Just last week I shared with you, the frustration and expense of a client who’d lost 20 fish in the space of 3 weeks (see link). In monetary terms, this equated to $4500 worth of fish. For them it was not the money they were primarily concerned about. They simply named the dollar value to put things into something that the majority of non-fish keepers could relate to. To get The Fish Vet out to examine and treat their fish properly would have saved them the loss of so much. They were very unhappy they weren’t referred to The Fish Vet sooner.
This week, I share another story from an unhappy client…
"I wish I had known sooner there was such thing as a fish vet as I wouldn’t have wasted hundreds on pet shop meds when I’m not even 100% sure of the cause. After reading on your site i have realised we knew nothing and have done everything wrong and against what you say to do, so we feel slightly like idiots.
But I guess you live and learn… I just wish I knew there was such a thing as a fish vet others wise wouldn’t have spent $400 just on medicines when I don’t even know what im treating for. Grrr. Very angry with ourself to know we could have now made them worse because we went to Google instead of a fish vet. But that’s life unfortunately."
This is all too common. I’m not saying that every case needs a fish vet, however, they ought to be aware that we are also here to help.
I’d like to see that every package of fish medicine available at fish/pet shops would state, "If clinical signs persists, please see you fish vet."
I hope that you’ll take the time to LIKE & SHARE this message on your social media platforms. Let’s help other fish keepers know that we have fish vets around. And if we have more demand for fish vets, there’ll be more fish vets around to service all your needs.
Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPh (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA (Perth, Melbourne & Townsville).
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
President WAVMA 2014
Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University