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KINDNESS ANIMAL CLINIC is a full-service, AAHA accredited, veterinary medical facility located in MONROE, WA. Our professional iand 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. Our Veterinarians are 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 Practiioners 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!

Warm Weather Brings Fleas!

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
  • 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.

Revolution
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 (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!

Spring Hazards

Now that Spring has officially arrived, it's time for gardening!  However, many of the products we use in the garden, or even the plants we plant can be very dangerous to our pets.  Pet proof your garden to keep your pet safe! Here are the Spring flowers to be cautious with:

Tulips and Hyacinths

These plants have toxins concentrated in the bulbs rather than the leaf or flower, so make sure your dog isn't digging up and eating bulbs.  Tulip and hyacinth bulbs cause irritation to the mouth and esophagus with symptoms such as a large amount of drooling and vomiting and diarrhea.  These symptoms can be severe and may require a visit in to see us for supportive care.

Daffodils

Every part of this plant is toxic - bulb, plant and flower.  Eating daffodils causes severe vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, and may even cause heart arrhythmias.  Seeing or suspecting your pet of eating daffodils requires veterinary care.

Lilies

Lily poisoning occurs in cats, and not in dogs or people. There are two different types of lilies out there: true lilies which are truly dangerous and include Easter, Tiger, Day, Asiatic, and Japanese Show, and the benign lilies which cause only mild mouth irritation and include Peace, Peruvian and Calla lilies. Lilies are often found in florist bouquets and it is very important to check for them before bringing them into your house. True lilies are highly toxic to cats and 2-3 petals or leaves or even a small amount of pollen can cause fatal kidney failure. The earlier the cat receives veterinary care the better. If you see your cat eating true lilies, it is a true emergency and you need to bring the cat and the plant (for identification purposes)  in immediately!

Crocus

The type of crocus that blooms in the spring is the most common type, and usually causes no more than mild gastrointestinal symptoms if eaten.  However, the autumn crocus ,which blooms in the fall is highly toxic.

Lily of the Valley

This plant contains cardiac glycosides, and if eaten causes dangerous heart problems including a dramatically lowered heart rate and severe arrhythmias.  If you suspect your pet has eaten this plant, it is a veterinary emergency!

Fertilizers

Some of the products we use in the garden can also cause severe illness if eaten.  Although  blood and bone meal are "organic" ways to fertilize, they are from animal origin and are considered delicious by many pets.  Blood meal eaten can cause vomiting and diarrhea or even severe pancreititis.  It can also cause iron toxicity. Bone meal, when eaten, can form a cement like bone ball in the stomach that can become an obstruction...and require surgery to remove it. Rose and plant fertilizers often contain disulfodon - it only takes 1 teaspoon of a 1% solution to kill a Labrador sized dog. Organophosphates are also used, and they can be fatal if eaten.  Most of pesticides/insecticides that come in spray cans cause no more than mild irritation BUT it is always important to read labels and check with us if there is exposure!

Slug Bait

This is always a danger for our pets here in the Pacific Northwest.  Even if you don't use it, be aware your neighbors may, and dogs in particular find this to be very palatable.

Metaldehyde is found in slug bait and it causes severe rapid symptoms when eaten.  Agitation, tremors,seizures and a very high body temperature are frequently seen.  This is a veterinary emergency and without treatment slug bait is deadly!

 

For more information visit petpoisonhotline.com

 

Garden safe!!

American Animal Hospital Association 

 



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.

 

Cat Friendly Practice

Kindness Animal Clinic has been certified a Gold Level "Cat Friendly Practice" by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.  The only practice certified in Monroe. Click here for more info.

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