Dr Loh explains the causes of dropsy and does a full examination of a bloated Goldfish





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Published on Jun 29, 2016

Dropsy is a clinical sign indicating loss of fluid balance where there is a net influx of water. This is most commonly due to damage to kidney, gills and skin, from a variety of infectious and non-infectious causes. The prognosis for survival is poor.

In this video Dr Loh visits a pond where the owner is experiencing loss of fish that are developing bloated bodies. Dr Loh examines one of the goldfish showing signs of dropsy to see what is causing the problem

To reach a diagnosis we do a full water quality analysis and microscopic examination of skin mucus scrapes and gill biopsies to exclude any underlying disease issues (e.g. ectoparasites). We also perform blood tests and bacterial cultures to help with making a diagnosis. These findings are essential to formulate a treatment regimen to prevent the problem occurring in the remaining fish population.


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