Diseases and Medications - Parasites, Bacteria, Viruses, Medications, Treatments, Stress, Pathogens

While this study was done on Tilapia, the results proving that diet formations can enhance both growth rates and stress response have direct correlation to the Koi hobby.  Read the abstract by clicking on the title or picture...

Dropsy is sometimes known as "Pinecone Disease" in Koi, because the Koi's scales stick out from the swollen body, and the Koi resembles a pinecone.  It is often fatal.  Learn more about identification, pathology and treatments by clicking on the title or picture.

We know that stress can kill Koi by depressing their immune systems and making them susceptible to many pathogens.  This study looked at the percentage of fish that died after capture and release during recreational fishing.  Find out the survival rate by clicking on the picture or title...

In case any of you are looking to add to your library of useful books on fish health, there's a 2nd edition of "Ornamental Fishes - Self-Assessment Color Review" coming out in September.  I've used the first edition over the years because it has a unique case-study approach with Q&A, and is written by Greg Lewbart.  Get the link to reserve your copy and learn more by clicking on the picture or title.

KHV affects our Koi, but now there is a Herpes Virus that is affecting oysters all over the world.  The issues about biosecurity and finding a cure are similar to the problems faced by Koi keepers.  Read more by clicking on the picture or title...

This is from an excellent post on the Fish Vet Blog.  The Aussies are considering releasing KHV into the wild to reduce the effect of carp on the ecosystem.  This rebuttal by Dr. Loh on other possible causes is interesting.  Read the text by clicking on the title or picture...

Light-activated nanoparticles prove effective against antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”  Read the story by clicking on the picture or title...

It has often been said that we underestimate the amount of stress on our Koi and the ramifications of stress on Koi health...  This article reviews fish handling guidelines, and also discusses the problems of improving fish welfare because of the lack of human empathy with fish..  This is an excellent article for people who fish, and emphasizes the need for humane euthanasia of our Koi.  Read the article by clicking on the title or picture...

This was the question that was posed to a vet, and you'll find his response below by clicking on the title or picture...

This document was prepared and distributed by Dr. Richmond Loh, The Fish Vet, Australia.  His blog and web site often have excellent information relating to Koi, and he presents FREE webinars.  While his practice in Australia includes public aquariums and work with Salmon, he also does pond calls and works with Koi.  His web site is:  http://thefishvet.com.au/index.html.  To get to the link to the New Koi Protocol, click on the picture or title...

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