Here are other common illnesses that are often known attacking your goldfish’s health;
Dropsy is another bacterial infection that infects the fish within its body causing the scales to stick out. It is dangerous and often the fish die.
Causes: Dropsy is brought on by, again, water quality that has a very high ammonia and nitrite content.
Symptoms: Be alert for signs of body swelling and scales that seem to poke out. Sometimes even the eyes seem to bulge out.
What happens: Dropsy causes the fish to retain fluid and swell up. Swelling of the body cavity due to a build-up of fluid. Scales become raised giving a pinecone-like appearance. One or both of the eyes may be protruded.
Treatment: Dropsy is pretty fatal and hard to cure. Your best bet is a broad-spectrum anti- bacteria treatment. You could add salt to prevent salt loss.
Prevention: You must make sure that the water in your tank is of good quality. Test the water from time to time.
As the name suggests, this disease causes the eyes of the fish to pop out. It is often a symptom of impending.
Causes: Once again it is an infection brought on by badly maintained tanks an unhealthy water conditions.
Symptoms: Your goldfish will have eyes that protrude and kind of stick out of the eye sockets.
What happens: This pop eye is a sign of fluid retention that may lead to full fledged dropsy.
Treatment: Start with an antibacterial treatment and add salt to the aquarium.
Prevention: Keep the water of high quality. Maintain the tank with regular weekly water changes.
This is when the eyes of your goldfish seem as an opaque lining covered them.
Caused: It is caused by poor water quality, lack of vitamins, an unhealthy diet, and eye flukes like Diplostomum, corneal damage, and bacterial infection.
Symptoms: Your goldfish will seem to have an eye that looks cloudy and opaque rather than bright and clear.
What happens: The Goldfish’s eyes might have mucus on the outer surface and the goldfish probably cannot see as well as he or she should, leading to a slowdown in the activities.
Treatment: You must immediately improve water conditions, add salt and take care that you give your goldfish some vitamin supplements.
Prevention: Try and ensure high quality water conditions, stick to a healthy, balanced good quality food that contains added vitamins.
Swim Bladder Disorder
More than a disease, Swim bladder disorder is a problem affecting some goldfish varieties genetically. Egg-shaped fancy goldfish seem to have this disorder more than the others. It has to do with floating and the goldfish are either sinkers or floaters.
Causes: Apart from genetic issues like physical deformities, high levels of nitrates in the water as well as not soaking the food before feeds that causes gas bring on swim bladder disorder. Bad water quality adds to the problem.
Symptoms: Your goldfish seems to be unable to either swim to the top or swim down to the bottom of the tank
What happens: Your goldfish have difficulty swimming to the surface, or to the lower levels of the tank. They also do not eat well due to gas and the bad quality water reduces their oxygen supply.
Treatment: Do improve the water conditions and give them Daphnia, which acts as a laxative. Think of an appropriate diet change and treat the fish with an anti-bacteria treatment. Fancy goldfish with physical deformities won’t improve.
Prevention: Ensure high quality water conditions and do take care to soak the food, whether pellets or flakes, before you give it to the goldfish. Reduce the dried food that you might give.
Most of the diseases that threaten goldfish can be cured. But better still these diseases can be prevented. While you should be alert to symptoms of a sick goldfish, you should first of all try and prevent them from happening. Some of the common diseases that you must protect your Goldfish include:
Simply called as Ick, this is the most common disease that strikes down goldfish. Ick is a parasite that attaches to the goldfish body.
Causes: This happens when the undue stress is put on the goldfish due to bad water conditions, fluctuations in the temperature and an overall poor quality of maintenance. 49
Symptoms: Look for small white spots that look like salt grain on the goldfish’s skin, fins and gills.
What happens: This parasite attached to the goldfish when it is stressed out due to bad conditions and feed off the body of the fish. The conditions worsen when the Ick begins to lay its eggs and reproduces at a very fast pace.
Treatment: If your goldfish is a victim of Ick, treat him or her with an anti-parasite medication. Also you might have to raise the water temperature to make this medication more effective. Ask an expert and follow instructions.
Prevention: You can prevent Ick from growing by making sure that you maintain the tank well with the weekly changes and keep the water fresh and pollution-free.
Another common problem that goldfish suffer from is fin rot when it looks as if parts of the fish’s fins and tails are wasting away.
Causes: This is also a bacterial infection arising out of poor water conditions. Fin rot usually happens to a fish that is already suffering from something else like an injury caused by tank bites that bite. They are already weak and fall prey to this infection.
Symptom: Watch out for frayed, rotting, often pale pinky-white edged fins and blood streaks on the fin tissue.
What happens: The already stressed goldfish is infected by this bacterial infection and the fins begin to rot away. Sometimes fungus attacks cause the condition to worsen.
