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Keeping Your Pet Fish Healthy -- With Some Help from Our Veterinarians

fish swimming happily in a fishbowl in Yarmouth, ME

Fish make the perfect pets for people who love the calming effect they convey and/or can't easily care for larger or more active animals. But while keep a dog or cat healthy might seem relatively straightforward, you may not know how to take proper care of your first "family" of fish. Fortunately, our veterinarians at Yarmouth Veterinary Center can provide the necessary advice, wellness checks and treatment as needed to help you keep your little undersea kingdom thriving. 

A big part of proper fish care is setting up the right environment. You want clear, clean water that has the proper pH for your particular species. Most fish can handle a relatively neutral pH of 6.5 to 7.5, but cichlids prefer a more alkaline environment while tetras do better in a more acidic one. It's critical that ask your pet store about the preferred pH for your fish. When adding gravel to your aquarium, wash it off before you drop it in; this will get your aquarium off to a clearer, cleaner start.

Different fish have different dietary needs as well. Omnivores and herbivores can get their nutrition from standard pet-store fish flakes, but carnivores need to be fed on bloodworms, brine shrimp or other tiny creatures. Last but not least, make sure you stock your aquarium with compatible fish. Goldfish, for example, are peaceful and sociable, but cichlids can be territorial and aggressive to other species.

Fish can get sick just like any other animals, and external symptoms can help our veterinarians identify the problem. Fish diseases can have both physical and emotional components -- for instance, a fish who is constantly bullied may be more vulnerable to the bacteria that cause fin, mouth and tail rot. Little white spots may indicate a condition called "fish ick," commonly caused by too-rapid changes in water temperature or pH. Our animal clinic can diagnose these conditions as well as other diseases such as hemorrhagic septicemia, fungal infections, lice and flukes. Once we understand the nature of the problem, we can prescribe the appropriate treatment, which may include antibiotics, antifungals, manual parasite removal, and water changes.

Fish Care for Yarmouth, Cumberland, Brunswick, Portland, Falmouth, Freeport and Pownal

Our veterinarians examine and treat pet fish for owners in Cumberland, Brunswick, Portland, Falmouth, Freeport and Pownal. But before bringing your fish in to our animal clinic, make sure you capture a sample of the same water the fish has been living in. We can analyze the water's pH, ammonia level, nitrate level and other critical factors. Since water quality plays such a huge role in fish health and wellness, this sample may tell us a great deal about what's wrong with your pet and how we can correct it.

Call Yarmouth Veterinary Center at (207) 846-6515 for a consultation with our veterinarians. We can help your beloved fish get back in the swim of things!

I know the human being and fish can co-exist peacefully.  -  George W. Bush

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