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Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 18th 2014, 11:24 PM

My goldfish Squishy has a white lump on his body :/ He's about a year old. I did try to take a photo but the lighting was really bad and you can't really see it. I said to my mum that I should take him to the vet but she said the vet probably won't do anything for a goldfish :/

I know he's just a goldfish but I don't want him to be sick :/ Poor little guy. Is it weird to take him to the vet?


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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 18th 2014, 11:42 PM

Hey there!

Sorry to hear about your goldfish. Not many, but some vets do see fish so I suggest calling different vets in your area and asking if they'll see fish. I don't think it's weird at all, honestly, I think it's really sweet that you care this much about Squishy. Many people would feel as it's not worth it because it's just a fish, but you seem to really be dedicated to taking care of your animals no matter how small of a pet and I can really admire that. Fish are unique and wonderful pets as well and they deserve to be treated as such.

Hope Squishy starts doing better! I wish you the best of luck.

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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 18th 2014, 11:50 PM

Hey there,

I believe there are some vets that will see fish (I know there are specialty vets for small animals like guinea pigs). It isn't all vets so this might require you to do some calling around. I don't necessarily think it is weird that you want your fish to be seen I think it just shows how dedicated you are to ensuring your fishes health.

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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 19th 2014, 05:06 AM

Hey there,
I don't have a gold fish, but I have a whole lot of other fish. One of my black sharks, started turning white and stopped swimming properly. I called the vet, I know and he suggested I take him to the place I bought my fish from. So I went to the aquarium shop and he gave me a solution to put in the water and leave my shark in it, alone. It did help and he is fine now.
So, if that is a possibility, you could visit the aquarium shop, form where you bought your goldfish from and see if they can help you out here. Also, there are some vets who treat fish. You could call a vet, you know and ask them if they can do it for you or maybe they could suggest someone else who would be able to help you.

I hope your fish feels better soon. Good luck.


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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 19th 2014, 10:08 AM

Phoned the vets I normally go to for my dogs and they said no, they wouldn't look at him That's a good idea about the pet store! Thanks. I'm just hoping I'll need to put something in his tank and it's not cancer or something :/ He looks fine and he's eating fine, it's just the lump.


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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 19th 2014, 01:28 PM

I would also recommend purchasing some water testing strips. Granted, goldfish are reasonably hearty fish, but maybe something's off with the nitrates, or pH, or hardness of the water. You'd be SURPRISED to see what those little dip strips will show. Once you can diagnose the problem (usually in the water or filtration) then you will save time and be able to accurately target the problem. Similar problems happened with my 10 fish...well...until the tank sprung a hole and I came home to 10 dead fish...rest their little nautical souls.



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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 20th 2014, 01:56 AM

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I would also recommend purchasing some water testing strips. Granted, goldfish are reasonably hearty fish, but maybe something's off with the nitrates, or pH, or hardness of the water. You'd be SURPRISED to see what those little dip strips will show. Once you can diagnose the problem (usually in the water or filtration) then you will save time and be able to accurately target the problem. Similar problems happened with my 10 fish...well...until the tank sprung a hole and I came home to 10 dead fish...rest their little nautical souls.
Not sure with fish but I've been studying for a position at a water treatment plant but pH level shouldn't do this, to my knowledge. If it's the waiter then it's probably a contaminate (possibly bleach or alum?) That was used too heavily to treat the water. Could potentially be caused by your plumbing of you use tap water as old pipes are a major cause of water contamination.


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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 20th 2014, 02:43 AM

No, PH wouldn't cause white spots, but PH can certainly cause other issues.



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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 21st 2014, 03:01 AM

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No, PH wouldn't cause white spots, but PH can certainly cause other issues.
http://thegoldfishtank.com/goldfish-...hite-spot-ich/
Possibly this is the culprit. Not sure how much of a role ph plays here but it seems the disease is adapted to treated water


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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 21st 2014, 01:46 PM

Took him to the shop and the guy actually thinks it's what you just posted ^ He has another white spot thing now. I bought stuff to put in his tank, hopefully he'll be okay now.


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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 22nd 2014, 01:30 AM

I hate to say it, but vets cost a ton (or maybe not in the UK, I dont know). In a cost argument, it would be more cost-effective to get a new fish.
But thats not the point, if you love a pet, the replacement won't be the same. Just keep in mind that some vets don't know how to deal with fish, though, so you might have to search the internet, attempt to diagnose whats wrong yourself and then find something online to treat it. Goldfish really are at a disadvantage when it comes to pet privilege.
   
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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 23rd 2014, 07:43 AM

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Took him to the shop and the guy actually thinks it's what you just posted ^ He has another white spot thing now. I bought stuff to put in his tank, hopefully he'll be okay now.
I'm glad that you got something for him. Let us know how he does! I hope he starts doing better.
   
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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 23rd 2014, 09:56 AM

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Took him to the shop and the guy actually thinks it's what you just posted ^ He has another white spot thing now. I bought stuff to put in his tank, hopefully he'll be okay now.
I am glad you were able to get something to help your goldfish. Let us know how things go.
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Re: Can you take a goldfish to the vets? - December 23rd 2014, 10:33 PM

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