Originally Posted by Mebbid
, everything within our power should be used to treat our fish, short life span or not. Would you refuse to give a sick dog or cat proper treatment?
We take their lives in our hands and it's our responsibility to keep them healthy.
Yes, of course that happens. Think about when the dog or cat gets old and the vet suggests say heart tablets and a few others that are a significant cost each week. There's a point where we say at the end of the day, this is enough - I'm not going to spend any more. And that's not much fun that decision to be honest (along with putting pets down which is somewhat different to livestock).
Closer to the fish tank, a dead fish killed from an infection could be taken to an aquatic vet, a culture taken and meds (likely quite specialised) bought for other still living infected fish. How many of us would do this for say a guppy I wonder? A large, long life fish I would consider getting med injections for it from the vet. For a guppy that is never going to happen.
However that's all as an aside. My problem is that if a med can be used in a hospital then I'm not so sure it should be used on animals, unless there is no risk of cross-bacterial infection. This is getting into the realms of super-bugs in hospitals that need strong antibiotics as I understand.
If the choice is saving a pet now or perhaps saving your child in hospital later on so to speak (eg as antibiotics haven't been rendered ineffective through indiscriminate use).
Of course this is all pretty dark and morbid, I would think solving if cross-bacterial infection is a problem would be the first issue (i.e. do any of the meds we use run the risk of creating super bugs in a hospital?).
My suspicion is that it is going to be aquaculture farms, etc that would cause more of a problem (if it is)?? Thoughts?