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Laser therapy: A promising trend in veterinary medicine

Jen Reeder

Denver resident, Sue Kohut, was alarmed when her Great Dane puppy, Beauxmont, became lethargic and developed swollen legs that were hot to the touch. At just five months old, the pup was diagnosed with hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD), a painful bone disease that can occur in fast-growing large and giant breeds. Read more

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Welcome to Kindness Animal Clinic               360-794-8813 

19845 Hwy 2, Monroe, WA                            Call for an appointment today!


KINDNESS ANIMAL CLINIC is a full-service, AAHA accredited, veterinary medical facility located in MONROE, WA. Our professional and courteous veterinarians and technical staff at KINDNESS ANIMAL CLINIC seeks to provide you with the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for your highly-valued pets. We are a small family owned clinic, and your pets will be seen by Dr. Garver every visit. He is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. KINDNESS ANIMAL CLINIC strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to MONROE, WA and surrounding areas. We are the ONLY certified Gold Level "Cat Friendly Practice" in Monroe! The American Association of Feline Practioners required our practice to meet several performance criteria and complete staff training, as well as having to make cat friendly changes to our clinic!  Please take a moment to contact our veterinarians and technical staff today to learn more about our newly expanded veterinary practice and to find out more information about how KINDNESS ANIMAL CLINIC can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Winter Hazards

Ice Melts

This can be a hazard for pet feet if we get snow. Most ice melts contain large amounts of sodium chloride or rock salt which can cause damage to the paw pads when stepped on. Ingestion of these melts can also cause mild to severe toxicity resulting in upset stomach, vomiting, and neurologic signs (trouble walking, muscle tremors, or seizures). If this is something you use to melt ice on pavement, look for the  “pet-friendly” ice melts such as Safe-T-Pet and Safe Paw. Wash your pet’s paws off when they come in from outside. A quick and easy way to protect your dog's feet from snow and ice is dog boots - Ruffwear, Muttluks, and Pawz are all good brands. For dogs that won't tolerate boots, Musher's Secret is a good protectant product to place on their pads before heading outside. Dogs that collect ice balls in the fur between their toes and pads - wrap their paws in a warm towel fresh from the dryer. Don't dip their feet in hot water or use scissors to cut out the ice....and never try to pull the ice balls out. Ouch!

Frost-Bite & Hypothermia

During the extreme cold temperatures it is possible that your pet could rapidly develop frostbite or hypothermia. Areas at risk for frostbite are your pet's ears, tail and paws.  When it gets cold, the body naturally pulls blood from all extremities to the internal organs to retain body heat.  Dogs that have short fur, are small, are puppies or are geriatric are at greater risk for hypothermia. Try to keep the time spent outside to a minimum and use sweaters/coats or booties to keep them warm.

Cats and cars

When starting your car in the winter, it is a good idea to bang on the hood or honk the horn to scare away any stray sleepers. An outdoor cat or stray cat may find a warm car engine a great place to take a nap. If the car is started, it can cause severe injuries or death once the fan belt starts moving.

Rodent Poisons

These products are commonly used more during the colder months and can be very dangerous for your pets. Because there are different ingredients in the blocks or pellets that commonly look the same, always keep packaging from rat or mouse killers in the event your pet ingests them. This will help us to quickly identify the toxin and determine the specific treatments for your pet. Rodenticides can cause multiple symptoms depending on the ingredient in the bait (internal bleeding, brain swelling, and kidney failure) and can be fatal in pets. When using rodent poisons, use the protective bait stations and always keep them in areas where your pet cannot access them.

Enjoy our beautiful Northwest winters...and stay safe out there!

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Why We Choose AAHA
(and you should too!)

Our veterinarians and staff hold themselves accountable to the highest possible standards every day.   This is reflected in our facility and quality of our patient care. Kindness Animal Clinic is the only AAHA accredited hospital in Monroe and east Snohomish County area. Click here for more information on AAHA.

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