What is a “Certified Aquatic Veterinarian?”

What is a “Certified Aquatic Veterinarian?”

You may have noticed a few extra letters after our chief veterinarian's name: Jessie Sanders, DVM, CertAqV The "DVM" stands for "Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine" and applies to all veterinarians. (Unless you went to Penn and then you have VMD after your name.) But what does the "CertAqV" stand for? "CertAqV" is short for "Certified [...]

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Best Websites for Pet Fish Help

Best Websites for Pet Fish Help

The Spruce Pets This newer website puts a priority on good fish health. They have many veterinarian-approved articles and are increasing their topics daily. Including both saltwater and freshwater aquariums, beginner to advanced fish keepers can find something new to learn. Recommended Articles Buying an Aquarium for a Child or Teen57 Great Names for Your [...]

“My fish only cost a few dollars, why does he deserve veterinary care?”

It's a well-known stigma that pet fish don't rank on the same level as cats and dogs. Often considered "disposable," fish are often trial pets for many families. They are thought as "lesser" animals mostly because we cannot relate to them like we can cats and dogs. We can't measure happiness or how fish communicate [...]

Does my fish maintenance company know what they’re doing?

Does my fish maintenance company know what they’re doing?

Many people who own fish tanks or ponds may have a regular cleaning service help with their maintenance. But how do you know a competent service from a dud? Your fish will thank you! Can they name all the components of your system? This is a simple and easy test. Do they know what each [...]

How to Safely Transport Fish

If the occasion comes that you need to move your fish more than a room away, there are many safety issues you need to consider. Most important: your desired destination MUST be ready for your fish! Don't move the fish and then get things ready for them. Physically moving fish must be the absolutely LAST [...]

Pricing

Many people are surprised to find that our services are more than they expected compared to what they pay for a cat or dog appointment. Why is that? General Practice vs. Specialty Practice Our practice manager puts it concisely, “would you go to your GP to get back surgery?” Of course not! Gone are the [...]

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 [...]

Respect Your Betta

There is no fish that lacks respect in the fish kingdom than the amazing betta. Goldfish are a close second, but most people see betta fish as the easiest pet to care for. Just drop it in a vase and poof! Instant fish tank. Our office gets a lot of calls about betta fish. I [...]

How Not To Kill Your First Fish

How Not To Kill Your First Fish

It all starts out the same. Kid X begs for a puppy. Kid Y wants a kitty. You barter a fish to "see how it goes." Tank gets set up, fish gets plunked in, and everything goes swimmingly... for about 2 weeks. Then all hell breaks loose and your fish dies. The tank is tossed [...]

How do you know if a fish is sick?

We've already established that fish get sick, so how can you recognize when something is wrong? Signs of illness can be broken down into two categories: physical and behavioral. Physical These indicators of illness can be very easy to spot. Physical signs of disease include: Changes in colorationBumps/lumpsAsymmetrical body shapeMisshapen finsWoundsUlcersEtc, etc etc Most of [...]