Pet owners are often willing to fork out loads of money for health care for their cats and dogs, but not usually fish. This amazing article tells about a family who paid close to £500 ($640) to have their pet goldfish’s cancerous eye removed!
The Gordon family from Fife really love their goldfish, Star. They recently paid a vet £500 ($640) to remove his eye because it was cancerous. The operation was tricky because Star is only 6 inches long. The operation was carried out at Inglis Veterinary Hospital in Dunfermline, Fife. The Gordon family got Star 12 years ago when their daughter Abby, now a 21-year-old student in Glasgow, won him at a local fair.
Mrs. Gordon, the owner of Star the goldfish says: “I know it seems like a lot of money to spend on an operation for a goldfish but what was the alternative?”
“I think we’ve a social responsibility to look after our pets and I know my daughter would have been distraught if anything had happened to the goldfish.”
Mrs. Gordon adds:
“Star is fine. He’s swimming about happily and the vets have shown me how to give antibiotics too. I probably couldn’t have chosen a better vets. I’m not sure anyone else would have attempted it.”
During the operation on Friday, the vets used Doppler ultrasound equipment to listen through earphones to pulse sounds in order to evaluate Star’s blood flow.
To keep the fish asleep throughout the procedure, the pet was syringed with oxygenated water containing anaesthetic.
After the procedure, Star was delicately held in a bucket of oxygenated water and, with its mouth kept open, was gently moved, mimicking the swimming action. This allowed water to flow over its gills for about for eight minutes, before the fish effectively came back to life.
The surgery was carried out by exotic animals expert Brigitte Lord, who was helped by a vet to keep the goldfish under anaesthetic and a nurse to monitor its heart rate.
“This is a highly specialist field, using anaesthetic on a goldfish carries a very high risk and I’m delighted for the owner that everything went okay and the owners are happy,” said Ms Lord.
“The financial value of a goldfish may be quite small but I think the fact that someone should have paid that much for an operation reflects the true value of the bond between pets and humans.”
The Gordon family previously had a lump removed from their other goldfish, Nemo. Star is recuperating at home, and has to get a daily dose of antibiotics. Luckily, the vets are hopeful that Star will make a full recovery.