By: Dr. Gary Hoover, DVM
Fairgrounds Animal Hospital
Did you know? Fishkeeping is the second most common hobby in the United States.
Fish are a very popular pet!! Fishkeeping is the second most common hobby in the United States, behind gardening. Millions of American homes have aquariums large and small, from tiny “goldfish” bowls to massive coral reef tanks. Ponds are very common, too, with large backyard landscapes including a water feature and beautiful koi. All of these animals can become part of the family just like our dogs and cats, and, just like our dogs and cats, sometimes they can get sick. Veterinary care is often overlooked, but just ask the catfish producers in the Mississippi Delta or the salmon farmers in the Pacific northwest – veterinarians are important friends to have to keep your fish healthy! Pond and aquarium fish will require different care and treatments than food, but both can and should be seen by veterinarians when they get sick.