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    Thread: Help! Need advice on how to treat injured 6 inch koi

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      Help! Need advice on how to treat injured 6 inch koi

      Help appreciated! I live in Manitoba and bring my koi into an aquarium during the winter. The aquarium has a lid, with a screen opening on the back - we thought he was well enclosed (he's a jumper). Unfortunately, my cats are curious and agile. Yesterday, I found my koi (Ted) being "held" and licked by my dog. I believe that the cat got through the screen barrier, caught Ted, who was then claimed by my puggle.

      I immediately put him back in the tank, where he originally just floated, but then began swimming around. I set up a makeshift isolation tank for Ted, with aquarium salt and Stress Guard. The tank has a bubbler. I am concerned that I miscalculated the amount of aquarium salt, so this morning I tested PH and changed half the water, so that the PH was closer to 7.8.

      I'm not sure if he is "relaxed and resting/healing now" or if he's worse, because he isn't swimming around any more. He is now laying at the bottom of the tank, breathing heavily. The good news is that I can see the damage more easily - there is a slice on his underside, which I assume is from a cat claw. He also has areas of missing scales (the largest being about the size of a quarter). I was told that I should keep him in a dark room where he is not irritated. Could it be that he is just calm and healing, or is that wishful thinking?

      Any suggestions on other steps I could take to help him out would be appreciated. We've had him for about 6 years. (Also, we have already secured the screen that we thought was sufficient)

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      Cats are notorious for having bacteria laden bites and scratches. I used to work at a veterinary practice and cat inflicted injuries were very common.

      My suggestion is to topically treat the affected injury areas. That means sedating so I hope you have that on hand. I would use iodine to clean the wounds then neosporin on the wound.

      Maintain excellent water quality meaning zero ammonia, zero nitrites, plenty of air, KH over 100, steady water temp.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Pam Roberts View Post
      Help appreciated! I live in Manitoba and bring my koi into an aquarium during the winter. The aquarium has a lid, with a screen opening on the back - we thought he was well enclosed (he's a jumper). Unfortunately, my cats are curious and agile. Yesterday, I found my koi (Ted) being "held" and licked by my dog. I believe that the cat got through the screen barrier, caught Ted, who was then claimed by my puggle.

      I immediately put him back in the tank, where he originally just floated, but then began swimming around. I set up a makeshift isolation tank for Ted, with aquarium salt and Stress Guard. The tank has a bubbler. I am concerned that I miscalculated the amount of aquarium salt, so this morning I tested PH and changed half the water, so that the PH was closer to 7.8.

      I'm not sure if he is "relaxed and resting/healing now" or if he's worse, because he isn't swimming around any more. He is now laying at the bottom of the tank, breathing heavily. The good news is that I can see the damage more easily - there is a slice on his underside, which I assume is from a cat claw. He also has areas of missing scales (the largest being about the size of a quarter). I was told that I should keep him in a dark room where he is not irritated. Could it be that he is just calm and healing, or is that wishful thinking?

      Any suggestions on other steps I could take to help him out would be appreciated. We've had him for about 6 years. (Also, we have already secured the screen that we thought was sufficient)
      What you have described does not sound like there is a filter on this tank. Ammonia will build fairly quickly and must be bound in the non-toxic ammonium ion form or it will potentially kill the fish. First you will need an ammonia binder like Cloram-X, SeaChem Safe, Prime or similar to convert the ammonia to ammonium, and then you will need the SeaChem Ammonia Alert Card to assure that there is sufficient binder. I would plan on doing 10 to 20% water changes daily to partially remove some of the ammonium. If it is going to be a long term stay, then you will want to get a filter started so that the large water changes will not be required in the long run, though they will be required until the standard ammonia test reads zero.

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