Behavioral Signs of Disease in Fish

Behavioral Signs of Disease in Fish

Behavioral signs of disease are harder to spot for most fish owners than physical signs of disease. By watching your fishes' behavior consistently, for at least 5-10 minutes per day, you will be able to determine what is normal or abnormal for your fish. Some "fun fish quirks" may actually be a sign of a [...]

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Physical Signs of Disease in Fish

How can you tell if your fish is sick? Here are the physical signs you should keep an eye out for if you owner fish. Behavioral signs of disease will be addressed in the next post. Trauma Most trauma events in fish present as open wounds. The fish above was in an outdoor pond that [...]

Do Fish Get 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 Mario the Goldfish - after receiving cryotherapy [...]

“Why can’t you diagnose and treat my fish over the phone, email, social media, etc?”

“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 [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for Fish Owners

New Year’s Resolutions for Fish Owners

Happy 2020! I'm sure you all have great resolutions for yourself and your family for the new decade, but what about your fish? We invite you to choose any and all of the below recommendations for happier, healthier fish in the new year! Perform ___% water change every ___ week(s) Put it on your calendar [...]

The Biggest Challenge in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

The Biggest Challenge in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

It's no secret that our veterinary medicine niche, aquatics, is minuscule. A rough estimate, gathered from AVMA, AAFV, WAVMA and IAAAM memberships, taking into consideration that two of those groups are international, puts aquatic veterinarians around 0.2% of the total veterinarians in the USA. I am proud to be one of them and one of [...]

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, [...]

Fungal Disease in Fish

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 eventIncreased corticosteroid and [...]