Preventative Medicine in Fish

What is "preventative medicine?" Essentially, all it means is going to the doctor before you are sick in order to catch disease early. The earlier a disease can be caught, the easier it is to manage. This is why you get your yearly physical, routine bloodwork and colonoscopy. The same is true for your pets. [...]

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Fish Metabolism & Temperature

Why do we have to wait on surgery and other treatments until the water warms up? Well, it's one of the unusual things about aquatic veterinary medicine: our patients cannot regulate their internal body temperature. Known as "ectotherms," or "cold-blooded," fish along with amphibians and invertebrates are unable to create and store internal metabolic heat. [...]

How to Store Fish Food

It may sound simple, but proper storage of your fishes’ food will allow it to retain the most nutrition for the longest period of time. However, with any fish food, you must replace it after 6 months due to the loss of water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C. To be honest, I’ve never seen a [...]

When Do You Need a Fish Vet?

When Do You Need a Fish Vet?

For any pet that is sick, you may be questioning if they are sick enough to warrant a trip to/from the vet. Aquatic or not, there is not always a clear line that indicates 'take to vet now!' And you know what? Your fish might NOT need a veterinarian. Here are some of the things [...]

Top 5 Most Common Problems with Koi Ponds

Koi make up the majority of our veterinary practice, and in seeing so many cases, some common themes occur. Don't make the same mistakes with your fish! Not Checking Your Fish Daily - We know in the winter, when metabolisms are quiet, your fish are not very entertaining. However, even in the slower, winter months, [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #6

The #6 Mistake - Not Storing Fish Food Properly What is the best way to store any pet food? Rather than roll up the bag and toss it in the corner, all pet food should be kept in an airtight, opaque storage container in cooler temperatures of a pantry or closet. And fish food is [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #7

The #7 Mistake - Feeding Your Fish Too Much One of the more common "healthy" pet issues we see in all of veterinary medicine is obesity, and fish are no exception. They may have better control than your golden retriever, but overfeeding your fish can have more severe consequences than just rounder fish. Unfortunately, there [...]

The Green Pea Myth

Constipated goldfish is the most widely over diagnosed case on the internet. There is not ONE peer-reviewed published paper about goldfish constipation and its treatments. Most commonly, goldfish "constipation" is misdiagnosed as a cure all for a sick fish. And in comes the main treatment... shelled green peas! What is it about these tiny green [...]

What do I feed my fish?

If you own any pets, I guarantee you have fallen victim to pet food marketing. It happens to all of us, even veterinarians, causing us to question the education we received on just this topic. "Grain free," "gluten free," "all natural," "organic" and other buzzwords are dropped at lightning speed to confuse the consumer into [...]