Heidi Kos-Barber, DVM

Heidi Kos-Barber, DVM

Veterinarian

Educations & Trainings

  • Washington State University DVM Program 2001-2005
  • Washington State University Animal Sciences 1998-2002
  • Sound Abdominal Ultrasound Training (Basic and Intermediate Courses)

Professional Memberships

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • American Animal Hospital Association (AHAA)

Dr. Heidi Kos-Barber

I am a small animal general practitioner in western Washington. The clinic I have worked at for the past 14 years sees a variety of surgical and medical patients. I am particularly fond of internal medicine cases and also have a strong interest in ultrasonography. I am fortunate to work with a great team of veterinarians and support staff that strive to work well as a team and we attend regular leadership skill building workshops.  

My husband is also a veterinarian and has worked with me for the last 14 years. We have twin girls that share our love and respect for animals and also our desire to help others (humans and animals) in need.

Recent Articles

Calicivirus in Cats
Calicivirus in Cats
What Is Calicivirus in Cats?Feline calicivirus (FCV) is a viral pathogen that causes upper respiratory tract infection in cats. Infection most commonly resembles a cold, but severe infections involving the lungs, joints, and/or other organs can occur.  The virus is most commonly found in facilities that house multiple cats, such as rescues, shelters, or breeding facilities. Yet it can spread...
Abscesses in Dogs
Abscesses in Dogs
What are Abscesses in Dogs?An abscess is a pocket of inflammation that typically has a “wall” of tissue surrounding it. The center is filled with either thick liquid or solid material consisting of white blood cells, dead tissue, and sometimes bacteria.   There are four common locations for abscesses in dogs.  Teeth: In a dental abscess, there is infection involving the...
Dog Teeth Chattering: What You Need to Know
When you think of teeth chattering, you might picture someone who is cold or really nervous. But what about teeth chattering in dogs? If your dog’s teeth or jaws are chattering, are they just really cold or nervous, or is there something else going on that you should have checked out? Here’s what you need to know about the causes of dog teeth chattering and what you should do about it. Why...
Can You Be Allergic to Dog Saliva?
Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to seemingly harmless substances in the environment. People can be allergic to a wide range of things, but some of the more common allergens come from dogs and cats, including their dander. But is saliva on that list? If your skin ever started itching or you developed a rash after getting licked by a dog, you might wonder if you could be allergic...
Dislocated Shoulder in Dogs
Dislocated Shoulder in Dogs
What Is a Dislocated Shoulder in Dogs?Dog shoulder dislocation (luxation of the shoulder) happens when the upper bone in a dog’s front leg (just above the elbow) is knocked out of its normal position in relation to their shoulder blade. The shoulder joint can be partially out of place (subluxated) or completely out of place (luxated). Symptoms of a Dislocated Shoulder in DogsThe most common...
Lungworms in Dogs
Lungworms in Dogs
What Are Lungworms in Dogs?Lungworms in dogs consist of multiple species of worm parasites that can infect the airways and lung tissue of domestic and wild dogs. Species of lungworms in dogs include roundworm (nematode) and fluke (trematode).  Roundworms are not specific to any geographical location, whereas the fluke lungworms are more common in some environments.  For example, the lung fluke...