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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.

We will be closed...

KINDNESS ANIMAL CLINIC WILL BE CLOSING at 6 PM on Friday, August 18th and reopening at 8 AM on Monday, August 28th.

If you need refills on prescriptions or diets, or have a pet who needs to be seen - please call us as soon as possible (360-794-8813).  If your pet experiences an emergency during our break, please call Seattle Veterinary Specialists (Totem Lake) at 877-397-9111 or Veterinary Specialty Center (Lynnwood) at 866-872-5800.


Summer is here and camping season with it!  Many of us enjoy taking out dogs along with us camping.  Before you take your pet with you, do some preparation:

Check to see whether the camping area allows dogs, and familiarize yourself with the rules for pets at the site.

Check with us to make sure your dog is healthy and up-to-date on all required vaccinations, particularly Rabies and Leptosporosis.  Lyme disease, a tick-borne disease, is expected to be a problem in our area this summer. We are recommending systemic flea and tick control for all hiking/camping dogs.  Bravecto has been very effective in killing both fleas and ticks, and only needs to be given to your dog once every 12 weeks.  Be sure your dog is protected against heartworms, which are transmitted by mosquito bite and have been reported in all 50 states. We can help get your dog on a safe and effective heartworm prevention.

Have an appropriate collar or harness with an identification tag. Use a cell phone number where you can be reached at all times, not a home phone number, on the tag. Microchipping your dog is also an excellent idea.  Keep your information up to date so that you can be contacted when your dog is located.

Packing for Your Dog:

Bring water for your dog to drink if a water supply is not available at the campsite. Do not allow your dog to drink out of standing bodies of water. Your dog should continue to eat his regular diet during the trip; pack enough food and treats to last for your entire stay. Bring food and water dishes, bedding and toys. Take a copy of your dog’s health records and vaccination reports, especially important if you are crossing state lines. Other essential items include a leash and collar or harness, a carrier or other means to confine your dog when necessary, bags to pick up your dog’s waste, a first aid kit and any medications your dog takes regularly.

While Camping:

Once at the camping ground, keep your dog on a leash or otherwise confined so that other campers are not disturbed and your dog is not at risk for becoming lost or injured. The biggest medical problems we see at Kindness Animal Clinic with camping dogs are gastrointestinal problems related to eating bones, garbage, or other unfamiliar foods dogs find at campgrounds. Keep your dog away from dangers such as campfires and cooking utensils that can cause injury. Teach your dog to “leave it”  in case your dog begins to explore or picks up something dangerous in his mouth.

Keep your dog close to you during your camping expedition.  Do not leave your dog confined in a closed car or tied to a stationary object. If needed, provide a carrier, crate, or portable fencing unit to keep your dog safe.  Other injuries we often see with our patients who camp are related to exposure to wildlife such as porcupines, and foot injuries including cuts and abrasions.  Make sure your dog is supervised at all times! Here are some dog friendly Washington camp areas:

1. Kaloloch, Olympic National Park, Pacific Coast

Kalaloch is one of the few public campgrounds in Washington right on the Pacific, and it has great ocean views. While dogs are not allowed on the trails of Olympic National Park, they are allowed on leash on this 10 mile stretch of park beach. 170 sites - in summer they go fast, so be sure to make reservations (

2. Sullivan Lake, Colville National Forest, Selkirk Mountains

In northeastern Washington, Sullivan Lake is surrounded by steep peaks including 7,308-foot Abercrombie Mountain and 7,309-foot Gypsy Peak, the two highest summits in eastern Washington. Two  national forest campgrounds, East Sullivan and West Sullivan are on the lake’s northern shore while remote  Noisy Creek Campground is on its southern shore. The sites are well-shaded and there are plenty of dog-friendly hiking trails nearby, including the four mile Sullivan Lake trail connecting the campgrounds. The lake warms up nicely by mid-summer and there’s a beach for your dog to splash in!

