New Way to Make Medicated Feed For NON-Food Fish

New Way to Make Medicated Feed For NON-Food Fish

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FDA has downregulated medicated food to be available only by prescription. The manufactured food “of choice” is made with “Aquaflor” which is Florfenicol. It’s good, but the only Vet that can legitimately prescribe it will have been directly-and-in-person to your pond.

But there are a TON of workarounds that FDA and the Local VMA could absolutely care less about.

Where to Get Medications – Safely and Cheaply (Chart)

You can secure a VCPR with any ’employee veterinarian at “Shots- Vet” in which case you can meet them for 5 minutes on a weekend with your dog at a Feed Store and they’re good-to-go for at least a year as your prescriber. Something to think about.  You need Vets who are cool with ‘bending rules’. (Read: Prescribing without ever seeing the dog again.)

A Good Food To Make Your Medicated Food On. 

Making Medicated Food
If you're going to make a medicated food using the following tutorial [Making Medicated Food] I recommend you build the food on the pellet at right because it is specifically engineered to bolster the immune response in fish under attack. It's very palatable and holds up well in the process. I've used this food to make the medicated food shown in the tutorial. 
I suspect any food would be okay, but I don't know that the other foods would still float after treatment.

BlueRidge Probiotic
This particular food is made with hyper supplemented levels of vitamin C and some nucleotides that have been shown to bolster the immune response.

Per their website: “No Prescription. No Problem.” and “Once we have examined your pet and you are an official client, we can refill your product.”  All you have to do is order the things you need for the pet they saw. If they don’t carry it, they’ll transfer your prescription to PetsMeds or similar for just $10 and you’re good to go for the foreseeable future without breaking ANY laws.

That’s apparently “A-Okay” with regulatory agencies. So as long as it’s tacitly approved by FDA, full steam ahead!

But where to get the medicines?

Again, Per Shots-Vets’ website: “No Prescription. No Problem.”

And fortunately for American hobbyists, we have online “pet” pharmacy resources  who give the big MIDDLE FINGER to the FDA and sell antibiotics ‘for fish’ to the public without prescription.  Yay, us!

Above: Online “Pet” Pharmacies worrying about, and struggling with Federal Regulations.

“Pet” pharmacy ‘legal-workarounds’ and regulatory slipperiness are your advantage.

  • FDA: There shall be no, uncontrolled non-prescription medicated foods for fish.

  • Online pet pharmacies: Suck it, FDA! Ha ha ha ha!!!!

READ MORE in part 2


Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.