Life Care Animal Hospital

We are here to service the cities of St. Paul, MN, Maplewood, MN, White Bear Lake, MN, Oakdale, MN, Woodbury, MN, North St. Paul, MN, Cottage Grove, MN, Minneapolis, MN, Lake Elmo, MN, Roseville, MN and more!

We believe in treating every pet as if they were our own, providing the same level of dedicated attention and care. We’ve proudly served the greater Saint Paul community since 1995 by offering a variety of petcare services that ensure your furry friends are happy and healthy for the long haul. We’re a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers devoted to our patients’ lasting wellness. By providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service, your pet will soon feel right at ease with our St. Paul vets.

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★★★★★ The staff at this clinic are amazing. Everyone treats me and my puppy very well. The treatment was great. My puppy received treatment right away when he was in the clinic. Thank you very much for your servicePaj H.Paj H. ★★★★★ Staff is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. They take very good care of my elderly Labrador and can even handle my Akita who HATES the vet. Overall I would recommend Lifecare to anyone I know who wants to be assured their animals are taken care of properly.Michael F.Michael F. ★★★★★ Top notch service from amazing people. Everytime I bring in any of my love ones here, I feel that I'm taking them to the best of the best. I always leave satisfied with a better understanding of how to care for my loved ones. It's awesome that their employees bring their babies there for care. That's when you know it's legit 👌. If you looking for a new or even a temporary place of care for your loved ones this is the spot. Madelyn Rose, Lucca, MJ, Yaxter and the crew loved their times here.Drew M.Drew M. ★★★★★ I called in need of help for my beautiful Shepard/ ridgeback mix. Her name is Allie Randy Gene Moss Erickson. Anyway, She had a big nasty cyst on her back and it busted open. Staff from life care guided me through how to temporarily manage the bleeding and get her the care she needed. Best staff ever, I think it was Jamie who helped me? What a wonderful woman working for a wonderful business. 10/10 will bring my bubby baby boo back there if she has any additional needs.Kyle E.Kyle E. ★★★★★ When reaching out, I was able to schedule a same day appointment to have my new pup seen related to what I thought was an eye infection.Everyone was very friendly, attentive and caring. They provided us with a referral to an ophthalmologist and puppy had his first vaccine. All while making him feel comfortable and assuring me that he would be okay.Judy J.Judy J. ★★★★★ I started bringing my dogs here in 2016. In 2020 we moved to Chicago. I still bring my dogs to Life Care. I plan appointments around my Minnesota visits. Good people, reasonable and transparent pricing. They’re also good about not trying to upsell. They are far more concerned about making sure the animals receive the attention and treatment they need than they are about adding additional and unnecessary line items to the invoice. I respect them for that and tend to listen to their recommendations far more intently because I know the welfare of their patients is their priority above all else. Wholeheartedly recommend Life CareMike M.Mike M. ★★★★★ Close to home & experienced staff.Alexandra G.Alexandra G. ★★★★★ The level of care at Life Care Animal Hospital is second to none. The staff and doctors are incredibly personable, informative and caring. They’ve diligently attended to my cat for years now and I’ve been determined to continue seeing them for most of my veterinary needs despite moving across town a few years ago. I will continue to go out of my way to ensure my best friend gets the best possible care. I can’t recommend Life Care enough!Jake F.Jake F. ★★★★★ Always a positive experience for me and my fur babies. The facility is immaculate, the staff is so genuinely empathetic, helpful, patient, courteous and friendly, appointments are as scheduled, the atmosphere is peaceful and stress free for my animals…and the techs and the doc are fabulous!I highly recommend Life Care Animal Hospital!Alexa O.Alexa O. ★★★★★ My puppy, Fritz, loves everyone at Life Care! I appreciate their help and guidance to do what's best for my pets. My elder dog, Schatzi, feels the same.Patricia P.Patricia P. ★★★★★ Great staffLisa L.Lisa L. ★★★★★ My family has been going.to Life Care Animal Hospital for many years. The entire staff is welcoming and expresses love for all animals. My rescue dog Bernie had a kidney disease. Dr. Helga showed such love with him. She's highly educated, and truly loves her job.Nancy S.Nancy S. ★★★★★ VERY good with my pup....very thorough on diagnosis....very nice staff....Gary and Pat S.Gary and Pat S. ★★★★★ This was the place for me and my pup , I had no money the doctors here agreed to see my pup any ways with one condition. That if my pup were in pain I'd let them put him down. My pup was constipated we left with Iles both my pup and myself . This place truly cares for your pet . They understand the need for care . So grateful for these doctors.Tammy Flint L.Tammy Flint L. ★★★★★ Came here for the first time this afternoon (moved here last year from California) and can’t believe how welcoming everyone was. Truly, this was the best vet experience I’ve ever had. By far. From the front desk to the technicians to the doctors, so many incredible women, my kitty was so well taken care of and I was treated with the utmost respect along with warm kindness throughout the entire experience. When I called in yesterday about my cat’s eye infection, they were able to give me an emergency appointment the following day (today) but even advised me to try and get in right away yesterday somewhere else if I could. The fact that they genuinely care so much about the animals, they were letting me know how serious an eye infection can be and chose my cat’s well-being over them getting my business, says it all. I wasn’t able to get in anywhere else yesterday right away, so kept my appointment here today, and am so grateful it worked out this way so I was able to discover this place. Amazing experience all around.Katelyn G.Katelyn G. ★★★★★ Great staff and clean. Beverly C is my hooman caregiver who brings me in.Marilyn K.Marilyn K. ★★★★★ Good peopleVirginia V.Virginia V. ★★★★★ Dr. McKenna and the whole team have always treated my dog like their own. They are honest, patient, caring and realistic. I have moved twice since finding them and continue to drive to them for all of my pet needs.Haley B.Haley B. ★★★★★ They are so gentle with our very shy dog! Rhonda is our one our favorite vet techs and is so good with our pup! We feel so grateful to know she is in good hands.Emily L.Emily L. ★★★★★ Life Care Animal Hospital has been caring for my pets for over 5 years. The staff is