05-30-2012, 03:36 PM
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Olympia, your point about the large list is a valid one. Fish medicine just like any other field of medicine be it human or animal, is a complicated thing. If it were simple enough to accommodate all of those needs on package labels there would be no need for anyone to go to school for years to learn that stuff. (aquatic veterinary medicine, which requires 8 - 10 yrs of school to obtain a degree, depending on specialty)
While I am grateful that here in the states we have such a wide range of availability in way of fish medications, I do also wish there was more regulation of it because it is so easy to misuse, abuse, etc. and there are far too many innocent animals that die each year because people use this stuff without seeking qualified consult first. It is a double edged sword of sorts, which is indeed sad.
The other thing I find sad is that too many people purchase and keep animals with little to no thought to their long term care needs or the expenses involved. It is still common for people to prefer to let their animals die than to pay for qualified medical help. It shouldn't matter if it's a dog, cat, bird, or fish... each life is precious and should be respected. As long as fish are viewed as "disposable pets" this will not change. That's what makes me the saddest of all. The mass number of fish deaths that occur every year are often preventable. Keeping a pet is a responsibility, both moral and financial. I wish there were more protections for the fish.