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P.A.W.S. Pet Hospital

Helping you enjoy a healthy and active relationship with your pets.
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About Us
The mission of P.A.W.S. Pet Hospital is to help our clients enjoy the benefits of a long, healthy and active relationship with their pets. We are committed to strengthening the human/animal bond through client and community education on animal care and health. Our focus is on wellness as well as the art of healing.
We will achieve this mission by:
  • providing expert pet care and an exceptional customer experience from a highly trained team, leveraging the best diagnostic tools and procedures, and
  • by customizing and supporting a wellness program for each individual pet and owner’s lifestyle.

We will have achieved our mission if you view us as “your family’s other doctor”.

As your pet's health care team, we are here to answer your questions and help you in any way we can.

P.A.W.S. Pet Hospital is located at:
4644 Victor Path
Hugo, MN 55038
Phone: (651) 400-1180
Our building is on the south side of Frenchman Road (Highway 8) at the intersection of Leopold Lane and Victor Path.  We are one block west of Lake Area Bank.

Hours of Operation:
   Mon - Fri             7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
   Saturdays            8:00 AM - 10:00 PM 
   Suns & Holidays   Noon - 10:00 PM
Services by Appointment available:
   Mon, Wed, Fri   7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
   Tues & Thurs    7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
   Saturdays         8:00 AM - Noon 
Urgent Care / Emergency Services available:
   Mon, Wed, Fri    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
   Tues & Thurs      7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
   Saturdays           Noon - 10:00 PM 
   Suns & Holidays  Noon - 10:00 PM
Payment options:
MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Check, Cash 
& payment plans through Care Credit. 
P.A.W.S. Pet Hosptial recommends:

P.A.W.S. Team Members:


Dr. Michelle Beck, Owner 

Hi, I am Dr. Michelle Beck and the owner of P.A.W.S. Pet Hospital.  I have been practicing veterinary medicine in the Twin Cities since graduating Veterinary School from the University of Missouri in 1995.  I have truly enjoyed all that veterinary medicine has had to offer and have been so glad to have started this practice in this community that has become my home.   Being a veterinarian was always my life’s dream, and to do what you love is a real treat. 

It was my goal in starting this hospital, to provide a place where clients and their four-legged family members would feel at home, confident that they were being cared for in a manner that was on par with the best medical care any of us would expect.  It was also important to provide the team members delivering service an environment where they feel confident that their service and skills are the best, appreciated, and that they are supported and promoted in their crucial roles in the care of pets and their families.  In doing so, this has helped to accomplish the mission of helping our clients enjoy the benefits of a long, healthy and active relationship with their pets.  What I had not expected was how amazing the relationships we have formed would be, and the extent of the feeling of family and support among all of you who have become part of the P.A.W.S. Family.

The past five years have been amazing, and have seen such change and growth.  We have seen new faces with client and business growth, as well as seen some leave.  The support that has been shown to us, we have tried to return, with expansion of service for urgent care for our area.  This has been a new venture that I am very proud of, and have felt so good for being able to service as a need in the community.  When you are scared with a pet that is sick, or had something scary happen, it has been amazing to see the impact we can have in being there to help.

While I  spend a lot of time here, which I do love, I also enjoy my down time with my husband Matt and our two huskies, Amarok and Czar Nicholas.  We all got into snow shoeing this winter, which the dogs loved!!!  I started curling this year as well with the Cairn Lassies, which was a lot of fun, making the winter try to go by a bit quicker. With having a good team around me, I have tried getting back into some cooking, and look forward to helping Matt with the building of a “kit” car.  We also had some time for traveling, which we love to do. 

Dr. Heidi Johnson 

Dr. Heidi Johnson joined the P.AW.S Pet Hospital team in June of 2010, having practiced medicine in Shoreview and Brooklyn Park the 3 years prior.  She graduated from Saint Cloud State University with a degree in Biology, was accepted into the Veterinary Medical Program at the University of Minnesota, and completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

Her interests include internal medicine, dermatology, pain management, preventative, and senior pet care.  She feels one of the most rewarding aspects of this job is strengthening the human animal bond.   Dr. Heidi looks forward to building long lasting relationships with her clients and patients and providing the best possible care. 

When she is not at P.A.W.S she can be found spending time with her husband and their household of pets.  Their pets include one spoiled Boston Terrier “Nala” and four adoring felines (Chloe, Lakota, Martin, and Opie).  She enjoys traveling, watching movies, wine tasting, reading, and spending time with friends.

Dr. Sarah Prochnow

I am so excited to be a part of the great team at PAWS! I am originally from Dellwood, MN.  I received my bachelors degree in Biochemistry form Drake University in Des Moines, IA then went on to attend veterinary school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. I am interested in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and general surgery. I live in Mahtomedi with my two dogs (Boomer, a pit bull, Star, a terrier mix) and a cat (Ghost).  In my free time I like to bike, hike, spend time with family and friends, go shopping and go to group workout classes. 

More information on the rest of our team coming soon!