Wellness and Advanced Veterinary Care & Services for Fish & Invertebrates
Fish are one of the most popular companion pets in the United States. They are ideal for individuals who desire pets that are generally easier and less expensive to care for, quiet, and require minimal space. Unfortunately, fish are often the least likely pet to be seen by veterinarians. This is partially due to pet owners not seeking care, and is partially a result of many veterinarians being unable to offer adequate professional care.
In order to treat fish, we utilize many of the same methodologies and tools that are used in treating animals ranging from dogs and cats to reptiles and amphibians. We begin with a complete history, followed by observation and a physical examination under sedation, if necessary. Depending upon our findings, we will then perform any necessary sample collections and diagnostics, and determine a treatment plan.
Whether you have an everyday goldfish or a tank of exotic angelfish, professional veterinary care coupled with good at-home care is key to your pet’s health. In many instances, improper water quality is the culprit behind illnesses and diseases in fish. With professional guidance and check-ups, problems can often be avoided.
Living Conditions & Compatibility
The size and weight of your fish tank or aquarium should be dependent upon the species of fish you have, as well as the number of fish it can suitably hold. We recommend that fish be kept in tanks as large as possible, in order to preserve water stability and to promote the safest environment possible.
Before selecting fish species to live together, it is important that factors like water chemistry, temperature, behavior, and swimming levels be carefully taken into consideration.
Marine vs. Freshwater Fish
When choosing between marine and freshwater aquariums, it is important to carefully consider the level of care and expenses that will be required on an ongoing basis. While freshwater fish are generally more adaptive to a variety of living and water conditions, marine fish typically require more regulated living conditions and are much more expensive to purchase and care for than their freshwater counterparts.
Veterinary Services We Offer for Fish and Invertebrates
- Behavior Consultation
- Boarding and Quarantine
- Cancer Treatment
- Emergency/Critical Care
- End of Life Care
- Eye Care
- In-House Laboratory
- Internal Medicine
- Pain Management
- Senior Pet Care
* = Requires advanced approval by Dr. Harrenstien
= Offered off-site in collaboration with another practitioner
= Offered on-site on a consultant basis