Your Goldfish is NOT Constipated

Your Goldfish is NOT Constipated

What is "constipation?" It is the inability to pass fecal material usually due to dehydration or lack of fiber in the diet. Well, goldfish are physiologically built to never be constipated. Imagine, if you will, a goldfish swimming in their tank. Remember, goldfish are freshwater fish. Now, the next part might require you to pull [...]

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Top Surgery Cases

Read along with us as we share our exceptional surgery cases! Lemon Lemon is a ranchu goldfish who was adopted with a slight oral deformity. Once day, when going after a large pellet, one side of her mouth luxated and obstructed her oral cavity. Dr. Sanders was able to correct the injury with a few [...]

Swim Bladder Disease

Other than constipated goldfish, "swim bladder disease" is a very common home diagnosis. Or the more common vernacular, "My fish has swim bladder." Well, all fish have swim bladders, so that fact is correct, but it is not a disease. "Swim bladder disease" is most common in goldfish and koi, with a high percentage in [...]

Top 10 Mistakes All New Fish Owners Make

Top 10 Mistakes All New Fish Owners Make

Keeping fish couldn't be simpler! Get tank, add water and then add fish, right? Well, I'm sorry to say it just isn't that easy. Here are the 10 top mistakes that all new fish owners make. Not learning about fish prior to getting them. You wouldn't get a dog or a cat without some prior [...]

Preventing Disease in Fish Tanks and Ponds

Preventing Disease in Fish Tanks and Ponds

Everyone always wants to know how to keep their fish system from becoming infested with some horrible disease that puts all their fish at risk. Well, it's a lot simpler than you think! Quarantine. Quarantine. Quarantine. This includes plants and ALL NEW FISH. The stress of handling and transport is enough to make even the [...]

Fish X-Rays

Fish X-Rays

A few months ago, we first met Huxley and Darwin. They are both moor goldfish with big, bulging eyes and short, stubby bodies. Huxley is red and Darwin is black. When they first presented, Darwin had a growth on his dorsal fin and Huxley was on his belly at the bottom of the tank. A [...]

Fancy Goldfish Float Backpack

Fancy Goldfish Float Backpack

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 [...]

Goldfish Oral Reconstructive Surgery

Goldfish Oral Reconstructive Surgery

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 [...]

Fish of the Week: Fan-Tailed Goldfish

Sorry it's been so long fish fans! After battling illness and new paddling sports, it's time to get back to the fish. This post is dedicated to one of my patients who is indeed, a fan-tailed goldfish! These are another variety of "fancy" goldfish, like our Oranda a few weeks ago. Fan-tailed goldfish are distinguished [...]

Fish of the Week: Oranda

Sorry to keep you waiting fish folks! Had a busy morning doing health checks for one client yesterday (20 fish for skin/gill biopsies and blood samples for KHV = 4 hours of fishy fun!). This week, in honor of last Saturday's surgery, we are tackling one of the fancy goldfish members, the oranda! If you [...]