DFW Aquatic Health Services provides full service pond/aquarium veterinary housecall services. Many people are unaware that there are veterinarians that are willing to treat fish. As a matter of fact, many procedures that can be performed on a dog or a cat can also be performed on fish. If you have a fish or another aquatic animal with a health problem in the Dallas area, give us a call.
"Veterinarians Test the Waters of Fish Medicine" from JAVMA
Will Goldie soon be joining Tabby and Fido in your waiting room?
Fish pets are making a splash in the practices of a handful of innovative veterinarians who are expanding their practices to accommodate the growing number of koi pond and aquarium enthusiasts.
The AVMA 2002 Household Pet Survey estimates that there were 49.3 million pet fish in 2001, compared with 10.1 million birds and 61.6 million dogs in the same year. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, of the 63 million U.S. households that included a pet in 2000, more than 12 million included fish; that's about 4.7 million more fish-owning households than in 1990. Sales of ornamental fish raised in the United States alone totaled $68.9 million in 1998, according to the Department of Agriculture.
The fish that have garnered the most attention from veterinarians are koi, decorative and hardy relatives of the carp that can live up to 60 years and range in price from $50 to more than $100,000. According to the USDA's most recent census of aquaculture, there were 115 koi-producing farms in the United States with sales totaling $3.9 million in 1998.
Koi often have great emotional value to their owners as well because they are easily distinguishable as individuals, can be fed by hand, and make eye contact, according to experts.
Veterinarians in the field estimate that there are fewer than 100 veterinarians working with pet fish in the United States, though many veterinarians in the field expect their ranks to grow as pet owners become accustomed to the idea of veterinarians treating fish. There are more than 1,800 AVMA members who practice aquatic animal medicine; however, that number includes individuals who work with food fish operations, marine mammals, or in other sectors of aquatic animal medicine.
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