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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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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.




Although coyotes rarely attack people and larger dogs, they do routinely go after cats and smaller dogs. Attacks and bites wounds aren’t the only danger coyotes pose to your cats and dogs according to Preventive Vet.

Coyotes are also susceptible to and can carry/transmit certain infectious diseases that your dogs (and cats, in the case of rabies) can catch. The list includes distemper, hepatitis (liver inflammation), parvovirus, rabies, and others. Coyotes can also be a source of mange (mites), fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, and other parasites that they can pass along to your pets.Although coyotes are an important part of their ecosystem and help keep rodents in check, you should take steps to discourage coyotes in your neighborhood:

NEVER intentionally feed a coyote.

Don’t keep pet food outside.

Clean your grill after using, or store it inside your garage when not in use.

Securely cover your trash and recycling cans. If possible and practical, put your trash out the morning of pick-up, rather than the evening before.

Don’t add meat, bones, etc to your compost pile. Ensure your compost bin is tightly and securely covered.

If you have fruit trees, pick up fallen fruit so as to not let it rot on the ground. Coyotes are very opportunistic feeders.

Keep cats indoors. Always is safest, but at least between the dusk and dawn hours (when coyotes tend to be most active).

Don't leave dogs tied up outside, especially small dogs. Dogs of any size, when tied up are no match for a coyote and are enticing to them.

If you see a coyote in your yard or neighborhood ALWAYS haze them away. Do so completely, and remind your neighbors of the importance of doing the same.

Be extra vigilant if you or any of your neighbors keep backyard chickens, as the coyotes will be attracted both to the chickens and to the chicken feed. (And to the rodents that will also be attracted to the chickens and their feed!)

If you and your dog are followed by a coyote on a walk:

Do NOT turn your back to the coyote and do NOT run. Coyotes can run up to 40 mph over short distances … Usain Bolt - the world's fastest human has a top sprint speed of 28 mph and racing Greyhounds 43 mph...neither you nor your dog can outrun them.

Put your dog on a leash, if they aren’t already. Do NOT turn your dog loose to go after the coyote.

Unzip your jacket and hold it wide open or raise your hands above your head and wave them to make yourself appear larger and scarier to the coyote.

Run towards them and make noise to scare or shoo them away — yelling, clapping hands, shaking keys. Throw rocks...aiming for their feet and generally around them rather than directly at them. A can of pepper spray or a water pistol with vinegar-water can be used to stop a coyote that gets too close.

Pet Halloween Safety 


Halloween Safety

Holiday Season is upon us, and while the celebrations often bring cheer to human, the holidays hold many dangers for our pets. Here are some simple tips to ensure your holidays aren't interrupted by a visit to the emergency veterinary clinic.

1. Be sure your pets don't sample the Halloween Candy! Chocolate is toxic to dogs, and xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many mints and gum, is toxic as well. Candy wrappers can cause dangerous obstructions. Candy, especially chocolate, can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart disturbances, and even death. Candy should be kept out of the pet's reach and young children should be told not to share Halloween "bounty" with their pet.

2. The continuous ringing of the doorbell, heralding the arrival of excited children in scary costumes, is very stressful for many dogs. Consider keeping your pet safe in a back room during trick or treating hours. Pets, especially dogs that are easily excitable or threatened by strangers, should be kept away from the front door to keep them from biting strangers or running into the street.

3. Halloween can be a time of terrible pranks. Be sure to keep pets safely indoors. Loud and excessive noise created by trick-or-treaters can frighten your pet.

4. Lots of people like to include their pets in Halloween festivities by dressing them up.  It should be done for only a short length of time, and keeping in mind some safety considerations.  According to Preventive Vet, avoid costumes with:

  • Dangling items that can be chewed and/or break off. These can result in digestive upset or obstruction - which usually requires surgery.
  • Loose fabric that might trip your pet, or get them caught in furniture or doors.
  • Masks or hats that obstruct their vision - this can terrify pets.
  • Poor ventilation that can make it difficult for your pet to breathe, or cause them to overheat.
  • Rubber bands to keep the costume in place - if mistakenly forgotten and left on the pet they can quickly burrow in the skin and cause tissue damage.
  • Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely.

Painting or dyeing your pet's fur is not a good idea - it can lead to anxiety as well as allergic reactions and fun for anyone! Have a safe and fun Halloween with your pets!

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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.


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!

Emergency Preparedness

September is National Disaster Preparedness month

Disaster...Evacuation...these are frightening words to hear. With the recent hurricane in Texas and the wildfires in our own state, we all realize how quickly disaster and the need to evacuate can come upon us. A little preparation ahead of time can help to keep your pets safe & healthy in the event of a disaster. Start with taking identifying photos of your pets, and storing them on your phone. Take the following photos:

  • Close up of their face and full body shot, with them looking straight into the camera
  • Full body shot from each side
  • Pictures of any distinguishing characteristics — include different colored spots on their coat, different coloration of their nose or ears, eye color and any spots on their eyes, lumps and bumps, and don’t forget their tail
  • If the length of their coat changes frequently, such as with grooming, be sure to take pictures of them both in their “long coat” stage and their short

Preventive Vet has put together this excellent downloadable publication that includes more valuable information to help you prepare to keep your pet safe in case of a disaster. Emergency Preparedness PDF

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