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18 Apr 2006

Goldfish
What is "dropsy"? According to Piff (entry 759) this could be the cause for the fin on the back of the goldfish to lie down and eventually cause death.
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Dropsy is a condition where the water balance of the fish is disturbed and excess fluid builds up in the body- usually due to underlying kidney disease, which could be due to a bacterial infection, viral infection, toxins or cancer. So this is a symtom, not a disease. This said, adding salt to the water helps many fish maintain their water balance, and bacterial disaese can be treated by antibiotics, provided the damage is not too severe.

Dr Willemien van Wyk
Bird and exotic animal veterinarian
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