Are Your Fish Sick?Written by Lee Dobbins
Keeping a fish tank is a wonderful and relaxing hobby, but it can turn stressful if your fish start to die off. The most common cause of fish disease is poor water quality so it is vital that you perform regular maintenance on tank, making sure you do a partial water change periodically and clean out any waste or uneaten food so it does not decay and poison water.
Many fish disease can be halted if you provide treatment as soon as you see any signs of your fish being sick. Therefore, it is important that you monitor your fish each day to see if there are any signs of illness.
Some common symptoms of disease are listed below.
White dots – sometimes fuzzy looking, almost like grains of salt on your fish. This disease is called Ichthyophthirius), or simply Ich. It is a rather common disease and is caused by poor water quality or can effect your fish when it’s immune system is not functioning up to par due to stress. It can be treated easily if you catch it in time. There is a special solution you can buy at pet store to medicate your tank and, hopefully, get rid of this problem.
Gray patches on skin, looks cottony and can be around gills. This is a fungus also caused by excess fish waste and food decaying in bottom of tank. You can buy treatment for it and it should clear up easily unless you have let it go too far. In future remember to clean tank each week so you do not have a reoccurrence.
Scottish Terrier Rescue - For the Love of ScottiesWritten by Jeff Cuckson
Purebred dogs of all breeds can be found in shelters, and volunteers can be found in every state to seek them out. Scottish Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, and even breeds considered rare, all pass through shelters every year. Those who perform Scottish Terrier rescue are committed to matching homeless terriers with loving new owners.
Dog owners give up their pets for a variety of reasons, and many of them have nothing to do with animal's temperament or behavior. Perfectly loving, well-behaved Scottish Terriers are rescued every year because their owners have died, moved into retirement homes, or are suffering from ill health. Other dogs find their way into shelters because of allergies, divorce, or new babies.
Scottish Terrier rescue organizations do find strays, dogs with behavioral problems, and dogs who have not been housebroken. A dog that has lost its owner, for whatever reason, will probably grieve, so it is crucial that adopted terriers be matched with very best new owner. Rescuers will want to determine that home terrier is destined for is loving, secure, and committed to keeping dog permanently.
If you wish to perform your own Scottish Terrier rescue, a good place to start is breed's national and local clubs. The Scottish Terrier Club of America has its own National Rescue Coordinators, and keeps lists of participating organizations, state by state. There are also general purebred dog rescue organizations that handle all breeds, but have representatives that specialize in individual ones, like Scottish Terriers or Westies.