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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.

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.

Appointments

  • 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.

Hours

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 8:00 AM to 5:00PM 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.

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 $200. 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!

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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