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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 info@kacpets.com 

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.

February is National Pet Dental Month!

During the month of February all pets having a dentistry will go home with a complimentary bag of Hills Prescription diet t/d food! Clinically proven to reduce gingivitis and buildup of plaque,stain and tartar, t/d has a unique kibble shape to clean the surface of pet teeth.  Pets love the taste, and t/d is wonderful preventive medicine and will increase time between dental cleanings.    

 

 

 

Dental disease is the most common disease of dogs and cats and it causes:
Bad Breath
Painful infections of the mouth that can lead to a loss of teeth
Kidney and heart disease that can decrease the lifespan of your pet

Dental disease is preventable!!

Schedule your pet for a professional dental cleaning!  At Kindness Animal Clinic your dog or cat will receive:
1.  A thorough physical exam including blood tests to evaluate the health of your pet before the dentistry.
2. Your pet will have general anesthesia, pain medication, intravenous fluids to maintain hydration, and surgical heating pads to get them warm.  He/she will have constant monitoring using our state of the art equipment by our doctors and staff to keep your pet safe and comfortable during the dentistry.
3.  A thorough oral exam complete with full mouth dental x rays to assess all of your pet's teeth.
4.  Ultrasonic scaling and polishing of his/her teeth.
5.  Treatment of any diseased teeth or gums as well as fluoride and anti-plaque care to help prevent reoccurrence of dental disease.
Your pet may usually go home within a few hours of his/her dentistry - with a clean, healthy mouth and feeling much better!

Dental Care For Your Pet

Three Steps to Success
Your pet needs dental care - regular, professional care from your veterinarian, as well as care at home from you. The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends that pet owners follow three basic steps:

STEP 1: Take your pet to the veterinarian for a dental exam. Don’t wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem.

STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Your veterinarian can suggest steps that may include brushing your pet's teeth. One of the most convenient and effective ways to combat oral disease is feeding specially formulated foods proven effective in combating plaque and tartar buildup. The Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council, an organization initiated by the American Veterinary Dental Society to guide consumers, appears on products that meet defined standards for plaque and tartar control in dogs and cats. For further information on the VOHC or their product standards, visit www.vohc.org.

STEP 3: Schedule regular veterinary checkups. These are essential in helping your veterinarian monitor the progress of your pet's dental health routine. Your veterinary health care team can help you schedule the appropriate visits.

Remember:

              While February is National Pet Dental Health Month, dental health should be a daily ritual for pet owners all year long.

 

Spay and Neuter Awareness

Dr. Garver typically recommends spaying female cats when they are 4 to 6 months old, and female dogs just before their  first heat cycle—due to the medical benefits. Mammary tumors, or breast cancer, are a big concern in female dogs and cats. Spaying a dog after her first heat cycle, increases the risk from 0.5 percent risk of  mammary tumors up to an 8 percent risk. Waiting until after her 2nd heat cycle, increases the risk to 26 percent risk. This benefit extends to cats as well. According to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), kittens spayed before 6 months old are seven times less likely to develop mammary cancer. Spaying pets also avoids pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus. By age 4, 15.2 percent of unaltered female dogs will develop pyometra. By age 10, that risk rises to 23–24 percent. Female cats that are not spayed are also very susceptible to pyometra. A spay surgery, which removes the uterus and ovaries, eliminates the risk completely.

Neutering male pets also has many health advantages. Neutering dogs virtually eliminates the risk of prostate issues, including infection and prostatic hyperplasia, an enlargement of the prostate that creates difficulty passing stool. By age 6, 75–80 percent of unaltered male dogs will have benign prostatic hyperplasia and by age 9, it’s 95–100 percent. Neutering male dogs completely eliminates this risk. It also prevents the spread of transmissible venereal tumors (a sexually transmitted disease) and perineal hernias, in which testosterone weakens the muscles around the anus and allows abdominal content to push though, while neutering cats protects against testicular cancer.

Neutering also reduces or eliminates unwanted behaviors like spraying in male cats, roaming and aggression in dogs. The earlier the surgery is performed, the less likely these behaviors will occur.

There may be concerns that sterilizing  pets will lead to obesity. It does not have to! Proper diet and exercise can easily solve the issue. Remember, we have control of the food! Most dogs and cats can’t access the refrigerator or feed themselves!

There may be concerns about the risks of anesthesia.  Kindness Animal Clinic is an AAHA accredited hospital, and AAHA mandates excellent anesthesia protocols.  This makes the risk of anesthesia for young, healthy animals very low.

Some pet owners say they want to wait to spay their dogs or cats until after they produce a litter so their children can witness the “miracle of birth.” Not every birth goes smoothly, and animals shouldn’t have a litter until they have reached full adult size if they are to be bred responsibly. If you must....consider fostering a pregnant dog or cat from a local animal shelter so you won't be bringing even more animals into the world.

Pet overpopulation is real. Each year, approximately 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats are euthanized in the U.S., according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Do the right thing!

Happy Valentine's Day!

If you are lucky enough to get chocolate for Valentine's Day - ENJOY! But, do NOT share with your canine (or feline) best friend. Chocolate can be toxic and potentially even fatal to our pets. It contains caffeine, and a compound called Theobromine - which our pets are unable to break down as readily as we humans can. This results in dangerous stimulation to the nervous system and the heart, in addition to nausea and vomiting. The level of toxicity depends on the type of chocolate eaten (unsweetened chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate!) as well as the size of the pet. A Labrador retriever can handle more than a Yorkie! The Chocolate Meter can help you determine what might be dangerous for your pet. To be on the safe side, keep your Valentine's Day chocolate to yourself, but if an accident does happen, please call us!

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Testimonials

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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