A devoted pet owner in England had spent $460 just to save the life of his constipated goldfish.
After knowing that his pet gold fish is having problems on defecating, he then rushed it to the Toll Barn Veterinary Centre in Norfolk. After a thorough examination, the staff at the center informed him that a delicate surgery costing £300 ($460) is required to save the 3-inch fish. The man declined at first due to the costly operation, yet he realized that the fish touches his soul, by then the goldfish was wheeled into surgery.
A 29-year-old vet Faye Bethell, was given the task of performing the 50-minute procedure, which involved carefully administering anaesthetic and using tiny instruments to carefully remove lumps from the fish’s backside. She said that the three-inch fish made a full recovery after the operation, but it could have died if left untreated.
Faye Bethell, stated,
The issue was the fish couldn’t poo and it would have eventually become toxic and it would have died. I have never done a procedure like that on a goldfish, although, I have done it before on more valuable fish like a carp. The actual surgery is quite straightforward but administering the anaesthetic is quite complicated.”
This ailing goldfish was only two years and 10 months old at that time of the operation. So, the anaesthetic agent was and must be carefully-measured before it was introduced into the fish’s water, and then removed from its tank and placed on a waterproof drape. Anaesthetic water was then inserted into its mouth via a tube and bubbled over its gills. A miniature heart rate monitor was used to check that the fish was properly sedated before removing the ‘lumps’ with a tiny scalpel. Once the procedure was complete, Bethell sewed each cut with three stitches and used a special glue to cover and waterproof the fish’s scales.
The goldfish has reportedly made a full recovery, free to comfortably swim in circles in a tank for the next seven to 20 years.
Way to go little fishy and a big hand to the owner’s kindness for the little creature!