​Constipated Goldfish Operation: Vet Helps Pet Owner Save Goldfish

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January 2, 2021

A constipated goldfish operation is making headlines today after a pet owner spent $465 to save its life in the United Kingdom. It was obvious that the man cared a lot for his pet, according to FOX News. He took the goldfish to the vet to ease its discomfort after noticing it was struggling to pass any solids. Veterinarian Faye Bethell said the procedure took about 50 minutes.

“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 anesthetic is quite complicated. The issue was the fish couldn’t poo and it would have eventually become toxic and it would have died.”

At first, the goldfish owner was in for a shock when staff at the Toll Barn Veterinary Centre told him the delicate surgery would cost $465. He turned down the goldfish treatment and left his fish to its fate. However, he had a change of heart 10 minutes later and went back to give the go-ahead. Bethell was then tasked with carefully administering anesthetic before using tiny instruments to remove a lump close to the fish’s anus.

“There was nothing special about the fish. He just liked it a lot. People love their pets - but that was an expensive little goldfish.”

The constipated goldfish operation revealed a second lump that was removed from his dorsal fin. The procedure occurred before the pet was returned to water and handed back to his grateful owner. Bethell said the three inch fish made a full recovery. The fish would have died if it was left untreated, according to the Daily Mail.

The delicate goldfish procedure involved introducing a carefully-measured anaesthetising agent into the fish’s water at the veterinarian’s office. It was then removed from its tank and placed on a waterproof drape before water was introduced into its mouth via a tube and bubbled over its gills. Bethell then used a miniature heart-rate monitor to check that the fish was properly “under” before using a mini scalpel to remove the lumps. She then sewed each cut with three stitches before using a special “glue” to cover and waterproof the fish’s scales before it was gradually re-awakened.

Goldfish can live up to 10 years and this ailing pet was two years and 10 months old at the time of its operation. The Toll Barn Veterinary Centre opened a year ago and specialises in exotic animals as well as the more usual pets. Bethell revealed that in the past year she has carried out a string of bizarre ops including the removal of a 12g skin tumour from a two-inch long hognose snake. She has also successfully taken out a stone from the 5mm-wide ureter of a guinea pig and last week castrated a skunk.

While the constipated goldfish operation was successful, the pet owner doesn’t know if he’ll ever spend that much again. It was hard for him to see his goldfish die, and that tugged on his emotions until he agreed on the procedure, notes United Press International. It’s a lot of money to pay, but pets are like family to most people.

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