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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.

Slug Bait

Caution!  It is slug bait season! Unfortunately we see slug bait poisoned pets every spring at KAC.

Most snail and slug poisons contain a compound called metaldehyde, which is extremely poisonous to cats and dogs. Metaldehyde kills snails and slugs by causing them to dehydrate. It can also kill dogs and cats.When the bait is eaten by a cat or dog, the nervous system is affected causing uncontrollable muscle tremors which  dangerously increase body temperature and lead to muscle cell death. It can also lead to kidney failure. Many of these poison baits are flavored with molasses to attract snails and slugs, and cats and (especially) dogs are often attracted to them and eat them when given the chance. Any pet that has eaten a metaldehyde-based slug and snail poison should be brought for immediate veterinary evaluation, as time is truly of the essence when dealing with these poisonings. A "wait and see" approach is dangerous as prognosis worsens as time passes. Remember...even if you don't use metaldehyde slug bait...your neighbors may...

If your garden is plagued with snails and slugs...

If you feel you must use a poison, chose the pet SAFER baits which contain iron-phosphate. They have been shown to be as effective at killing snails and slugs. They can still be dangerous to pets if eaten - it just takes quite a bit more to cause problems, and the problems they cause aren't as dangerous as those caused by metaldehyde.

Safer ways to keep slugs or snails out, or get rid of them include:

  • Surround your plants with a layer of broken shells, diatomaceous earth, lava rock or another "rough" material to deter slugs and snails.
  • Place thin copper bands around your plants to discourage slugs and snails in your garden.
  • Or place tuna cans filled with beer in your garden. The snails and slugs will be attracted to the beer, will fall into the cans and drown. Be careful to keep pets and children away from the beer!
  • Pictures and information from Preventive Vet

Happy Easter!!

Enjoy this holiday by keeping your pets safe from the dangers that can accompany this season.  These are the potential threats to be careful of:


Easter Lilies

  Although a beautiful symbol of the Easter season, all parts of this plant are very toxic to CATS (not dogs or humans!). Even just a few  petals or leaves, or a small amount of pollen ingested while your cat is grooming can cause fatal kidney failure. Symptoms usually start within 6-12 hours of exposure, and can be vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy and dehydration. As kidney failure develops, the cat may become disoriented  and begin staggering. Time is critical with lily exposure, and if you see your cat eating or licking an Easter lily, call immediately!


Easter Grass

This is the fake plastic grass that often is found in Easter baskets, and although it can be deadly to both dogs and cats, CATS are most often the pet to play with and eat this grass.  The problem occurs when this string catches around the base of the cat's tongue, and creates what is known as a linear foreign body.  It causes  the cat to vomit, have a poor appetite, and be lethargic. Easter grass can cause damage to the cat's gastrointestinal system, and it requires expensive abdominal surgery to remove.


Chocolate Toxicity

Easter chocolate can be poisonous to dogs!  Chocolate contains methylxanthine (a relative of caffeine) and this can cause vomiting and diarrhea, heart arrhythmias, seizures, and even death with dogs who have eaten it.  In general, the darker and more bitter the chocolate,the higher the methylxanthine content and  the more dangerous it is for the dog. Because the toxicity level depends on the type of chocolate and the size of your dog, a chocolate calculator is useful to calculate risk. If your dog gets into the Easter chocolate please call us!

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Enjoy a Happy and SAFE Easter with your pets!
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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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