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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

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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.

Kindness Animal Clinic Coronavirus Plan

*STAY AT HOME ORDER has been implemented by Governor Inslee (March 23, 2020). Veterinary Medical care is considered an essential service and we are still open our revised hours. We are following our new social distancing protocol of clients pulling up curbside and letting us know when you arrive. Questions? Please give us a call 360-794-8813.


In the midst of recent developments with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are implementing a plan to help protect our clients and our team. So far, there has been no evidence pets are able to transmit the virus back and forth with humans. Our concern is human to human transmission. The greatest risk for transmission is through airborne particles and surface contamination. Our hospital policy already dictates we routinely disinfect surfaces with a medical grade disinfectant, and wash our hands frequently. We are adjusting our practice to focus on limiting our exposure between humans.



We will happily shake paws...but NOT hands!




 Our plan:


Internal Cleaning

  • In addition to our regular exam room cleaning, we will be cleaning all door handles between appointments.
  • We will be disinfecting our phones, desks, keyboards and mouse surfaces frequently.
  • Our credit card machine is on the front desk for you to operate yourself and we will be disinfecting it after each use.


  • We don’t want our pet patients to go without veterinary care. We have set up a Pet Only Appointment:
    We will meet you in your car (call us when you arrive 360- 794-8813) or just outside our front door, and take your pet inside for an exam. You can remain in your car during the appointment and Dr. Garver will speak with you on the phone about your pet. We will check you out over the phone, and meet you at the front door or car with your pet and any needed medications.
  • For surgical drop offs, we can email you the estimate to complete prior to your arrival. You can either scan it and email it back, or hand it to us when you arrive with your pet. Post surgical pet pick up will be the same as for a pet only appointment. * As of 3/20 we will be following American Veterinary Medical Association’s  guidelines and will NOT be doing elective surgeries and dentistries in order to conserve medical resources for our human medical care workers and patients.
  • We will also happily do car side delivery for prescriptions and pet diets...just let us know when you call to request them.


In addition, we will be revising our hours.  Starting immediately...and for as long as needed...we will now be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8AM to 6PM with our usual closure 12:30-1:30 for lunch. We will be closed on Wednesday and the weekend. These new hours are to allow us to deep clean our hospital and to minimize our staff exposure. We will keep you updated through our Facebook page, website, and email. Our goal is for Kindness Animal Clinic to remain a safe place for you, your pets, and our staff.

Poison Prevention Week is here!

 Unfortunately, each year thousands of dogs and cats suffer from accidental ingestion of household poisons. As a pet owner, are you aware of the common toxins that can poison your pet? Common household items such as foods, medications, chemicals, and plants can harm your pet if ingested.

Top 10 Pet Poisons

Here are the top 10 most common toxins that Pet Poison Helpline gets called about. Some of these listed are very toxic, while some are minimally toxic. When in doubt, call your us or Pet Poison Helpline to make sure there won’t be a problem. Take special care to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach and pet-proof your house!

Dog Poisons:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Rodenticides (mouse and rat poison)
  3. Vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D or iron supplements
  4. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen
  5. Cardiac medications, such as calcium channel blockers or beta blockers
  6. Cold and allergy medications
  7. Xylitol
  8. Antidepressants
  9. Acetaminophen
  10. Caffeine pills

Cat Poisons:

  1. Lilies
  2. Canine pyrethroid insecticides (topical flea and tick medicine designed for dogs but erroneously placed on cats)
  3. Household cleaners
  4. Rodenticides
  5. Cold and flu medications
  6. Veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Rimadyl®, Deramaxx®)
  7. Glow sticks
  8. Amphetamines (such as ADD/ADHD drugs)
  9. Insoluble oxalate plants such as dumb canes or philodendrons
  10. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin® in brand name or generic form)

The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 for assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet.

Having the container, package, or label in hand will save valuable time and may save the life of your pet.

Contact Kindness Animal Clinic or the  Pet Poison Hotline if your pet has potentially ingested something toxic! 360-794-8813







Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Is Feeding a Grain Free Diet

Dangerous for your Dog?

If you have chosen to feed your dog a grain-free diet...especially if it contains peas, lentils, chickpeas, or potatoes in place of grain...PLEASE  be aware the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified 16 brands of these dog foods that have been linked to a frightening increase in very serious heart disease in dogs. Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), is characterized by distention and thinning of the muscular walls of the heart. This causes the dog's heart to be a less effective pump to move blood through the body...and may lead to heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, and even sudden death. DCM has a genetic component with some of the large and giant breeds of dogs...most notably Dobermans, Boxers, Great Danes, and Irish Wolfhounds The concern is... with the use of these grain-free diets, veterinary cardiologists are reporting DCM showing up with some frequency in “atypical” breeds...Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Miniature Schnauzers , French Bulldogs...and others.

We know dog owners just want the best food for their pets! There is NO science to indicate grain-free diets are healthier for any dog. Veterinary nutritionists report food allergies in dogs in general are uncommon, and allergies to grain are rare. If you look to your dog’s relatives in the wild...wolves, coyotes, hyenas...they typically prey on they are ingesting grains anyway! Don't take the risk with your dog’s heart health...avoid these grain-free diets.

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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.

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