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Your Goldfish is NOT Constipated BY: JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

What is “constipation?” It is the inability to pass fecal material usually due to dehydration or lack of fiber in the diet. Thankfully, goldfish are physiologically built to never be constipated.

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Quarantine for Aquatic Plants BY: JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Did you know that your new aquatic plants may be harboring bacteria and parasites that could hurt your fish? Learn how to combat this and keep your fish safe and healthy!

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DO MY FISH NEED A LIGHT? BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Fish respond to the same circadian rhythms as most other life on earth. 

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DO FISH GET CANCER? BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Unfortunately, fish are not immune from cancerous growths.

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Fish Stunting by Jessie Sanders, DVM, CertAqV

Many people will say that some fish, goldfish in particular, will “grow to the size of their container.”

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HOW TO BE A BETTER FISH PARENT BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

“What can I do to set my fish up for a long, healthy life?” We hear this question a lot and there are a few simple things all pet fish owners can do to improve their fishes’ quality of life.

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HOW TO SETUP A HOSPITAL/QUARANTINE TANK

Any good fish owner will have a quarantine or hospital tank at the ready for any new or sick fish. Remember, proper quarantine procedures will save you time, money and LIVES. If you think you don’t need a tank, keep this list with you just in case the time ever comes.

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THE AQUATIC VETERINARIAN Journal of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association

 Journal of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association Second Quarter 2020

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Q&A document relating to the WAVMA Web-CEPD Webinar Skin Deep: Microscopic Anatomy of Finfish Integument presented by Dr Diane Elliott

11 questions answered along with references

Skin Deep: Microscopic Anatomy of Finfish Integment by Dr Diane Elliot, Q&A document based on questions asked during the live webinar including adfditional references

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WHAT DO I FEED MY KOI? BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Instead of the standard, “we tell you to buy this food,” we’re going to give you the tools to take ANY bag of koi food and decide if it’s “good” or “bad.” And what you think is “good,” may not be the same as what your neighbors think is “good,” and that’s okay!

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WHY FISH BOWLS ARE BAD FOR FISH BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Unfortunately, fish bowls are antiquated technology still for sale on your pet store shelf today. It’s an idealized image handed down from Disney movies in our childhoods. 

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Skin Deep - How deep is your knowledge of fish skin

Latest WAVMA WebCEPD webinar information

Register for the latest WAVMA WebCEPD free webinar to be given by Dr Diane Elliott. Learn more about fish skin.

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GIVE YOUR BETTA A BREAK BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Most fish don’t have to work very hard to swim. Their streamlined bodies and powerful tails allow them effortless propulsion through the water column. But what if your tail is mostly just for show, like a betta?

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WHY DOES MY GOLDFISH FLOAT AFTER EATING? BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Floating goldfish post-eating is a common issue that results in an internet wormhole. Let’s get some facts straight.

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MALE VS. FEMALE FISH by Jessie Sanders, DVM, CertAqV

How can you tell male and female fish apart? Trying to set up a single sex population can help keep spawning practices from hurting your fish, but determining males from females can sometimes be a little tricky.

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NEW POND/TANK SYNDROME BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

When you set up a new fish tank for the first time, there are a few things you can expect to happen. With a brand new filter, your nitrogen cycle has not been established. It will take 4-6 weeks MINIMUM to start cycling your new tank.

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FISH TREATS BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Yes, you can feed your pet fish your love just like your cat or dog. There are many “treats” available on the market for fish and not all are created equal.

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FISH FOR OUTDOOR PONDS BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Thinking about adding a pond to your landscape or investing more in what you already have? If you’re thinking about adding more fish to your pond, we advise you wait until your pond has been eating for a few weeks or late spring. 

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CHLORINE TOXICITY IN FISH BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Chlorine is a cheap and efficient way to treat water and the levels used have no harmful effects on humans or fuzzy pets and animals. However, chlorine is extremely toxic to fish.   

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HOW TO ADD AQUAPONICS TO YOUR FISH SYSTEM BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

Looking to decrease your water changes and grow some delicious veggies for your family to enjoy? Then you need AQUAPONICS!

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HOW TO SAVE A SICK FISH BY JESSIE SANDERS, DVM, CERTAQV

If your fish is presenting any physical or behavioral signs of illness, don’t wait around for them to magically get better! Follow these steps for the best chance to save your fish or call a fish veterinarian before the problem gets worse.

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CEFAS Blog January

Building capacity to identify a shark from its fin or a ray from its gills

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FVS Conference 2020 Agenda

The program for the 2020 Fish Veterinary Society (FVS) Conference is now avaialable

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Applications now open for 2020 Pitts

Applications open for the 2020 Pitts Education Awards

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First meeting of the new WAVMA Executive Board

First meeting of the new 2020 WAVMA Executive Board was held today. A brief summary of the topics discussed is provided

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