A goldfish lover from Norfolk paid hundreds of pounds in vets’ fees when his pet became constipated.

The owner took his ailing fish to Toll Barn Veterinary Centre in North Walsham where vets told him it was constipated and an operation would cost about £300.

Vet Faye Bethell used anaesthetised water to knock out the goldfish before removing the blockages.

"At the end of the day they’re all pets and everybody does have a commitment to their pet," Miss Bethell said.

"[The goldfish] was constipated because he had a lump blocking his bottom, rather than because of his diet or any other reason," she said.

The operation, which took almost an hour, was performed by Miss Bethell, assisted by two veterinary nurses.

"We’ve got one nurse who bubbles anaesthetic gas through a tube that goes in through its mouth and over its gills, and then we have a second nurse to monitor with a probe to check the heart rate," Miss Bethell said.

"Obviously, we discussed all the options [with its owner] and he made the decision to go for surgery.

Source - BBC News


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He said people often became attached to pets, “from goldfish to budgie”, and that veterinarians valued the bonds between humans and animals, and did not discriminate between the species when trying to save lives.

"Every day I’ll do something different like this - operate on a little frog, or treat budgies, lizards, snakes and wildlife," Dr Rich said.

Despite their size, he said goldfish could live up to 30 years if looked after properly.