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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.

Fleas: Pesky Parasites!

Flea Season is here!

With an appetite for blood, a short life cycle, and an amazing ability to reproduce, the flea is a difficult parasite to eradicate. The common cat flea is one of the hardiest pests our dogs and cats will encounter and it can carry diseases that affect our pets and us.

Did you know? FLEAS:

  • Are the most common parasite of dogs and cats in our area?
  • Lay 50 eggs per day for over 50 days? That's 2500 eggs per female flea!
  • Time from egg to adult is less than 20 days?
  • Can double their population every 3 days in a temperature of over 70 degrees?
  • In the pupa form can lay dormant in the environment for over 6 months waiting for an animal (host) to come by?
  • Can jump up to 2 feet in the air?

Year round use of veterinary approved flea prevention and control products along with an effective environmental protection product is the BEST means to prevent infestation.  Kindness Animal Clinic has the newest, safest and most effective flea products to win the war on fleas!

Prescription flea medication will control and prevent further flea infestation.  These are the topical or oral prescription products we recommend:

Flea Control for Cats: Revolution
  • Revolution is the product Kindness Animal Clinic recommends for cats and kittens 8 weeks or older.
  • The active ingredient of Revolution is Selamectin, a chemical specific for the insect neuromuscular systems. Because it does not affect mammals it is very safe for use in our pets.
  • Revolution only needs to be used once monthly to last all month long!  Applied to the skin at the base of your cat's neck, it is absorbed through the bloodstream within 10 minutes.
  • It kills adult fleas and ticks, as well as preventing eggs from hatching for 1 month after application.
  • Revolution works best if used year round to prevent an infestation of fleas from becoming established.
  • As a plus, it is also effective against ear mites, roundworms, hookworms, and heartworm, making it the best all-around prevention for cats.
Flea Control for Dogs: Bravecto, Revolution, and Trifexis
  • Bravecto is the newest flea and tick product on the market, and we have found it to be very effective, safe, and easy to use!
  • The active ingredient in Bravecto is Fluralaner - an insect neuro inhibitor. Because it has no effect on mammals it is safe for your dog...but not for fleas and ticks!
  • Bravecto is a tasty chew that is given to your dog with his or her dinner once every 12 weeks.
  • Fleas begin to die within 2 hours, and the product stays strong and lasts long - killing fleas and ticks for up to 12 weeks.
  • Because it protects from inside the dog, it is not affected by bathing or swimming and will not rub off.
  • Bravecto can be used in all adult dogs and in puppies over 6 months of age.
  • As a plus, Bravecto kills 3 types of ticks: black-legged, American dog, and brown dog for 12 weeks, and lone star ticks for 8 weeks.
  • 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 ($1

  • Revolution is also recommended by Kindness Animal Clinic for dogs and puppies over 6 weeks of age.
  • The active ingredient of Revolution is Selamectin, a chemical specific for the insect neuromuscular system. Because it does not affect mammals it is very safe to use in our pets.
  • Revolution only needs to be used once monthly to last all month long. Applied to the skin at the base of your dog's neck, it is absorbed through the bloodstream within 10 minutes.
  • It kills adult fleas and ticks, as well as preventing eggs from hatching for 1 month after application.
  • Revolution works best if used year round to prevent an infestation of fleas from becoming established.
  • As a plus, Revolution also prevents Heartworm disease, and is effective against ear mites, Sarcoptic mites, and American dog ticks, making it a great all-around prevention for dogs.
  • Trifexis is a beef flavored chewable table that is safe for dogs over 8 weeks of age.
  • The active ingredients are Spinosad (an insect neurotoxin) and Milbemycin oxime (a Macrocyclic Lactone).
  • Given with a meal once monthly, Trifexis will kill adult fleas before they lay eggs, and continue killing them for the entire month.
  • Because Sentinel only sterilizes fleas and Trifexis actually kills them Trifexis is our preferred broad spectrum oral flea product for dogs.
  • It protects from inside the dog and will not rub or wash off.
  • Although Trifexis won't kill ticks, it is very effective against heartworm and the intestinal parasites roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
For Environmental Control
Knockout Spray ES
  • If your home is currently infested with fleas, we recommend treating it completely with an area treatment (not a fogger) as well.
  • Kindness Animal Clinic recommends Knockout Spray ES(pyrethrin, permethrin and Nylar). This spray has both an adulticide for a quick kill of adult fleas, and an insect growth regulator to prevent hatching of any eggs in the environment.
  • The only stage of the flea lifecycle that is not affected by Knockout is the pupa (cocoons), which will hatch out in 10 days. Because of this, we recommend a second treatment 10 days after the first.
  • Before using Knockout, first vacuum the house thoroughly and dispose of the bag.  Use a light spray application onto the floors and carpet, beds, under furniture, along baseboards and beneath cushions on furniture. Launder all area rugs and bedding.  It is important to treat the entire house as if an area remains untreated, it can serve as a source for reinfestation. Don't vacuum for at least 3 days after treating. Allow the house to dry for an hour, and then ventilate by opening windows for an hour. During the treatment time it is best to vacate the premises for two hours, taking all pets with you. If this isn't practical, treat a room at a time by putting a towel against the door, and ventilate the room after treatment.  Make sure to treat the house twice, 10 days apart.
  • Protect your other pets as well! Birds and reptiles should be removed during treatment and not returned until the room is well ventilated. Also, fish tanks should have the tank covered with a towel and filters unplugged while the room is being treated to prevent any of the product getting into the water.
  • One 16oz can of Knockout will treat 2100 square feet and prevent infestations for up to four months.

In this area of the country, environmental conditions are perfect for fleas, and flea control can be difficult.  Keep in mind the following:

  • Year round use of a veterinary approved flea prevention and control product is the best means to prevent infestation.
  • Veterinary approved flea medication must be used on all animals in the home.  Even indoor only cats are at risk as fleas can be brought in by other animals and even people.
  • It may take several months to completely control an infestation.
  • Prescription flea medication will control and prevent further flea infestation.  Revolution, Bravecto, and Trifexis are the products we recommend.  Products such as Frontline and Advantage we no longer recommend as they are topical pesticides that fleas have developed resistance to.  Also, we do not recommend flea shampoo, foggers, or flea collars as they too often are outdated pesticides that fleas are resistant to.

The staff at Kindness Animal Clinic will be happy to help you formulate a plan for the best flea control for your pets and home!




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.


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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