Koi and Stress
This document is clearly written so that all readers will learn from it. The reader will be exposed to the vocabulary used in Koi physiology to describe physical changes and the hormonal response to stress.
A stimulus that requires a physiological response by a Koi in an attempt to adapt to that stimulus is an example of stress. Koi have a physiological response to stress that can be observed as physical symptoms and measured as changes in blood chemistry. Although the Koi may survive a stressful situation and seem fine initially, they can become sick several days to even weeks later.
Koi Keepers reading this ebook will become familiar with:
- The definition of stress as it relates to Koi
- How variable and complex stress can be
- Indications of stress – physical and blood chemistry
- How stress relates to disease, even after a delay
- Adaptation and desensitization to stress
- Stress and antioxidants