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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.

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KINDNESS ANIMAL CLINIC WILL BE CLOSING at 6PM on Thursday , October 17,  and will reopen at 8AM on Monday, October 21st. 

If you need refills on prescriptions or diets, or have a pet who needs to be seen - please call us as soon as possible (360-794-8813).  If your pet experiences an emergency during our break, please call Seattle Veterinary Specialists (Totem Lake) at 877-397-9111 or Veterinary Specialty Center (Lynnwood) at 866-872-5800.

National vet tech poster 2019 

National Veterinary Technician week is celebrated in October...but we want to thank our dedicated employees every day! They are the nurses, surgical assistants, oral hygienists, groomers, x-ray tech, phlebotomists, lab techs, janitors, lunch servers (they feed our hospital patients!), dog walkers, educators, and treat dispensers. They chat with clients on the phone and in the waiting room...and when loved pets cross the rainbow bridge they are a shoulder to cry on...or someone to cry with. Thank you veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and receptionists for all you do. Your passion for your profession, the pets you help heal, and the clients whose lives you impact is inspiring...





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

Halloween is coming up, and while the celebrations often bring cheer to human, it can hold many dangers for our pets. Here are some simple tips to ensure your Halloween isn’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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Is Feeding a Grain Free Diet

Dangerous for your Dog?

If you have chosen to feed your dog a grain-free diet...especially if it contains peas, lentils, chickpeas, or potatoes in place of grain...PLEASE  be aware the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified 16 brands of these dog foods that have been linked to a frightening increase in very serious heart disease in dogs. Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), is characterized by distention and thinning of the muscular walls of the heart. This causes the dog's heart to be a less effective pump to move blood through the body...and may lead to heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, and even sudden death. DCM has a genetic component with some of the large and giant breeds of dogs...most notably Dobermans, Boxers, Great Danes, and Irish Wolfhounds The concern is... with the use of these grain-free diets, veterinary cardiologists are reporting DCM showing up with some frequency in “atypical” breeds...Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Miniature Schnauzers , French Bulldogs...and others.

We know dog owners just want the best food for their pets! There is NO science to indicate grain-free diets are healthier for any dog. Veterinary nutritionists report food allergies in dogs in general are uncommon, and allergies to grain are rare. If you look to your dog’s relatives in the wild...wolves, coyotes, hyenas...they typically prey on they are ingesting grains anyway! Don't take the risk with your dog’s heart health...avoid these grain-free diets.

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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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