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- Salt Lake City, UT
A lot of people would say that if you have a fish that has hemorrhagic septicemia, your fish is going to die. That is because most pet store antibiotics don't work on it. Bacterial hemorrhagic septicemia is when bacteria enters the bloodstream, causing septic shock. The most common symptoms are red streaks in the fins, progressing into the body of the fish. The main reason why pet store antibiotics don't work is because of antibiotic resistance. Resistance occurs when the antibiotic isn't used properly or when the treatment is stopped too early. There is still a chance of resistance even when the antibiotic is administered correctly. Hemorrhagic septicemia is caused by gram negative bacteria. The most effective and successful treatment is to obtain a prescription for Ceftazidime from a veterinarian and inject into the dorsal muscle. Doses vary due to fish size.