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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★★★★★ 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. ★★★★★ We go here for animal care, and grooming. Today was grooming for our little dog, Ripley. Haircut/shampoo/blow dry/nail trim, complete with a cute little bow on her collar.Rhonda did an absolutely fantastic job. It's clear that she knows what she's doing, and it's obvious that she loves dogs. She took really good care of our pet.The cost was inexpensive compared to the other groomers we've visited. Ripley was treated well, and it's kinda cool that if Ripley had any kind of medical issue, she's right there with her doctor.What a great service.Debborah R.Debborah R. ★★★★★ 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. ★★★★★ Hands down the most amazing vet we have ever been to. We have two cats one prone to UTI's and one with diabetes. After visiting a few different vets we found life care and will never go anywhere again. They were fairly prices and gave clear direction on what to do. They love our cats and go above and beyond with our cats care. I have already recommended them to multiple people.Emma D.Emma D. ★★★★★ I have a dog who had difficult times being groomed. He gets too nervous for other groomers to finish. Life Care Animal Hospital did an awesome job with my little pup. They were able to complete the job, and were extremely kind and warm. I would recommend to anyone. They are fabulous.Kathy R.Kathy R. ★★★★★ 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!M HM H ★★★★★ 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. ★★★★★ Caring professionals who value the wellbeing of my pets over the might dollar.Kelly M.Kelly M. ★★★★★ Good place for pets health.Barb L.Barb L. ★★★★★ Great staff who appreciates the beauty of our pets!LauraLaura ★★★★★ Life Care was easy to book and they have a fancy new app that is a game changer. Jazz responded so well to every staff person here, I am positive they are all good kind people who love animals. What more can one ask for?Emily T.Emily T. ★★★★★ The experience here has been phenomenal and I will keep trusting them with my pet and future pets. We mainly see the veterinary Helga but we have had great experiences with their gentlemen vet as well. You can call or email and expect a prompt response.Tex M.Tex M. ★★★★★ Dr McKenna is the most kind and compassionate veterinarian that we have ever had the pleasure of taking our dogs to. She has a very calm and soothing demeanor and truly listens to every question and concern that we have answering honestly and thoughtfully. The facility and staff are amazing, as well. Highly recommend!Andrea H.Andrea H. ★★★★★ If you are looking for caring, professional , accessible and reasonable prices for your best friend(Lewie the Lab , in our case), Life Care Animal Hospital, is our top choice. From the staff at the front desk, to the Veterinarians, you will feel you have made the right choice for care, with no high pressure to purchase anything your best friend may need. You are given options and you can choose, what you feel is needed. Life Care staff on at least several instances, have helped us find Lewie when he has decided to visit the neighborhood. A great team !glenn G.glenn G. ★★★★★ Great place to take your fur baby. Everything is explained in detail. I know my Mimi is in good hands.rocio R.rocio R. ★★★★★ We have taken our family pets here for decades, and have always been happy with our service. The staff is very friendly and caring.Holly HHolly H ★★★★★ Super nice staff. The veterinarian was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions about my new puppy. I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a vet!Jessica S.Jessica S. ★★★★★ Life Care is an excellent veterinarian clinic. The staff is so helpful and kind. Dr. Helga took time to answer all the questions I had. My dog responded very well to her and it was a good experience for both of us. I highly recommend Life Care Animal Hospital.Lynne O.Lynne O. ★★★★★ Best vet around! They are very caring and put you at ease. You honestly feel like your “friend” is taking care of your pet! Highly recommend them!Suzanne B.Suzanne B. ★★★★★ The staff is very friendly and informative. I hope to be able to meet in person and work with them.Judy S.Judy S. ★★★★★ This is the best place to take your pets. I've been going for years and their treat my pets like their own.Mary S.Mary S. ★★★★★ I’ve been meaning to write a review for a few years now. We moved to the East Side back in 2017 and started seeing Dr. McKenna at LifeCare. We have four dogs (3 foster “fails”), and since we adopted two of them as senior dogs and one that has bad allergies we’ve become vet regulars. We have been to several different vet clinics in the area, but LifeCare is now our primary because of how truly amazing they are.There was a moment last year that truly made Life Care unforgettable. I had urgently referred my father there when he called me saying his young dog wasn’t eating, drinking and couldn’t get up. Dr. McKenna called me on his request when they learned the pup was actively dying (catastrophic anemia, likely IMHA). My dad is autistic and is cognitively impaired, and we had recently had a hard loss prior to the pup becoming ill. The team had a situational awareness that I wish could be taught to so many. They acted like a family that day to us both. They knew all the right things to say and do, even though they didn’t know our what was going on in our lives. I didn’t have the best reaction that day because I was so angry with myself that I didn’t see signs earlier, and since I had recently become my dad’s guardian I felt responsible for the pups early demise (though I understand now that it was unpreventable). The team that day become impromptu clinical therapists. They deserve the highest recognition in their field. I cannot thank them enough.Meagan W.Meagan W. ★★★★☆ Dr.s and staff are very good. Was charged for a fecal test when it was already part of a comprehensive test, which they were willing to remove the charge after it was brought to their attention. The challenge seems to be regarding perscriptions. Costco carry's a generic NSAID for dogs (Carprofen generic). The business said that they have had issues in the past with Pharmacies getting the therapy duration wrong. It is due to this that I was told that the business will only generate a paper script to hand carry to pharmacy. I am not sure how a paper script would be lead to an accurate dose, frequency and therapy duration would be different paper to electronic. I would think it would be easier to confront the offending pharmacies then to displace your customer base. I understand they are trying to err on the safety of the pet and that is great. But now that they are corporately owned you would think the corporation would want to remedy this.T CT C ★★★★☆ Very kind to my catRebecca J.Rebecca J. ★★★★☆ Very caring staff. Receptionist needs a happy pill on the weekends.Sarah C.Sarah C. ★★★★☆ This practice has been great and most of the people working there are friendly (one lady at the front desk seems to always be in a bad mood, but I know it's a hard field to be working in these days and it's not a big deal), but be aware that they are definitely on the expensive side. Every visit somehow becomes $200 or more, no matter how routine or minor the ailment. This is with cats/dogs; it's more expensive than when I had exotics.Ka HKa Hjs_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.