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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.

Can dogs or cats get Zika virus? With all the worry about Zika in Rio this has been a concern. Although at this time there is NO evidence that dogs or cats can transmit or contract Zika virus...studies really haven’t been done. However, because we know pets can become infected with mosquito transmitted West Nile virus and Heartworm, mosquito control IS important. Unfortunately a consequence of climate change is more mosquitoes, and a larger distribution of them.  One of the best preventative things you can do is to eliminate mosquito breeding areas by removing water from gutters, flower pots, bowls, or buckets. Three fourths of the mosquito life cycle requires standing water, and the less around the better. Keeping vegetation trimmed back and lawns mowed also helps. Mosquitoes feast on plant nectar when they aren’t prowling for blood, so they spend a lot of time in tall grasses or around shrubs and bushes. There are some plants mosquitoes avoid- citronella, catnip, lavender, marigolds, basil and peppermint are all deterrents.

Mosquito repellents can be helpful...but remember no repellent is 100% effective, and it takes just one bite from an infected mosquito to cause  Heartworm infection...so you should still use Heartworm prevention in conjunction with repellents. Three licensed veterinary products  are Vectra 3D, K9 Advantix II and Bio Spot and can be used on dogs, but are very toxic in cats and it's not recommended to use these on dogs that spend a lot of time around cats.

Preventive Vet advises some human products, such as essential oils — including tea tree, neem, and citronella — can be useful in keeping mosquitoes and other insects away from your dogs.It’s important to only use DILUTE formulations of these oils. The concentrated oils can cause very serious problems for dogs if applied to their skin, and even the diluted ones can cause problems for cats. We have had some luck with Avon's Skin So Soft products. Their spray can be placed on a cloth and used to gently wipe your dog's face - avoiding their eyes. Very importantly:

Stay away from DEET! Most of the common bug sprays and mosquito repellents for people contain DEET, in varying concentrations. DEET can be very toxic for dogs, leading to vomiting, staggering, seizures, and other concerning problems.

Suki's Story

What happened to Suki, a favorite patient of ours at KAC, is unfortunately all too common. Suki, a Cairn terrier, ate several pieces of Trident chewing gum. Trident contains Xylitol, a natural, sugar-free sweetener commonly found in many chewing gums, foods, dental products and OTC supplements, and it is very poisonous to dogs. Small amounts can cause a sudden, life-threatening low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) within 10-15 minutes. Larger ingestions can result in liver damage and failure. Signs of xylitol poisoning in dogs include weakness, lethargy, collapse, vomiting, tremoring, seizures, yellowing of the skin, black-tarry stool, and even coma or death. Thankfully, Suki's owner recognized the seriousness of the situation and immediately brought her in for life-saving treatment. Treatment begins with inducing vomiting and includes monitoring of blood sugar and liver values, IV fluids, and liver protective drugs. Suki responded well to treatment, and happily is home today with her family! Xylitol is found in many foods and other products. Click here for Preventive Vet's list of those products.

 

Here is a flea and tick product we have been very happy with! Bravecto has been on the market for just over a year now, and it kills fleas and ticks for 12 weeks. Bravecto has been proven very safe, and it works well in adult dogs and puppies over 6 months of age. It has been approved for use in pregnant and nursing female dogs. This is an economical time to purchase Bravecto for your dog. We have coupons available for the 2016 mypet rewards program, for a rebate of $15 back on two doses of Bravecto. In addition, we are now offering a buy 2 doses of Bravecto get $10 off at our clinic. Normally the two doses would be $112, but with the discounts they are $87. This will provide your dog with 6 months of excellent flea and tick control ($14.50 per month).

The active ingredient in Bravecto is Fluralaner, and this is how it works.

Time to Check Your Chip

August 15, 2016 is Check the Chip Day......but we would be happy to check the chip anytime we are open!

Stop by Kindness Animal Clinic with your pet and we will scan them to check their microchip, and to help you make sure all your information is current!

Microchips greatly increase the chances that you’ll get your pet back if he/she is lost or stolen…but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate.  AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.”  To help keep your pet as safe as possible owners should:

1) Make an appointment with us for microchipping if your pet isn’t already microchipped (then make sure that your pet’s chip is immediately registered)

2) Check your already-microchipped pet’s registration information in the microchip manufacturer’s database, and make sure it’s up-to-date.

To update your pet’s registration, you’ll need your pet’s microchip number. If you haven’t already created an account with the manufacturer, you’ll need to do that as well so you can access the registration in the future to update the information. Make sure that all of the information, particularly your phone number(s) and address, are correct. There are many databases that allow you to register your pet’s microchip, but the one that really counts – the one that animal shelters and veterinarians will search – is the database maintained by the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip. We are using AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to link to the registries of the majority of microchip manufacturers and allow a quick database search of any microchip made by these manufacturers.  August 15 may be CHECK THE CHIP DAY, but we will be happy to scan your pet anytime we are open. Take a few minutes to check the chip on your pet...it may be a lifesaver!

For more information on how microchips work, click here.

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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.

Testimonials

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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