3. Colonial Creek, Ross Lake, North Cascades

Colonial Creek sits in old growth forest along Diablo Lake in a deep valley in the heart of the North Cascades. There are several miles of dog friendly trail radiating right from the campground, including the 1.9 mile Thunder Knob Trail.

4. Silver Springs, Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Rainier

Right outside of the Mount Rainier National Park is the Silver Springs Campground in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. In old growth forest right on the glacial-fed White River, this CCC-built campground offers spacious and private sites. Dogs are not allowed on the trails in the National Park, but you may take them to nearby Crystal Mountain to hike the  large network of trails surrounding the resort.

Camp Safe!!

Time to Check Your Chip

August 15, 2017 is Check the Chip Day......but we would be happy to check the chip anytime we are open!

Stop by Kindness Animal Clinic with your pet and we will scan them to check their microchip, and to help you make sure all your contact information is current!

Microchips GREATLY increase the chances that you’ll get your pet back if he/she is lost or stolen…but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate.  AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.”  To help keep your pet as safe as possible owners should:

1) Make an appointment with us for microchipping if your pet isn’t already microchipped (then make sure that your pet’s chip is immediately registered)

2) Check your already-microchipped pet’s registration information in the microchip manufacturer’s database, and make sure it’s up-to-date.

To update your pet’s registration, you’ll need your pet’s microchip number. If you haven’t already created an account with the manufacturer, you’ll need to do that as well so you can access the registration in the future to update the information. Make sure that all of the information, particularly your phone number(s) and address, are correct. There are many databases that allow you to register your pet’s microchip, but the one that really counts – the one that animal shelters and veterinarians will search – is the database maintained by the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip. We are using AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to link to the registries of the majority of microchip manufacturers and allow a quick database search of any microchip made by these manufacturers.  August 15 may be CHECK THE CHIP DAY, but we will be happy to scan your pet anytime we are open. Take a few minutes to check the chip on your may be a lifesaver!

For more information on how microchips work, click here.

How dangerous are mosquitoes for dogs and cats?  Although there is NO evidence that dogs or cats can transmit or contract Zika virus,  we know pets can become infected with mosquito transmitted West Nile virus and Heartworm. Mosquito control IS important. Unfortunately a consequence of climate change is more mosquitoes, and a larger distribution of them.  One of the best preventative things you can do is to eliminate mosquito breeding areas by removing water from gutters, flower pots, bowls, or buckets. Three fourths of the mosquito life cycle requires standing water, and the less around the better. Keeping vegetation trimmed back and lawns mowed also helps. Mosquitoes feast on plant nectar when they aren’t prowling for blood, so they spend a lot of time in tall grasses or around shrubs and bushes. There are some plants mosquitoes avoid- citronella, catnip, lavender, marigolds, basil and peppermint are all deterrents.

Mosquito repellents can be helpful...but remember no repellent is 100% effective, and it takes just one bite from an infected mosquito to cause  Heartworm you should still use Heartworm prevention in conjunction with repellents. Three licensed veterinary products  are Vectra 3D, K9 Advantix II and Bio Spot and can be used on dogs, but are very toxic in cats and it's not recommended to use these on dogs that spend a lot of time around cats.

Preventive Vet advises some human products, such as essential oils — including tea tree, neem, and citronella — can be useful in keeping mosquitoes and other insects away from your dogs.It’s important to only use DILUTE formulations of these oils. The concentrated oils can cause very serious problems for dogs if applied to their skin, and even the diluted ones can cause problems for cats. We have had some luck with Avon's Skin So Soft products. Their spray can be placed on a cloth and used to gently wipe your dog's face - avoiding their eyes. Very importantly:

Stay away from DEET! Most of the common bug sprays and mosquito repellents for people contain DEET, in varying concentrations. DEET can be very toxic for pets - causing  vomiting, staggering, and seizures.

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.


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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