Taking a fish to the veterinarian
Advise clients over the phone that:
· Some fish continue to eat right up to the point of death. Eating does not necessarily mean the fish is healthy.
· Most conditions cannot be diagnosed over the phone. As fish hide the signs of disease, further diagnostic tests may be needed at the time of consultation to establish a diagnosis.
Advise clients coming to the vet to bring:
· The fish in some of its tank water and bring a second equal amount of the tank water for water quality testing and for recovery of the fish if sedation is required.
· The fish in a container/bag that should have enough water for the fish to swim upright and also contains an airspace and/or have enriched oxygen in the water.
· When applicable, a dying fish to sacrifice for post-mortem examination prior to its death to check for diseases in the other remaining fish.
· Samples of all the fish’s food.
· Some fresh faeces from their other fish.
Advise the client to bring details of:
· Water volume, temperature and frequency of cleaning.
· Pumps and filters in the tank.
· Water quality tests performed.
· Fish species, size, numbers and quarantine procedures.
· Food type, amount fed and storage.
· Medications used and frequency.
· History of new plants, rocks and fish in the tank.
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