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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

Keeping Monroe's pets healthy for over 25 years!

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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.

February is National Pet Dental Month!

In celebration Kindness Animal Clinic is offering the following: During the months of February and March all pets having a dentistry will receive a $25 discount on their procedure. Give us a call (360-794-8813) to set up a dental exam for your pet!




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

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.


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


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.

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 greatly reduces the risk of prostatitis  (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 males also prevents the spread of transmissible venereal tumors (a sexually transmitted disease) and perineal hernias, in which testosterone weakens the muscles around the anus. Neutering cats protects against testicular cancer.

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

If there are concerns that spaying/neutering pets will lead to obesity know it does not have to! Proper diet and exercise can easily solve the issue. Remember, we have control of the food! 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!

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