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."

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