How to Euthanize a fish!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Tampa Properties

How to euthanize a fish was a question posed to my better half the Emergency Veterinarian this weekend and a question  which she had never been asked before.  With dogs, cats and other mammals the procedure is pretty straight forward, a fish on the other hand is a different species altogether.

Katy Meyer, DVM (my previously mentioned better half) has been practicing Emergency Veterinary medicine for nearly 32 years and currently owns Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service and this question had never been posed to her, it's not like a client can wrap a fish in a towel and carry it into the clinic.


Fish in a fish tank


We probably all have had a gold fish or two which were kind enough to just go belly up in the tank and we flushed them down the toilet or simply threw them in the trash, but the fish in question was a mush larger Koi which had developed a large tumor hanging from it's side and the owner wanted to know, "how do you euthanize a fish".

This actually stumped my better half at first, but through the magic of the internet, Google, and a Veterinary resource website ( she was able to advise the client of a humane method of euthanasia.

I could give a detailed and lengthy description of the euthanasia method, but let's just say it involves Clove oil (readily available at many retailers) and Vodka - yes they really drink the juice, and you know where to obtain Vodka!

If you want to read more, try this website: euthanize a fish, it explains very clearly how to painlessly euthanize a fish with out the guilt!

Unfortunately for her, Katy does not stock Vodka at Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service so the client was able to complete the act in the privacy of their home!

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Comments (6)

Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

Steven, that is definitely something I have never thought about.  In fact the last fish I thought about was Nemo.  Appreciate the information and hopefully the client was able to have a peaceful passing of their pet.

Nov 11, 2012 03:46 PM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"


Steve your title caught my attention and I just had to read your blog, interesting story. Weird but interesting.... we all love our pets...

Nov 11, 2012 07:18 PM
Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423

Just those weird little tidbits of knowledge one picks up as we go through life!

Nov 11, 2012 09:30 PM
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Hmmm, who knew?  While I didn't find it necessary to read the details, I like knowing that there is a kinder way to take care of an ailing fish.  Some people would say - "it's just a fish", but even so.... 

Nov 12, 2012 02:11 AM
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


I have to say that until now, I never really thought about it. Then again, I did write an extensive article about who owns the fish in the pond and whether or not they go "with the deal".


Nov 12, 2012 09:51 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Weirder things have happened.


Love and light,


Nov 12, 2012 12:16 PM