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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.

Time to get fit...Together!

It’s that time to make New Year’s resolutions! If your resolution involves losing weight and getting more fit you’re in luck.  You’ve likely got the perfect fitness partner right at your feet. Did you know more than half of the cats and dogs in the US are considered either overweight or obese? Why not work together with your pet on that New Year’s resolution??

Before starting any weight loss program, check in with us to make sure your pet doesn’t have any underlying medical condition that could make their weight loss harder to achieve, or even painful or unsafe to pursue. Thyroid conditions, arthritis, or heart disease are some of the conditions we screen for. We can also check for simple things such as making sure your pet’s toenails are the proper length to make exercise comfortable. We can also help you determine your pet’s ideal body weight.

 

Weight loss in cats and dogs should proceed slowly, with a target rate of loss no greater than approximately 1-2% of their body weight per week. To help achieve that:

Measure their food with an actual measuring cup

Stop feeding “free choice” and switch to meal feeding

Cut back on treats – start by cutting all treats in half or quarter to easily cut back on calories.

If you feed dry food, try some of the great interactive puzzle toys or treat balls to feed them in, such as an Outward Hound Fun Feeder, pictured to the left. It can slow them down and give them some mental and physical stimulation. 

Increase their exercise and play time. Regular excercise helps pets maintain agility and a healthy weight.And...dogs...according to a study from Journal of Experimental Biology...also get the neurobiological reaction known as "runner's high" after moderate and intense activity.

Dogs:

Get outside! Go for more and farther walks together.Throw the ball or Frisbee ...in warm weather, take them swimming.Walking in water is also great exercise, and easy on the joints. Some medium/larger dogs make great running buddies.It is recommended you wait to begin until dogs are at least a year old(when growth plates close), and increase your mileage gradually - by no more than 10 to 20 percent per week to avoid injury or fatigue.

Give them a job – try agility, herding, dock diving, scent work, or just work on their training.

When it is too cold or wet to go outside – try indoor games such as kibble hide-and-seek, throw the ball or laps up and down the steps. 
There are treadmills on the market designed specifically for dogs. You can also use a human treadmill—but take the right precautions. Spend a few days familiarizing your dog with how it works. Use a slow speed and stand in front of the treadmill with a treat. Over three or four days, slowly increase the speed and the amount of time your pup spends on the treadmill. Work up to the same amount of time you normally spend on walks.

 

Cats:

Hide food around the room or house to make a food treasure hunt for your cat.

Increase play using laser pointers, feather danglers...or, as we all know, cats often enjoy simple toys you make for them from milk rings or crumpled paper more than the purchased ones. Empty toilet paper rolls can also be made into great cat toys – check out this link for some great ideas!

Treat rattle: Fold one end of toilet paper roll inside to create a semi-closed end. Place several cat treats inside, and fold the other end to create another semi-closed end.

Or...get a One Fast Cat exercise wheel for about $250. This one takes a bit of getting used to by cats...but they do seem to enjoy it and if it works, far less expensive than the costs associated with the complications of feline obesity – diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure.

Have fun, Good luck, and Happy New Year!

Testimonials

Shelley D.                 
October 30, 2016

I have used Kindness for over 20 years because they have always provided exceptional care for my pups.

Bridgette T.               
October 25, 2016

Big big thanks to Dr. Garver and his fabulous staff at Kindness Animal Clinic. Their bedside manner and professionalism today was amazing as they got Maebe through an unexpected emergency surgery. We are so thankful! I highly recommend them for kind and compassionate care.

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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