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Keeping Monroe's pets healthy for over 25 years!

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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.

Poison Prevention Week is 3/20-26!

 Unfortunately, each year thousands of dogs and cats suffer from accidental ingestion of household poisons. As a pet owner, are you aware of the common toxins that can poison your pet? Common household items such as foods, medications, chemicals, and plants can harm your pet if ingested.

Top 10 Pet Poisons

Here are the top 10 most common toxins that Pet Poison Helpline gets called about. Some of these listed are very toxic, while some are minimally toxic. When in doubt, call your us or Pet Poison Helpline to make sure there won’t be a problem. Take special care to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach and pet-proof your house!

Dog Poisons:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Rodenticides (mouse and rat poison)
  3. Vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D or iron supplements
  4. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen
  5. Cardiac medications, such as calcium channel blockers or beta blockers
  6. Cold and allergy medications
  7. Xylitol
  8. Antidepressants
  9. Acetaminophen
  10. Caffeine pills

Cat Poisons:

  1. Lilies
  2. Canine pyrethroid insecticides (topical flea and tick medicine designed for dogs but erroneously placed on cats)
  3. Household cleaners
  4. Rodenticides
  5. Cold and flu medications
  6. Veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Rimadyl®, Deramaxx®)
  7. Glow sticks
  8. Amphetamines (such as ADD/ADHD drugs)
  9. Insoluble oxalate plants such as dumb canes or philodendrons
  10. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin® in brand name or generic form)

The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 for assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet.

Having the container, package, or label in hand will save valuable time and may save the life of your pet.

Contact Kindness Animal Clinic or the  Pet Poison Hotline if your pet has potentially ingested something toxic! 360-794-8813

Spring Hazards

Now that Spring has officially arrived, it's time for gardening!  However, many of the products we use in the garden, or even the plants we plant can be very dangerous to our pets.  Pet proof your garden to keep your pet safe! Here are the Spring flowers to be cautious with:

Tulips and Hyacinths

These plants have toxins concentrated in the bulbs rather than the leaf or flower, so make sure your dog isn't digging up and eating bulbs.  Tulip and hyacinth bulbs cause irritation to the mouth and esophagus with symptoms such as a large amount of drooling and vomiting and diarrhea.  These symptoms can be severe and may require a visit in to see us for supportive care.


Every part of this plant is toxic - bulb, plant and flower.  Eating daffodils causes severe vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, and may even cause heart arrhythmias.  Seeing or suspecting your pet of eating daffodils requires veterinary care.


Lily poisoning occurs in cats, but not in dogs or people. There are two different types of lilies out there: true lilies which are truly dangerous and include Easter, Tiger, Day, Asiatic, and Japanese Show, and the benign lilies which cause only mild mouth irritation and include Peace, Peruvian and Calla lilies. Lilies are often found in florist bouquets and it is very important to check for them before bringing them into your house. True lilies are highly toxic to cats and 2-3 petals or leaves or even a small amount of pollen can cause fatal kidney failure. The earlier the cat receives veterinary care the better. If you see your cat eating true lilies, it is a true emergency and you need to bring the cat and the plant (for identification purposes)  in immediately!


The type of crocus that blooms in the spring is the most common type, and usually causes no more than mild gastrointestinal symptoms if eaten.  However, the autumn crocus ,which blooms in the fall is highly toxic.

Lily of the Valley

This plant contains cardiac glycosides, and if eaten causes dangerous heart problems including a dramatically lowered heart rate and severe arrhythmias.  If you suspect your pet has eaten this plant, it is a veterinary emergency!


Some of the products we use in the garden can also cause severe illness if eaten.  Although  blood and bone meal are "organic" ways to fertilize, they are from animal origin and are considered delicious by many pets.  Blood meal eaten can cause vomiting and diarrhea or even severe pancreititis.  It can also cause iron toxicity. Bone meal, when eaten, can form a cement like bone ball in the stomach that can become an obstruction...and require surgery to remove it. Rose and plant fertilizers often contain disulfodon - it only takes 1 teaspoon of a 1% solution to kill a Labrador sized dog. Organophosphates are also used, and they can be fatal if eaten.  Most of pesticides/insecticides that come in spray cans cause no more than mild irritation BUT it is always important to read labels and check with us if there is exposure!

Slug Bait

This is always a danger for our pets here in the Pacific Northwest.  Even if you don't use it, be aware your neighbors may, and dogs in particular find this to be very palatable.

Metaldehyde is found in slug bait and it causes severe rapid symptoms when eaten.  Agitation, tremors,seizures and a very high body temperature are frequently seen.  This is a veterinary emergency and without treatment slug bait is deadly!


