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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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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.

Time to get fit...Together!

It’s that time to make New Year’s resolutions! If your resolution involves losing weight and getting more fit you’re in luck.  You’ve likely got the perfect fitness partner right at your feet. Did you know more than half of the cats and dogs in the US are considered either overweight or obese? Why not work together with your pet on that New Year’s resolution??

Before starting any weight loss program, check in with us to make sure your pet doesn’t have any underlying medical condition that could make their weight loss harder to achieve, or even painful or unsafe to pursue. Thyroid conditions, arthritis, or heart disease are some of the conditions we screen for. We can also check for simple things such as making sure your pet’s toenails are the proper length to make exercise comfortable. We can also help you determine your pet’s ideal body weight.


Weight loss in cats and dogs should proceed slowly, with a target rate of loss no greater than approximately 1-2% of their body weight per week. To help achieve that:

Measure their food with an actual measuring cup

Stop feeding “free choice” and switch to meal feeding

Cut back on treats – start by cutting all treats in half or quarter to easily cut back on calories.

If you feed dry food, try some of the great interactive puzzle toys or treat balls to feed them in, such as an Outward Hound Fun Feeder, pictured to the left. It can slow them down and give them some mental and physical stimulation. 

Increase their exercise and play time. Regular excercise helps pets maintain agility and a healthy weight.And...dogs...according to a study from Journal of Experimental Biology...also get the neurobiological reaction known as "runner's high" after moderate and intense activity.


Get outside! Go for more and farther walks together.Throw the ball or Frisbee warm weather, take them swimming.Walking in water is also great exercise, and easy on the joints. Some medium/larger dogs make great running buddies.It is recommended you wait to begin until dogs are at least a year old(when growth plates close), and increase your mileage gradually - by no more than 10 to 20 percent per week to avoid injury or fatigue.

Give them a job – try agility, herding, dock diving, scent work, or just work on their training.

When it is too cold or wet to go outside – try indoor games such as kibble hide-and-seek, throw the ball or laps up and down the steps. 
There are treadmills on the market designed specifically for dogs. You can also use a human treadmill—but take the right precautions. Spend a few days familiarizing your dog with how it works. Use a slow speed and stand in front of the treadmill with a treat. Over three or four days, slowly increase the speed and the amount of time your pup spends on the treadmill. Work up to the same amount of time you normally spend on walks.



Hide food around the room or house to make a food treasure hunt for your cat.

Increase play using laser pointers, feather danglers...or, as we all know, cats often enjoy simple toys you make for them from milk rings or crumpled paper more than the purchased ones. Empty toilet paper rolls can also be made into great cat toys – check out this link for some great ideas!

Treat rattle: Fold one end of toilet paper roll inside to create a semi-closed end. Place several cat treats inside, and fold the other end to create another semi-closed end.

Or...get a One Fast Cat exercise wheel for about $200. This one takes a bit of getting used to by cats...but they do seem to enjoy it and if it works, far less expensive than the costs associated with the complications of feline obesity – diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure.

Have fun, Good luck, and Happy New Year!

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.


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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