At Molesey Vets we’re more than happy to see your fish at our veterinary surgery. We provide a variety of fish veterinary services including, consultations and health checks, as well as advice on husbandry and quarantining. A fish vet on our expert team can help you with any questions regarding all aspects of caring for your fish. This includes your consultations and the diagnosing and treatment of any problems.
At Molesey Vets, we have a range of fee schedules and booking availabilities depending on your fish and it’s own situation.
Please call our regular telephone number: 0208 979 1384 during office hours and speak to one of our dedicated receptionists who will be able to book you the most suitable consultation appointment.
As always, please inform our receptionists how many fish you will be bringing. Each fish will need to be have their own consultation, as this gives the vet time to properly examine each fish and discuss its problems.
Here is a guideline to the different types of consultations we normally provide:
Once you have made the appointment please make sure that you, or whoever is bringing in the pet, has all the information as follow
Please note that to sign a consent form (for example for an operation or if you pet needs to be admitted into hospital) legally it must be someone over the age of 18 years old to sign.
We require payment for the services provided immediately after a consultation. If your pet does unfortunately need to be admitted to hospital or for surgery you will be required to pay a deposit. To try and make it more convenient for you we do accept payments by cash, cheque, debit and credit cards.
And don’t forget to collect your Molesey Card – our free loyalty card which gives you 1% back on everything you spend with us! The card is free to all clients, and we even give you 500 points (=£5) to get you started! The reception staff can give you more details when you next visit the surgery.
We always recommend bringing your fish in for regular health checks in order to identify and treat conditions early.
Your vet will need to examine both your fish AND the water in the aquarium/pond.
It is important that your fish is brought in a suitable container with an adequate volume of water. As a general rule of thumb, approximately 1 Litre of water per cm length of fish. You also need to address aeration; this can be provided by a powerhead/airstone and (dependent on the species) temperature control.
We would recommend bringing in extra tank water so they can be transported home in a clean water source.
Please bring in one or more of the diseased population of the tank. If any of your fish have died within the last 24 hours, please keep them refrigerated in water (do not freeze) and bring them in too. Your vet will be able to gather more information by performing a post mortem which may well yield information that could save the remaining individuals.
Please bring a separate 500ml sample of the current tank water. If you have the ability to measure tank water temperature and oxygen saturation at home this will help the vet tremendously.
We will use the sample you provide to analyse water quality by testing for ammonia, nitrite and pH levels.
We have facilities to measure oxygen saturation and temperature but these values change very rapidly and may not be representative of conditions at home.
Your vet will ask you a series of questions related to your fish, including:
We will examine the fish looking for colour changes, behaviour changes, and other signs of sickness.
Further testing may be required including taking tissue samples or using x-ray or ultrasound imaging.
In some cases sedation is required to facilitate these diagnostic tests and your fish may need to stay in the hospital for the day.
Fish as a species have a wide range of dietary requirements. Some species can be herbivorous (plant eating), carnivorous (meat eating), insectivorous (insect eating) or omnivorous (will eat plants, meat and insect matter). This means it’s very important to know the species of your fish.
Most freshwater aquarium fish stock a wide range of high quality flakes or pellets. Take note of whether your fish species is surface or bottom feeding (flakes float!). Dry foods DO expire. Try and use them up within 3 months of purchase otherwise their nutritional quality deteriorates fairly rapidly.
You can supplement their dry foods with other food items such as live or frozen products (for example brine shrimp, microworms, water fleas and krill).
You can feed carnivorous fish live food but the food source can often transmit diseases. Frozen items are safer but are often loose their nutritional levels due to the freezing process. Some diseases can also survive the freezing process.
Avoid overfeeding as uneaten food material can severely affect water quality extremely quickly. The frequency of feeding depends on the species of fish you have. Both herbivorous fish and those that are growing need regular feeding. At each feed, only offer amounts that can be consumed within a 15-20 minute period. Remove any uneaten food material using a fine net. As a rough guide 1-2 times per day with 1 day per week of no feeding is a good rule of thumb.
Husbandry care for fish is basically the aquarium set-up and includes:
Quarantine is usually the best time for the vet to examine your new pet fish.
If you already own fish, then it is a good idea to keep your new purchases in an already established quarantine tank. This allows you to monitor them for signs of sickness and disease, thus minimizing the chances of spreading any disease to your existing population.
A quarantine tank will have a similar set up to your normal – it should be large, fitted with an appropriately sized filter and with appropriate heating. We usually recommend not using substrate as this makes the tank easier to monitor and keep clean. Sand and gravel are the perfect place for diseases and bacteria to collect, so are best avoided.
We usually recommend a 2-week quarantine period, after which the new fish can be carefully introduced to the existing population.
Please contact your vet to discuss specific quarantine procedures.
You can download our PDF documents for more information.
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