Owner Of Pet Goldfish Spends $640 To Remove Its Cancerous Eye

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 written by Emma Glanfield for the Mail Online tells about a family who paid close to £500 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 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, won him at a local fair.

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.

Star the goldfish underwent the fiddly operation at Inglis Veterinary Hospital in Dunfermline, Fife, to remove one eye, which was cancerous and had left the fish blind. Pictured: Star the fish ahead of the procedure
Star the goldfish underwent the fiddly operation at Inglis Veterinary Hospital in Dunfermline, Fife, to remove one eye, which was cancerous and had left the fish blind. Pictured: Star the fish ahead of the procedure

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.”

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The operation to remove the cancerous eye was carried out by exotic animals expert Brigitte Lord (right), who received help from a vet to keep the goldfish under anaesthetic (left) and a nurse to monitor its heart rate
The procedure was paid for by the Gordon family, who also shelled out for an operation to remove a lump from their other pet goldfish, Nemo. Both operations, carried out last Friday, cost the family nearly £500
The procedure was paid for by the Gordon family, who also shelled out for an operation to remove a lump from their other pet goldfish, Nemo. Both operations, carried out last Friday, cost the family nearly £500
Star, a six-inch goldfish, was welcomed into the Gordon family 12 years ago after being won at a local fair by Abby Gordon, now a 21-year-old student in Glasgow. Pictured: The fish with its cancerous eye before the op
Star, a six-inch goldfish, was welcomed into the Gordon family 12 years ago after being won at a local fair by Abby Gordon, now a 21-year-old student in Glasgow. Pictured: The fish with its cancerous eye before the op
Janie Gordon said: '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.' Pictured: Star after the operation
Janie Gordon said: ‘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.’ Pictured: Star after the operation

She 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.”

After the procedure, Star (right) was delicately held in a bucket of oxygenated water before being joined by the Gordon family's other goldfish, Nemo, who underwent an operation on the same day to remove a lump
After the procedure, Star (right) was delicately held in a bucket of oxygenated water before being joined by the Gordon family’s other goldfish, Nemo, who underwent an operation on the same day to remove a lump

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.”

“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.”

Read More: Probably not finding Nemo: Pet goldfish recovering after surgery to remove a cancerous EYE

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