friendly, caring, and always has time to fit me in when it's urgent. They are upfront about their pricing and will let me know the cost and total estimate before performing any procedures. They are very sensitive to the feelings and needs of my cats (two of whom are VERY timid) -- they even anticipated the needs of my young daughter with autism and immediately moved us to a more spacious, homey examination room with comfortable seating, without even being asked, when they could see she was starting to get stressed. I would definitely recommend this vet to anyone in the St. Paul area.Romy O.Romy O. ★★★★★ I have a 17 year old puppy who has never seen any body else. I highly recommend life care they have been so good and so caring with my baby, and at 17 years old she will end her life with them also. I am crying just writing this but know that it will be done with care and sympathy.Renee H.Renee H. ★★★★★ Very caring staff and vets. They have helped me with a variety of issues. I always feel well-cared for here. I can tell they really care about animals.Michelle D.Michelle D. ★★★★★ Great care provided from the doctors and the vet techs. I feel that I can trust their judgement and that my cat is in safe hands. I've received sound advice on my cat's well being without fail.Laura K.Laura K. ★★★★★ The staff were knowledgeable and supportive.Jamie SJamie S ★★★★★ the facility is beautiful, the care and customer service is truly amazing!amy H.amy H. ★★★★★ I've been bringing all of my furbabies here for the past few years. Staff is excellent - very professional and kind.anne P.anne P. ★★★★★ The BEST veterinary clinic! I grew up going with my mom and all of our dogs to several clinics, and we always struggled to find one. When I adopted my first dog in 2021, I was recommended to Life Care Animal Hospital, and it is absolutely the best. No matter how far I am from here- even when I lived a 48 minute drive, I would not even consider going somewhere else. Best ever!! Dr. Mckenna is primarily who my dog sees, and my dog is a nervous nelly but Dr. Mckenna, and the entire staff at Life Care, is so patient with my dog and really helps to ease his experience.Isabelle P.Isabelle P. ★★★★★ Really caring staff that go above and beyond for their patients. When I have concerns they always follow up right away even about silly concerns 🙂 The facility is beautiful and me and my pets feel so safe and secure there. Reliable and knowledgeable! 10/10Signe M.Signe M. ★★★★★ They have improved tremendously since Dr Morrisette retired. They were good before but now? I got so much more help from Dr McKenna than I ever had before. My dog has had these problems for years and I mean years and now it is going to be getting taken care of!Michele S.Michele S. ★★★★★ If you live anywhere near the East Side of St. Paul and are looking for a Vet, I highly recomend Life Care Animal Hospital. I have used their services since they first opened and they have provided good care to the many Dogs I have had over those years. Mike ShanleyMike S.Mike S. ★★★★★ Great staff.Dan B.Dan B. ★★★★★ The staff is so nice and very careful with my baby boy Rowan.Arianna NArianna N ★★★★★ Life care Animal hospital has very caring & knowledgeable vet techs & the doctors. The receptionists arevery helpful and friendly also. My dog feels very comfortable with everyone that works there.Shelene R.Shelene R. ★★★★★ Absolutely wonderful vet office. Everyone has always been so kind and helpful. They clearly care about the health and well-being of their patients. The vets I’ve seen and spoken to have been consistently smart, compassionate, and willing to listen to me. They’ve been willing to work with me when I had a time crunch due to upcoming travel with my pet. We are moving away soon, and I will be so sad not to be able to continue bringing her here. 10/10 would recommend!Kacie427Kacie427 ★★★★★ We have two dogs who are cared for here with very different needs and some complicated diagnosis. They are absolutely supportive, compassionate and respectful. We are grateful for their care.Liz P.Liz P. ★★★★★ The staff and Vet are a caring and amazing group, highly recommend.Laura Hamilton G.Laura Hamilton G. ★★★★★ Great care for pet and human.Audrey D.Audrey D. ★★★★★ Today was my little man's first visit, and I was worried with the pandemic rules. My Zaddy was very good, and the staff was outstanding with him, and helping me get everything in line with his care. Update: second yearly visit for Zaddy and a first visit for my new pup, Baxter. Again, outstanding care with a puppy with tummy issues. I just adore Dr. McKenna. She really loves her job, and the pets in her care. She literally got down on the floor to play with and meet my boys. I've never had a veterinarian do that. Very glad to have such good pet care that close to home.Jarrod K.Jarrod K. ★★★★★ I really appreciate the efficient communication and the staff's clear love of animals! I feel comfortable and confident bringing my cats here.Kimberly H.Kimberly H. ★★★★★ Great place very good with the animals and very clean great experience I will take my pets there againKaren S.Karen S. ★★★★★ All around caring and personable! The service is with genuine compassionDan K.Dan K. ★★★★★ Moved to East Saint Paul last summer and Life Care was highly recommended by a friend. They’ve assisted us with compassion with the cremation of our beloved 18 year old kitty, annual visits, emergency situations and most recently, our other cat’s dental surgery for her reoccurring stomatitis. They are fantastic!MoeMoe ★★★★★ Really amazing service and kindness all around. I would recommend them for anyone onemike W.mike W. ★★★★★ Everyone is so nice and helpful here. They know who much things cost and how much you love your animals. So it’s up to you to continue the care for your animal or roll the dice.Moowy 3.Moowy 3. ★★★★★ Thank you too all the doctors and everyone who kept our dog Fiji alive for the next 3-4 month. It said to say he passed away on 04.02.2022. Thank for all the help and mods to keep him alive for awhile.ThanksSal.Saly S.Saly S. ★★★★★ What a wonderful place! Took my roommates dog in for Booster Shots today. Everyone was super friendly. We were in and out fast! Lovely place! And this sign outside is super adorable!April W.April W. ★★★★★ I have spent the last month looking for a vet that was open to new patients.Finally I found this place. not only is the staff great, caring professional, the faculty's are Super nice. and I dont feel bad about sending my cat here.Ashley S.Ashley S. ★★★★★ Vet and staff wonderful!Janet S.Janet S. ★★★★★ Great vet for your petsERIC H.ERIC H. ★★★★★ The doctors and staff are kind, welcoming, and knowledgeable. My pets always have a good experience with them.Brandie H.Brandie H. ★★★★★ Nice office with friendly people.Ken J.Ken J. ★★★★☆ Very kind to my catRebecca J.Rebecca J. ★★★★☆ Very caring staff. Receptionist needs a happy pill on the weekends.Sarah C.Sarah C.js_loader

