Fish Health Issues & Disease

Fish Rescue Guide

Not all fish start out with the best life. We have received several requests to assist with fish “rescue” jobs and owners unsure what to do with their new pets. Often taken in under less than ideal circumstances, what can do you do to make your new fish feel at home? Quarantine No matter where …

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Do Fish Get Cancer?

fish with cancer

Unfortunately, fish are not immune from cancerous growths. And sharks, being fish, are included in this group. Like tumors in all other species, some are treatable, while others are not. Here are some of the most common cancers we seen in our daily practice. Goldfish Infiltrative Papilloma-Like Warts These “warts” are a type of benign …

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"Why can't you diagnose and treat my fish over the phone, email, social media, etc?"

I mean, if people over the internet can do it, why can’t veterinarians? Sorry to say, but being a state licensed veterinarian requires all patients have a valid VCPR, which is mandated by state veterinary practice laws. These laws may vary slightly by state, but for an example, here is what is laid out by …

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Carp Pox in Koi

A cousin of Koi Herpes Virus, Carp Pox in koi is also a herpes virus (Cyprinid herpesvirus-1). It is a fairly common disease for our office to see and this time of year, in colder water, you may be seeing more clinical signs than usual. How do fish get Carp Pox? Like any infectious disease, …

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Fungal Disease in Fish

An aquatic environment is an ideal growth environment for many fungi, especially water molds such as Saprolegnia. Unless your fish’s immune system is compromised, you won’t have any reason to worry about fungal infections. Fungal Species There are thousands of potential species of fungus lurking in your aquarium or pond. Aquatic environments are ideal for …

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Fish Ulcers

One of the most common owner concerns we get calls about are “ulcers” on their fish? What is an “ulcer,” how do they come about and how do you fix them? What is an “ulcer?” Most commonly, fish get skin ulcers. This is an open wound in the skin of a fish that may expose …

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Stress in Fish

Fish respond to a “stressful event” the same way as all other animals, humans included. What defines a “stressful event” may differ, but the behavioral and biological changes are the same. The Stress Response With any stressor, a fish’s body will react in the following: Primary Response – seconds to hours after event Increased corticosteroid …

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