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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

*STAY AT HOME ORDER has been implemented by Governor Inslee (March 23, 2020). Veterinary Medical care is considered an essential service and we are still open our revised hours. We are following our new social distancing protocol of clients pulling up curbside and letting us know when you arrive. Questions? Please give us a call 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. * As of 3/20 we will be following American Veterinary Medical Association’s  guidelines and will NOT be doing 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 8AM to 6PM 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.

Happy Memorial Day

"In memory of those from the Sky Valley who wore the uniform of our country and have gone to God's arms."

Summer Safety Tips

KINDNESS ANIMAL CLINIC WILL BE CLOSED for Memorial Day.  We will close AT 6 PM on Friday, MAY 22th AND WILL REOPEN AT 8 AM ON TUESDAY, MAY 26th. Please think ahead about any prescriptions or diets you may need before the holiday weekend and let us know as soon as possible!  If your pet experiences an emergency over the long weekend please call Seattle Veterinary Specialists (Totem Lake) at 877-397-9111 or Veterinary Speciality Center (Lynnnwood) at 866-872-5800.

 

Memorial Day is here and the summer has begun! Now’s the time to enjoy some time outdoors with your pets. But make sure your they stay healthy and safe during this season marked by pests and high temperatures. Here are seven ways to safeguard your pets:

1. Cover the basics. Secure an up-to-date tag on your pet’s collar, and make sure to use a leash when you head outdoors. A microchip is always a great way to protect your pet should they stray. Always keep your pet’s vaccinations current.Flea and tick protection is very important this time of year, and we will be happy to help you choose the best and safest products for your pet. Call or stop on in for information, and check out FLea and Tick control on our Services page.

2.  Be wary around water. Not all dogs are natural swimmers, so watch your pooch when you’re near the pool, beach, or lake. On trips to the ocean, make sure your pets don’t drink the salt water—it upsets their stomach, just like yours. And watch those currents; the best paddling dog can struggle against a mean undertow.

3. Keep cool. Schedule walks in the early morning or evening; dog paws hate hot pavement.Touch the pavement with your hand - if it's too hot for you it is too hot for your dog. You can also make dog exercise sessions safe by stopping for drinks of fresh water and finding shady spots for necessary panting breaks. Some pet owners also help prevent overheating with short fur shaves for cats and dogs in the summer.

4. Watch for warning signs. Heat stroke is an issue for pets, too. Be on the lookout for early symptoms: excessive panting and drooling, bright red gums, weakness, and balance problems. As the condition worsens, pets may experience labored breathing, lethargy, and even seizures. You can cool down an overheated pet with cold water or towels and by offering ice chips or small bowls of water.

5. Safely see the sights. Taking your pets for a ride in the car or minivan? Keep dogs’ heads in the car while driving; inner ear damage, lung infections, and eye injuries happen when man’s best friend sticks his head out the window. Buckle up your dog with a harness or seat belt for dogs, or a crate or carrier secured with a seat belt. And never let dogs ride in the back of trucks. A crate in the truck bed keeps dogs from bouncing out in an accident or being hit with debris on the road.

6. Party with prudence. Be wary of what your cats and dogs can get into when you celebrate. Chocolate, raisins, and onions can be bad for dogs and cats, and alcohol is also a no-no. If your pets get anxious or fearful around fireworks or big crowds, keep them away from the sparklers and concerts. Think ahead - if loud noises such as thunder or fireworks frighten your pet, let us know. There are prescription medicines that will help your pet get through the season.

7. Protect against poisons. Keep your animals off areas sprayed with chemicals or insecticides, and always store fertilizers and other poisonous substances out of their reach.

Remember to leave your furry family members at home with plenty of water when the sun is out! Temperatures in the car can become dangerously elevated in a matter of minutes! 

'Tis tick season!

Ticks are an eight legged blood sucking parasite none of us really ever want to see. They exist year round, but are most active in the spring and fall. Pet owners  need to be aware of the potential for their pet to acquire ticks and the possibility of them contracting a serious tick-borne disease.

While the tick itself causes only mild irritation, they carry diseases that can pose a serious threat to pets and humans. Illnesses transmitted by ticks can cause fever, anemia, paralysis, lameness and other symptoms. Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are some of these serious diseases caused by ticks. Already this year there have been numerous cases of Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis reported in King, Pierce and Skagit counties.

Ticks can't jump and don't fall from trees, but transfer onto hosts (you or your pet) when we walk through grass, bushes and brush. They attach to your pet by inserting their mouthparts into their skin.

It is even possible to get an infestation of ticks in your home. Ticks can attach to and feed on humans, and ticks that transmit diseases to pets can transmit many of the same diseases to people. Lyme's disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be very serious in people.

Although it is very difficult to prevent your pet's exposure to ticks, ticks can be KILLED  by the regular use of tick control products! For cats there is a very effective prescription topical solution, and for dogs an oral chew OR a topical - BRAVECTO. Bravecto kills three of the types of ticks we see most commonly in the Pacific Northwest: American dog ticks, brown dog ticks, and black-legged ticks for 12 weeks, as well as lone star ticks for 8 weeks.

Bravecto causes dehydration in ticks, and kills them without engorgement. The active ingredient in Bravecto is Fluralaner, an insect neurotoxin. Deadly for ticks (and fleas!) but safe for pets! 

 

 

 

Making landscape changes in your yard can make the environment less tick friendly

Steps to remove a tick from your pet
  • Pointy Tweezers work best. Because adult ticks that haven't begun to feed (engorge) are about the size of an apple seed, pointy tweezers decrease the chances of tearing the tick during removal.  Ticks change in size and appearance as they engorge.
  • Disinfect the tick-bite area with rubbing alcohol.
  • Place your tweezers as close to the skin as possible. With a pointy tweezer you should be able to grab the tick's head or directly above the head.The best method is to apply a slow, steady, upwards pull in order to avoid breaking the tick.
  • Although tick-borne disease transmission is not possible without the tick's body, leaving body parts attached to your pet may cause an infection.

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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