health status hasn't changed.

Please call us with any questions you may have about the vaccine, or to set up your appointment to get your dog protected!


Michelle Horton, DVM

Medical Director


  • "I went today to take my kitty, Cookie to the vet for the first time, and I have to say was the best experience ever!Everyone there was so friendly and compassionate. Everything was explained very well. My little Cookie enjoyed his first time there and wants to say thank you. I'm definitely coming back!!!!!"
  • "Thank you so much to Dr. Brown and staff for treating Mia with dignity and love and for helping us through the heartbreaking experience of putting our beautiful friend to sleep today. We are so grateful for all of his guidance during this difficult process."
  • "I am so thankful every day for the staff at Blue Cross. They go out of their way time and again to take the best possible care of both of my dogs. Thank you thank you for how much you care for my family. My dogs mean the world to me."

Featured Articles

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  • Seasonal Care

    Heat Stroke Heatstroke may kill or seriously injure your pet—but it can easily be avoided by adhering to the following tips. Never leave pets in cars on warm days. Exercise your pet during the cool part of the day. Look out for rapid breathing, loud panting or staggering; these can be signs of dehydration, ...

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  • Recognizing Illnesses

    Only a healthy pet is a happy companion. Assuring your pet's daily well-being requires regular care and close attention to any hint of ill health. The American Veterinary Medical Association therefore suggests that you consult your veterinarian if your pet shows any of the following signs: * Abnormal ...

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  • Mealtime

    Puppies Feed a high quality diet designed for puppies. A wide variety of diets and formulations are available and your veterinarian should be your primary source of information as to the best choice for your puppy. The amount fed will vary with the type of food and the individual dog, but in general, ...

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  • Ticks

    Ticks are the small wingless external parasites, living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and occasionally reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that are often found in freshly mown grass, where they will rest themselves at the tip of a blade so as to attach themselves ...

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  • Seizures

    Seizures are common in dogs, but more unusual in cats. Seizures are just symptoms which can occur with many kinds of diseases. They can happen because of diseases outside the brain or inside the brain. Low blood sugar that can happen with an overdose of insulin or with a tumor of the pancreas can cause ...

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  • Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

    The rupture of the cruciate ligament is the most common knee injury in the dog. This injury has two common presentations. One is the young athletic dog playing roughly who acutely ruptures the ligament and is non-weight bearing on the affected hind leg. The second presentation is the older, overweight ...

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  • Luxating Patella

    Luxating patella is a condition where the kneecap (patella) moves out of its normal position. Luxating patella is one of the most common knee joint abnormalities of dogs, but it is only occasionally seen in cats. It may affect one or both of the knees. In some cases it moves (luxates) towards the inside ...

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  • Liver Shunt

    A liver shunt is also named a PSS, portosystemic shunt, portacaval shunt or portosystemic vascular anomaly. This abnormality occurs when a pet's venous blood from the intestine bypasses the liver. In the normal pet, blood vessels pick up nutrients from ingested material in the intestine and carry it ...

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  • Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism is the natural deficiency of thyroid hormone and is the most common hormone imbalance of dogs. This deficiency is produced by several different mechanisms. The most common cause (at least 95% of cases) is immune destruction of the thyroid gland. It can also be caused by natural atrophy ...

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  • Epilepsy

    Epilepsy (often referred to as a seizure disorder) is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. It is commonly controlled with medication, although surgical methods are used as well. Epileptic seizures are classified both by their patterns of activity in the brain ...

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