Treatment: You will need to treat your Goldfish with fin rot or anti-bacteria treatment to stop the disease from spreading. Try adding salt to the tank to make up for the salt that the fish has lost. Make sure that the water is pollution-free.
Prevention: You can prevent fin rot by making sure that the water quality is of high quality and see that you maintain it. Also it would be wise to isolate the fish that are biting their tank mates.
This is yet another bacterial infection that infects the already injured and weak goldfish that are stressed out from poor quality water. However do not confuse it with the cotton-wool disease.
Causes: Fungus is caused by the Saprolegnia and Achlya bacteria that flourish in badly maintained tanks and attack the wounds of the goldfish.
Symptoms: If you see fluffy growths on the damaged wounds either on the skin or the fins of your goldfish, it’s fungus.
What happens: Fungus generally manifest in injuries and wounds left by ulcers and parasites and can be very damaging to the fish.
Treatment: You would need to use standard anti-fungal medications like the pretty effective methylene blue, which might however damage the water quality. You can also use aquarium salt at a dose of 1-3g/liter.
Prevention: Improve water conditions because fungus never grows in a well-maintained tank with good quality water.
This is bound to happen to your glutton goldfish at some point or the other. Their body structure is such that they can’t take in too much food but their nature is such that they can’t stop eating!
Causes: Overeating and foods high in fat can cause a goldfish to get compacted Symptoms: Your goldfish might look a little bloated and isn’t as active.
What happens: Due to their structure and overeating goldfish are compacted and this causes a problem with their ability to eat as well as digest the food they eat.
Treatment: Try giving them boiled and softened peas, which act as a mild laxative.
Prevention: Make sure that your goldfish get green foods and do not give them too much protein or too much fat.
Having a Boston Terrier is a little like having a baby. Before you rush out to the nearest breeder or shelter you must consider the costs of ensuring that your new pet remains contented and happy with his home life.
Cost not only refers to finances but to your time as well. You should remember that Boston Terriers are animals that thrive on attention and need regular exercise.
If your plan is to tie your dog up outside and only go out to give him food and water, then forget it! This is not the dog for you! If you are incapable, for whatever reason, of taking part in physical activity, then a Boston Terrier is a very bad idea.
Below, you will find some points to consider before you decide upon getting a Boston Terrier:
Your terrier will require regular veterinary care such as vaccinations and booster, which can be quite expensive.
Your terrier may need regular health checks and/or treatment for illnesses, which can also be very expensive.
You will need to purchase a variety of items for your dog, such as bedding, toys, bowls, leash, collar, grooming items, pet carrier, and crate.
The costs of buying food for your terrier can mount up. He will basically be an extra mouth to feed.
You may incur fees such as: training, boarding kennels if you are going away, and grooming.
Boston Terriers need a lot of attention. You will need to provide this, no matter how busy you are.
They also need regular exercise. You will have to put aside time to get involved with play and take your dog for walks every day.
Your Boston Terrier will need training. Whether you do this yourself or take him along to professional classes, you will need to dedicate your time to helping him and practicing his training.
He will require regular grooming to ensure good health. Again, this can be time consuming.
Bearing in mind the above main points you should have a clear idea of whether this dog is the right one for you.
Beautiful as they are, Boston Terriers have some genetic traits and defects that you must always be mindful of for their owner. In order to keep your dogs’ health in tip-top condition and ensure that he leads a healthy and happy life, you must ensure that you are aware of the breeds special requirements and of potential dangers.
There are a fair few illnesses that a Boston, particularly a pure bred, is susceptible to. This is why you should ensure that you get your Boston from a good, reputable breeder who can tell you all about the dog and his family line. You would be surprised at how much your breeder has to do with the Boston’s happiness and yours.
Some of these special concerns include:
Genetic illnesses such as: luxating patella (slipping kneecap), heart problems, mange, breathing problems, Cushings syndrome.
Extreme weather sensitivity: Bostons can suffer heat stroke if they are exposed for long periods to extreme heat, stuffiness and humidity. They are also sensitive to extreme cold and must not be exposed for long periods to this weather either. This is one of the reasons that this breed is classed as an indoor breed.
Wheezing: This is caused by the breeds short snout. Although this is part and parcel of a Boston Terrier, excessive wheezing should always be checked out by a vet. You should also take care not to expect excessive activity and exercise from your Boston because of this problem.
Eye problems: This is the result of the Bostons prominent eyes. They are susceptible to associated problems such as lacerations and infections, and must be closely monitored.
Although these concerns must be kept in mind at all times, you can get peace of mind with a little care and attention. Checking your dog on a weekly basis for abnormalities or defects will help to keep infections at bay.
Being able to pick up on any alien behavior from your dog will give you a clue if he is feeling unwell. And taking care in the summer and winter months will enable you to ensure that he is not exposed to temperatures that could prove dangerous to him.