Nothing was going to stop this family from trying to save their beloved goldfish.
For most fish, a tumor would be a death sentence. But not so for the 20-year-old goldfish Bob.
When Bob's family spotted his tumor, they decided to take him to Dr. Faye Bethell, in Norfolk, England for treatment, where the vet saved Bob's life by performing a complicated fish surgery.
When Dr. Bethel first saw Bob, she knew there were only two choices for his owners.
"The option was to remove the lump or put him to sleep and now he is doing brilliantly," she said. "Bob's owners were really pleased because the goldfish is older than their children and he's very much considered part of the family."
After feeding him fish anesthetics, Dr. Bethell began the surgery.
The procedure, which took 30 minutes, and cost around $250, required the use of a miniature heart-rate monitor and micro-surgical equipment.
As Dr. Bethell said:
"It's pretty complicated because everything is so small. This one was the oldest fish we've operated on...Bob's now back home and enjoying swimming properly for the first time in weeks."
She is thrilled with Bob's outcome, and her part in it.
"We are definitely seeing pets living longer," Dr. Bethell said. "It's really nice when you get an owner who wants to save them and great to help."
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