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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

We continue to be open our revised hours and  to follow social distancing protocol by utilizing Pet Only Appointments. We are having clients pulling up curbside and letting us know when you arrive.(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. We continue to follow American Veterinary Medical Association’s  guidelines and will be restricting 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 9AM to 5PM 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.

If you have any questions about our Covid 19 policies, please give us a call at 360-794-8813.

Happy Labor Day...and September!

Although the calendar may consider Labor Day the official end of summer, here in the Pacific Northwest we often enjoy a beautiful, summery September. We gather with friends and families and enjoy games, picnics, and BBQ’s outdoors. As always, our furry family members are included on these holidays! Here are a few tips from Pet Poison Helpline to help keep them safe:

The Backyard:

  • Fire Up The Grill!
    • Fat drippings from the grill, and meats; can contain large amounts of oils that could lead to risk for your dog developing pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Symptoms include: vomiting, diarrhea, and intense abdominal pain. This can be life-threatening if left untreated. Make sure the dogs are not licking up that tasty grease!
    • Charcoal: Not poisonous but very upsetting to the stomach when ingested. Commonly this can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and inappetence. Large pieces could even lead to obstruction. 
    • Hot! It may seem like common sense, however watch out for running dogs to prevent accidental burn injuries.
  • Lounge Time & Relaxation
    • Tiki Torches: These contain petroleum distillates that are very irritating to the skin and the stomach. The greatest danger occurs when the animal vomits and the liquid can slide into the lungs (aspiration). This could immediately cause coughing/wheezing, choking and even sudden death. If left untreated, this could be very dangerous and could cause a chemical pneumonia. If on the skin, wash quickly with a dish soap to prevent further irritation.
    • Bug Sprays: 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 dogs, leading to vomiting, staggering, seizures, and other concerning problems.

Let’s Eat!

  • Bones: Giving your dog any type of bones should be avoided. These can splinter; get lodged in the teeth or throat, and puncture (perforate) the intestinal tract. 
  • Corn on the cob: Another food that is not toxic, but if portions of the cob are swallowed, it can cause an intestinal blockage that could result in surgical removal.
  • Grapes: These can lead to kidney failure. Any number of grapes (and also raisins!) can lead to toxicity concern. Don't allow your dog to eat grapes!
  • Desserts - be careful with those which:
    • Contain chocolate which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, agitation/hyperactivity, a rapid heart beat, tremors, and seizures.
    • Increasingly more common; Xylitol, a natural sugar substitute, is used as a replacement for sugar in many baked goods. Even small pieces of a baked goods containing xylitol can cause a life-threatening drop in the blood glucose (hypoglycemia) and possibly liver failure.

Have a happy and safe Labor Day and September!

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.

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