One of the most common questions our veterinary gets asked is, "what does the typical day of the aquatic veterinarian look like?" Even in the traditional small animal practice, cases and patients vary daily, but for a traveling all-fish veterinarian, the variety increases exponentially. Our chief veterinarian's day varies widely, taking into account different species, [...]
One of the most common questions we get asked is how do fish undergo surgery? Yes, even surgical treatment is available to fish. It can be a simple lump removal all the way through to a full open abdomen procedure. It is simply amazing how well a fish improve from a simple corrective surgery. Are [...]
Ever watched some videos about how to do fish surgery online? Looks easy, right? Well, we've decided to write up a step-by-step guide for you do-it-yourselfers who want to try their hand at fish surgery. No veterinary degree required! Ready? Set. GO! Step 1: Call a veterinarian. There are plenty who specialize in fish, check [...]
In every veterinarian's career, there will come cases that try us mentally, physically and emotionally. For us here at Aquatic Veterinary Services, we have been tested by a case that we battled for almost 6 months. What started as a simple lesion steamrolled into a serious bacteria problem for multiple large koi. Princess, a 28" [...]
Meet Rocky... As you can plainly see, Rocky has been a naughty little catfish and decided to eat something he wasn't supposed to. In this case, the rocky substrate on the bottom of his tank. The only way to get them out? Open our shovelnose catfish friend up and take them out surgically. Here we [...]
Some fancy goldfish can lead long, healthy, normal lives. Others, like their over-bred cat and dog compatriots, can develop genetic disorders that have no ideal treatment. Meet our little buddy, Rusty (top): Back when he was little, he had no issues. Swimming and eating normally, being a happy little fish with his tankmates, Cupcake (bottom [...]
For those of you who missed our post this weekend, our little goldfish friend, Lemon, who underwent oral surgery two weeks ago to fish a semi-prolapsed mouth, got her stitches out this Saturday. Here she is: Congratulations to Lemon, her family and the veterinary staff at Aquatic Veterinary Services!
For those of you who have seen pictures of our little buddy, Lemon, here is some more about his story: Lemon was rescued by his current owners from a poorly maintained system that was overcrowded with fancy goldfish. He has always had a slight malformation of his mouth. Since he has grown bigger, his mouth [...]