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1328 White Bear Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55106


8:00am - 6:00pm


8:00am - 6:00pm


8:00am - 6:00pm


8:00am - 6:00pm


8:00am - 6:00pm


8:00am - 12:00pm



Our Services

At Life Care Animal Hospital, our veterinarians in St. Paul offer complete veterinary services including diagnostic services, vaccinations, digital x-rays, spay and neuter surgeries, specialty animal surgery, pet dentistry and oral surgery, and much more. Along with that we also offer nutritional counseling and weight management service. We are proud to work with rescue organizations like Second Chance Animal Rescue, Cause For Paws, and Pooches United with People. We also work with service dog groups. Our friendly team members are here to provide your pets with top-notch care every day with preventive medicines. We specialize in finding answers to tough medical questions and problems with the quality of life of your pet as our primary focus. Schedule your appointment today and thank you for choosing us as your family vet in St. Paul, MN!

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The staff at Life Care are exceptional. If you are in need of a vet, I highly recommend this place. They treated my dog like one of their own and were genuinely interested in his well-being. They continue to help and are never burdened by our many questions/concerns. I can’t say enough about how wonderful they are!

Rebecca H.

The entire staff at Life Care Animal Hospital are amazing. I had an emergency situation with my dog today and they were so great with my dog. A very scary situation was quickly taken care of and thanks to the great team my dog will make a full recovery! Thank you to the entire team!

Jamie E.

Life care is amazing. They go above and beyond every single time I bring my dog in. They often call to check on how my dog is doing when he’s sick and to make sure he’s getting better. I highly recommend Life Care and am grateful to have such fantastic and caring vets- both Dr Helga and Dr Larry.

Jesse T.

The staff and Dr. Helga were so supportive and understanding they took the time to hear my concerns and answer any questionsI had and even went over options with me for the care of my pet. I am so Thankful to Dr. Helga you ROCK! AND the staff was very nice they really put my mind at ease and Dr. Helga thank you for giving me options and at least trying one of trying to drain a mass on my pet I can not tell you how much we appreciate you and your listening and hearing my concerns for my pet. I would recommend you to my friends and family.

Dawn D.

Life Care has been an excellent vet for my puppy. They have been patient, willing to discuss everything, and knowledgeable. The staff is helpful and the techs are top notch. Pricing is absolutely fair. If you’re looking for a vet in the East metro, they are a solid choice!

Toni H.

The staff at life care are amazing. I have been taking my dogs there for almost 10 years and even when I had to say goodbye to 2 of them, they were very considerate.

Mindi S.