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Garden safe!!


Shelley D.                 
October 30, 2016

I have used Kindness for over 20 years because they have always provided exceptional care for my pups.

Bridgette T.               
October 25, 2016

Big big thanks to Dr. Garver and his fabulous staff at Kindness Animal Clinic. Their bedside manner and professionalism today was amazing as they got Maebe through an unexpected emergency surgery. We are so thankful! I highly recommend them for kind and compassionate care.

Terri M.                      
February 26, 2016

I can't say enough about Dr. Garver and his amazing team. When we recently had to bring my dog in for failing kidneys together we reviewed the whole scope thoroughly, of his condition, and they help us through the process. I also brought my new Chihuahua puppy in and we had a great time with the wellness check. Love you guys thanks again.

Brianne S.-C.              
February 19, 2016

I love this place! And so does our puppy! Always full of information and helpful hints!!!

Kalisa J.-F.                  
February 19, 2016

Dr. Garver and his team are absolutely amazing! Not only are they compassionate and caring, but they also understand that our dogs are part of our family and not just pets.

They always take the time and listen to our concerns, recommend the approaches/treatments possible, and provide detailed information regarding options and the costs/effects of each solution. Additionally, the team goes above and beyond when it comes to scheduling appointments and emergencies.

We have never had to wait long to see Dr. Garver and when our time comes, it does not feel rushed. He spends adequate time examining our dogs and resolving any issues. I feel fortunate to have such a caring and skilled veterinarian in our area. I also appreciate the care his front and back office staff provide - they are always cheerful and welcoming. And, as someone with a busy schedule, I find the texts, calls, and emails his staff sends to remind us to schedule appointments for follow up care and to confirm upcoming visits very helpful!

Jennifer M.                  
February 19, 2016

Dr. Garver and his exceptional staff won me over with the incredible, above and beyond care they provided my beloved pit bull Clyde. From the meticulous removal of over 2400 pieces of wood when he impaled himself on a stick all the way through saying good bye to him last spring. When I adopted my Wee Beasty Tucker last week I never thought twice about who his health care provider would be, I will only ever bring my fur babies to Dr. Garver. Even though I live in Bellevue, I'd be foolish to take them anywhere else. I'd happily give Kindness Animal Hospital more than 5 stars if I could.

Heather R.                  
February 19, 2016

I have been taking my animals to Kindness Animal Clinic for 16 years, ever since we found a tiny, undernourished and sick kitten. We called our regular vet (at that time) and they were unable to even see her for a week. So we called Kindness Animal Clinic. Kindness was able to get us, who they had never met before, in for an appointment on the same day. We have never looked back. Since then, they have cared for all of our animals with the same skill and compassion as they did at that first visit. That sickly kitten is now 16, and they have seen us through several health issues to keep her as a healthy, happy member of our family. Dr. Garver is always willing to answer our questions (even when they come up after the appointment), is willing to discuss treatment options, and has never pressured us to make a decision we are not comfortable with. He has seen our family through new kittens and puppies, middle aged health concerns, and the passing of beloved pets, and has always guided us through their care with expertise and sensitivity. There is no other vet we would trust with our pets' regular care. Dr. Garver and his staff truly embody their clinic name, "Kindness."

Warren M.                   
February 19, 2016

The staff at Kindness Animal Clinic treat my dogs like family, they know what my dogs like and don't, as well as their favorite treats. When it came time to make the painful decision to euthanize my dog Zeus, Dr. Garver and his staff helped make the painful process as easy as that situation can be. He gave me his honest opinion about treatment,care, and prognosis. I am thankful for that. I can't see taking my pets any place else.

Katrina C.                   
February 10, 2016

I have always had wonderful service from this clinic. We have 4 dogs and they love when they visit Dr. Garver and the girls!!!! Tiger, White, Yellow and little fortune say hi to everyone.

Merrilee O.                 
February 6, 2016

I have had the best care for my dog Nikko, not only did they save his life when he got very ill but they continue to keep him in optimal health.

Rebecca N.                 
February 3, 2016

Kindness Animal Clinic has been by far the most thorough clinic I've taken my pets to. Their prices are par with everyone else in the area, they always provide estimates and are always available via phone when I have questions. I was warned they were expensive but when I price shopped they were cheaper if not the same price as other clinics in the area. I think people think they are pricey because they offer preventative care options instead of just sending you on your way and seeing you next time there is a problem. I think prevention is cheaper than a chronic problem or an emergency!

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