Animals are a huge part of our lives. Almost everyone has some sort of pet, whether it be a dog, cat, reptile, rodent, amphibian, or even “just” a fish. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t really know how to care for their pet, despite good intentions.
Pet stores can vary in the level of knowledge their employees have about what they sell. Sometimes pet store employees can be your best resource, but other times they might recommend something that’s really harmful to your pet. The internet is the same way, it can be a good resource, but only if you can discern fact from fiction. Vets are generally your best resources, but sometimes they might not have a lot of experience with or be up to date on exotic pets.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes with the animals I’ve had in my life. I hate to look back and think about some of the things I did to “care” for my pets, that were actually harmful. Through talking to breeders, and doing hours of research I believe I’m now pretty informed on caring for the pets that I own. Next time I’d like to talk about my experience with a popular pet fish.