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Blue Cross Animal Hospital LTD - 22 Reviews - 5328 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN - Veterinarian Reviews - Phone (320) 299-4065

Blue Cross Animal Hospital LTD

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5328 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
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(320) 299-4065
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I have been taking my animals to Blue Cross for 10 years. I have taken a cat and 3 dogs there over the years. These women (it is all women) are some of the most compassionate and ...

Worst

This clinic was recommended by a trusted friend. The staff was very nice except for this vet. I realize some people who chose to work with animals do not have the best people ...

I have been 6/19/2014

I have been taking my animals to Blue Cross for 10 years. I have taken a cat and 3 dogs there over the years. These women (it is all women) are some of the most compassionate and attentive doctors I have encountered. They have diagnosed major ailments and minor injuries with the same level of concern every time. My dogs actually like going to the vet because they know they are going to get lots of cookies and love from the people there. If there is something they can't do, they will refer you to someone who can (My lab needed hip surgery and they urged me to take her to the U of M, which was the best choice). As long as I am in the Cities, I will use Blue Cross. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 6/19/2014

I have been taking my animals to Blue Cross for 10 years. I have taken a cat and 3 dogs there over the years. These women (it is all women) are some of the most compassionate and attentive doctors I have encountered. They have diagnosed major ailments and minor injuries with the same level of concern every time. My dogs actually like going to the vet because they know they are going to get lots of cookies and love from the people there. If there is something they can't do, they will refer you to someone who can (My lab needed hip surgery and they urged me to take her to the U of M, which was the best choice). As long as I am in the Cities, I will use Blue Cross.\r more

They'll get my vote every time!! 6/11/2014

I decided that if I ever got another cat, Blue Cross would be our clinic. We now have a 13 month old cat and a 3 month old kitten and the staff continues to be warm, caring and competent! They'll get my vote every time!! more

Editorial review from Citysearch 6/11/2014

I decided that if I ever got another cat, Blue Cross would be our clinic. We now have a 13 month old cat and a 3 month old kitten and the staff continues to be warm, caring and competent! They'll get my vote every time!!\r more

The whole staff was just wonderful 5/29/2014

My first experience was with our 17 1/2 year old cat. She had a tumor that had caused an infection and didn't have the strength to go through an operation that may not have worked. The whole staff was just wonderful with CeBe and our family. This was very different from the year before when we had to have our 19 year old cat put down at another clinic. That clinic was very cold and impersonal. I'll take the warm fuzziness any day - it helps get you through the rough times. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 5/29/2014

My first experience was with our 17 1/2 year old cat. She had a tumor that had caused an infection and didn't have the strength to go through an operation that may not have worked. The whole staff was just wonderful with CeBe and our family. This was very different from the year before when we had to have our 19 year old cat put down at another clinic. That clinic was very cold and impersonal. I'll take the warm fuzziness any day - it helps get you through the rough times.\r more

Very compassionate 5/20/2014

I have taken my dog and now one of my cats to this animal hospital and find all the vets to be very compassionate and caring. They listen to the pet owners concern and take all the time necessary. And they really work hard to keep the costs down and that is much appreciated. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 5/19/2014

I have taken my dog and now one of my cats to this animal hospital and find all the vets to be very compassionate and caring. They listen to the pet owners concern and take all the time necessary. And they really work hard to keep the costs down and that is much appreciated.\r more

I LOVE this vet. 5/12/2014

I LOVE this vet. I have two five-year-old toy poodles. We've been heading to Blue Cross Animal Hospital since their birth. The staff is great, the vets are knowledgeable, they listen and care about our animals. We had a toy poodle previously for fourteen years. We took her to Minneahaha Animal Hospital on Chicago Ave. It was fine, but Minnehaha was much more expensive and I find at Blue Cross I don't have to wait as long, they are more relaxed and it's a heck of a lot cheaper! more

Editorial review from Citysearch 5/12/2014

I LOVE this vet. I have two five-year-old toy poodles. We've been heading to Blue Cross Animal Hospital since their birth. The staff is great, the vets are knowledgeable, they listen and care about our animals. We had a toy poodle previously for fourteen years. We took her to Minneahaha Animal Hospital on Chicago Ave. It was fine, but Minnehaha was much more expensive and I find at Blue Cross I don't have to wait as long, they are more relaxed and it's a heck of a lot cheaper!\r more

Never hesitate to drive to Blue Cross Animal Hospital 5/1/2014

My parents have been going to Blue Cross Animal Hospital since I was a pup and now my adult children go there as well with their pets. The staffs over the years have always been very qualified and compassionate! One of our pets had a rare disease and the staff went above and beyond to connect nationally for the best treatment. When our dog was at the end of life the staff's understanding and compassion for our loss was such a comfort during such a difficult time. Over the years I have lived in different suburbs of the Twin Cities and never hesitate to drive to Blue Cross Animal Hospital for my pets care. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 5/1/2014

