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Wellness Info

Post-Purchase Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis, CBC (Complete Blood Count)

6-Month Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis

Annual Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis, CBC/Chemistries

Senior Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis, CBC/Chemistries, Radiographs, Ultrasound

Do fish get sick?

Of course they do, just like any other pet! Common diseases include infectious (bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral), environment-related (trauma, poor water quality, poisoning), nutritional deficiencies, genetic-associated and tumors.

How do I know if my fish is sick?

● Unusual swimming pattern or abnormal buoyancy/flotation
● Poor appetite, low activity level, sitting at the bottom of tank
● Rapid operculation (“breathing”)
● Swollen coelomic cavity (“abdomen”)
● Discolored or damaged skin/fins
● Scratching against surfaces or “flashing”
● Lump or bump on skin
● Cloudy eyes

Please do not try OTC medications prior to us seeing your fish since this will only make your fish suffer longer and will interfere with getting a proper diagnosis.

What can I do to help a sick fish?

​First call us to make an appointment!

Please make sure that you have your aquarium’s water tested prior to your appointment since the vast majority of illnesses are due to poor water quality.

We offer

● Physical examination
● Blood tests
● Digital radiography/ ultrasonography/ computerized tomography (CT) scan
● Hospitalization
● Surgery
● Necropsy

CT of koi fish

CT of koi with swim bladder disease.

How to safely transport your fish

Before the transport, please make sure that Exotic Vet Care is ready to receive your fish.

Always transport in the same water that it has been kept at home. It is important to bring along an additional bucket or a sealed bag of that water.

● For small fish (< 10 inches), transport in a 2 gallon bucket with a lid or cover.
● Larger fish (> 10 inches) or groups of small fish can be placed in double layered plastic bags, 2/3 filled with water closed individually with thick rubber bands. Remember to bring extra water!
​● You can also use a large cooler (~25 gallons) for transporting large koi.
● The bigger the container, the better. Having a larger water volume will help with increased oxygen availability and lowers the ammonia levels.
● A car adapter or battery-powered air pump should be used.

Emergencies

If your aquatic pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms described below, contact us immediately at 843-216-8387.

Rapid respiration, thick slime coating on body, red or white blotches on skin, listlessness, rubbing frantically against bottom of tank, loss of equilibrium.

Make sure that the temperature is correct for the particular species and have the water tested at a qualified aquarium store. It is important that we examine your pet as soon as possible to correct the underlying condition.

Services

Wellness Exams, Boarding, Microchipping, Diagnostics

Boarding

In order for your pet to board with us we require an exam within the last year with a clean bill of health. A fecal test with no parasites seen is also required. Your pet can have no changes in health since the last examination. If your pet’s examination was done by a different veterinarian, it needs to have been within the last six months and your pet’s complete record needs to be sent to our facility several days before boarding so we can evaluate the record to ensure all testing was done to our standards.

Common Diseases/Conditions

Inappetence, Parasites, Skin Issues

Choosing a Pet

TYPE PROS CONS

Frog / Toad

Many different types, some of which are very beautiful Eat live prey, including insects and fish, require attentive care, generally do not enjoy handling
FYI: Absorb everything through their skin, can be very sensitive

Tarantula

Quiet, easy to maintain Shed hairs can cause a painful but temporary rash, generally do not enjoy being handled, eat live insect prey
FYI: A spider who has lost a leg may regrow it at the next molt