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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.

Antifreeze Toxicity Is Now Scarier

With the cooler weather approaching here is a reminder of a serious cooler weather pet poison. Just a lick or two of antifreeze (ethylene glycol) off a driveway, garage floor, of their paw can be enough to sicken, or even kill a cat or dog!  To complicate matters, earlier this year, the manufacturer of the antidote for treating ethylene glycol poisoning in cats and dogs-a drug called fomepizole (4-MP)- discontinued production of the drug.The sheer potency of ethylene glycol as a poison in cats and dogs along with this change in available first line treatment options makes this change important:

Purchase and use a pet-safer antifreeze.  In addition, ask your car maintenance facility to use a pet safe option, and encourage neighbors and family to do the same.  Propylene glycol antifreezes are safer for pets....but by no means entirely safe and caution still must be used.  These are the pet safer antifreezes:

  • LowTox antifreeze by Prestone
  • Low Toxicity antifreeze by Amsoil
  • Sierra antifreeze by Peak

Recently, another source of ethylene glycol has been discovered in imported holiday snow globes.  If this should break and your pet ingest the liquid inside, it too could lead to kidney failure.

Could your pet be hiding signs of diabetes?        

Find out during NATIONAL DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in peopole, and its also common in pets, especially cats. But signs of diabetes can be subtle. Also, cats have evolved an exceptional ability to hide signs of illness - a survival instinct that has helped them thrive, but may make it difficult for you to recognize your cat is sick until the disease has reached an advanced stage.

Anywhere between 1 in 100 to 1 in 500 cats develops diabetes,1 and according to experts, those numbers are expected to increase. Diabetes has been diagnosed in cats of all ages, both sexes (intact and neutered), and all breeds. It more frequently affects older cats, especially neutered males.

Experts believe feline diabetes results from several different factors. Key risk factors for diabetes in cats include:

  • Genetic tendencies (predisposition)
  • Other insulin-resistant disorders or conditions, such as chronic pancreatitis
    or hyperthyroidism
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Indoor lifestyle

If you feel your cat is at risk for developing diabetes, consider having your pet tested once a year during a regular examination.

Canine diabetes is quite common—anywhere between 1 in 100 to 1 in 500 dogs develops diabetes,1 and those numbers are expected to increase.Any dog could develop diabetes, but certain breeds are more likely to develop the condition. These breeds appear to be at greater risk for developing canine diabetes:

  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Dachshunds
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • German Shepherds
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Pomeranians
  • Terriers
  • Toy Poodles

Diabetes typically occurs when dogs are between 4 to 14 years old. Unspayed (intact) female dogs are twice as likely as male dogs to suffer from diabetes

The good news about diabetes is there are signs you can learn to recognize, if you know what to look for.

Take your pet to the veterinarian if you see any of these signs:

  • Increased thirst and drinking more water than ususal.
  • Urinating more than usual. If you use clumping litter, you may notice more clumps or larger clumps than you normally see in the litter box.
  • Increased apptetit and eating more food than usual.
  • Weight loss, even with increased food intake.
  • Weakness in the back legs. You  may notice your cat's stance is different.

Help - and hope - for pets with Diabetes

Finding out your pet has diabetes may seem overwheling, but you're not alone. To help you learn to manage the special care your pet will need your veterinarian may:

  • Prescribe an insulin
  • Show you how to inject insulin
  • Recommend exercise or a special food
  • Help you plan a home care routine
  • Schedule regular checkups for your pet

With the right care, a diabetic pet can live a long and happy life!

Find out if your pet is at risk for diabetes by taking this quiz:  http://www.petdiabetesmonth.com/survey-page.asp

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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.

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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