My parents have been going to Blue Cross Animal Hospital since I was a pup and now my adult children go there as well with their pets. The staffs over the years have always been very qualified and compassionate! One of our pets had a rare disease and the staff went above and beyond to connect nationally for the best treatment. When our dog was at the end of life the staff's understanding and compassion for our loss was such a comfort during such a difficult time. Over the years I have lived in different suburbs of the Twin Cities and never hesitate to drive to Blue Cross Animal Hospital for my pets care.\r more

These guys have been 4/24/2014

These guys have been great with my dogs needs, every thing from yearly check ups to major items. My male dog when first rescue had ring worm and tape worm and had all kids of intestinal issues, the docs there gave advice to help him get on the right track, My female dog had been attack by a another dog and she had comforted my wife and gave my dog life saving advice to get her up the road to a surgery team more

Editorial review from Citysearch 4/24/2014

These guys have been great with my dogs needs, every thing from yearly check ups to major items. My male dog when first rescue had ring worm and tape worm and had all kids of intestinal issues, the docs there gave advice to help him get on the right track, My female dog had been attack by a another dog and she had comforted my wife and gave my dog life saving advice to get her up the road to a surgery team\r more

Thank you Blue cross Animal 4/11/2014

My dog Zambezi died on April 20th 2012 and was in the care of Doc Kathleen, She worked my dog for a long time, giving over the counter meds instead high price prescriptions. She worked every angle and to the end let us have the hard news that we saw with my dog. I could not be more grateful for her approach. I called 2 days before and she wished my dog well into the next life. I still have one more dog that sees her. Thank you Blue cross Animal hospital for the care you have given my dogs, Thank You more

Editorial review from Citysearch 4/11/2014

My dog Zambezi died on April 20th 2012 and was in the care of Doc Kathleen, She worked my dog for a long time, giving over the counter meds instead high price prescriptions. She worked every angle and to the end let us have the hard news that we saw with my dog. I could not be more grateful for her approach. I called 2 days before and she wished my dog well into the next life. I still have one more dog that sees her. Thank you Blue cross Animal hospital for the care you have given my dogs, Thank You\r more

I have visited this clinic 4/1/2014

"I have visited this clinic many times, for the care of our rascally yet delicate dog, who is now 3 years old. I have worked with many of the doctors and every time I was very happy with their professionalism and their warm manner. I also think their prices are excellent.\r I just happened upon the negative reviews while searching for the clinic's phone number (to schedule a well visit), and I was flabbergasted. Like Chen P., I also felt compelled to share my totally positive experience of this clinic and its staff." more

Editorial review from Citysearch 4/1/2014

""I have visited this clinic many times, for the care of our rascally yet delicate dog, who is now 3 years old. I have worked with many of the doctors and every time I was very happy with their professionalism and their warm manner. I also think their prices are excellent.\r I just happened upon the negative reviews while searching for the clinic's phone number (to schedule a well visit), and I was flabbergasted. Like Chen P., I also felt compelled to share my totally positive experience of this clinic and its staff.""\r more

Although we have 3/21/2014

"Although we have since moved farther out from the area, we have decided that Blue Cross Animal Hospital can't be replaced. They will continue to be our vet as they have been for over 3 years. \r They are especially excellent, although all have been very good. She is knowledgeable, caring, intuitive, and the pets trust her as much as I do." more

Editorial review from Citysearch 3/21/2014

""Although we have since moved farther out from the area, we have decided that Blue Cross Animal Hospital can't be replaced. They will continue to be our vet as they have been for over 3 years. \r They are especially excellent, although all have been very good. She is knowledgeable, caring, intuitive, and the pets trust her as much as I do.""\r more
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Owner Message

  • Blue Cross Animal Hospital was established in the early 1930s by Dr. Vincent Robinson from Iowa. The original practice saw both small and large animals and was located in a house next door to where our current building stands. Dr. George Hartle, another Iowa State graduate, took over the practice after Dr. Robinson passed away. During the 1940s the practice changed to focus on small animals only and Dr. Hartle hired associates. In April 1955 Dr. James A. Smith joined Blue Cross as an associate and eventually became a partner, then the owner. Dr. Smith retired in 1988 and continued to visit Blue Cross until his recent passing in January 2017. The current owner is Dr. Debra Hlavka (Dr.Deb since her last name is hard to pronounce), a 1982 U of M graduate. Currently we have a total of four doctors, all University of Minnesota Veterinary School graduates. Over the years Blue Cross has changed from a wooden house to our current building that was a variety store until 1958. Adding an addition and remodeling in 1960 doubled the size. In Spring of 2016, Blue Cross began its newest renovation project, giving the building an exterior face lift. This included adding new windows and an updated front door as well as new stucco to the front and side of the hospital. Blue Cross is full of gratitude to all of our clients who've helped make this renovation possible. We have had the opportunity to see many changes in our neighborhood from horses to cars, hardware stores to banks, pharmacies to coffee shops, theaters to restaurants we enjoy being a part of the history and we will be here long into the future.

Additional information

  • Neighborhoods:

    Lynnhurst, Southwest
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