Our Services

At Lake Harriet Veterinary, we work as a team: our veterinarians whose diverse areas of expertise and interests complement one another, our skilled and kind supporting staff, and you, the owners. Every animal is unique, so our care is individualized to meet your pet’s specific needs. We heartily give out cookies, but never cookie-cutter treatments! Our collective experience and up-to-date knowledge allows us to use the best of both conventional and integrative medicine, and help you make informed decisions about your pet’s wellness.

We know that vet visits can be stressful, so everyone is trained in gentle low-stress handling techniques that help our (sometimes scared) patients feel comfortable and safe. You can both breathe easy at our earth-friendly clinic with lots of natural light, cushioned surfaces, plenty of healthy treats, and big smiles to help make your visit a positive experience.

What we offer: (click on the titles for details)

    Exams for preventative care, emergent issues, or chronic disease (30 minutes)
    During this visit we will explore options and create a clear and realistic medical plan for your pet.
    Major consults (60 minutes | $200)
    A major consult is a dedicated appointment for clients who would like more doctor time to discuss their concerns. It is also ideal for those seeking a second opinion. Read more about major consults.
    Dentistry
    Dental disease is present in 80% of veterinary patients over 3 years of age. Our specially trained veterinarians have earned additional skills from the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore. We offer cleanings, extractions, and advice on preventative care. The digital X-rays minimize exposure to radiation and allow for earlier detection of dental problems.
    Surgery
    Most common surgeries are performed right here at our clinic: spays, neuters, tumor removals, and removal of foreign objects (socks, toys, etc.) from the digestive tract. We also have a roster of board certified surgeons who is available to perform advanced procedures in the comfort of our hospital. This allows us to oversee your companion’s medical care while sparing you from having to visit an unfamiliar clinic. Most commonly, specialist procedures include orthopedic surgery (broken bones, correction of ACL tears) and advanced tumor or cancer removal.
    Western herbal medicine
    We use herbs and nutraceuticals as primary or supportive/adjunct therapy for conditions such as orthopedic problems and for liver and kidney support.
    Traditional Oriental Medicine (acupuncture, food therapy, herbal medicine)
    Three of our doctors have over 15 years of experience with these integrative modalities and may advocate for their use depending on your pet’s condition and your personal medical approach. Read more about acupuncture.
    Therapeutic laser
    Laser therapy is often used as part of a management plan for arthritis, weakness and mobility problems. It is also an effective tool for non-healing wounds, infections, and for post-operative use on incisions. Our patients experience no pain or discomfort from treatments and owners will usually sit with their pets during the sessions. Our laser machine is a Class 4.
    Classic homeopathy
    We use simple homeopathic remedies for some acute conditions and after surgery. If you would like to pursue homeopathy for a chronic condition, we may refer you to a local expert.
    Spinal manipulation (chiropractic care)
    Dr. Jim Sinning has over four years of experience treating patients with spinal manipulation. It is most commonly used for arthritis, pain management, paralysis, and to prevent injury in active dogs.
    Progressive approach to vaccination/titers
    We are committed to preventing over-vaccination, and your pet’s vaccine recommendation will be based on lifestyle and risk. We also rely on vaccine titers to assess immune memory to the common vaccines.
    Digital radiology
    Digital X-rays minimize radiation and allow us to quickly send digitized images for interpretation by board certified radiologists at the University of Minnesota vet school.
    Collaboration with boarded specialists (surgery, radiology, ultrasound)
    We regularly schedule board certified surgeons, cardiologists, and ultrasound specialists to visit our practice. Clients and their pets appreciate not having to visit an unfamiliar hospital and benefit from having their regular veterinarian oversee the procedure. This means better continuity of care and makes it less likely for problems with redundancy or errors in the treatment plan.