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Family Spends $250 To Remove Tumor From Their 20-Year-Old Goldfish
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Family Spends $250 To Remove Tumor From Their 20-Year-Old Goldfish

When a family spotted a lump on their 20-year-old goldfish’s fin, they took it to Dr Faye Bethell, a well-known vet. The doctor saved the day by performing a surgery on Bob the fish. It took the vet based in Norfolk, England 30 minutes to remove the tumor. The surgery cost around $250. “The option was to remove the lump or put him to sleep and now he is doing brilliantly,” Dr Bethell commented. “Bob’s owners were really pleased because the goldfish is older than their children and he’s very much considered part of the family.”

The vet used a miniature heart-rate monitor, fed the fish anaesthetics, and carried out the operation with micro-surgical equipment. “It’s pretty complicated because everything is so small.” She added: “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.”

“We are definitely seeing pets living longer,” stressed Dr Bethell. “It’s really nice when you get an owner who wants to save them and great to help.”

More info: Toll Barn Veterinary Centre | Facebook (h/t)

When a family spotted a lump on their 20-year-old goldfish’s fin, they took it to Dr Faye Bethell

Image credits: Toll Barn Vets

The well-known doctor saved the day by performing a 30 minute surgery on Bob the fish that cost $250

Image credits: Toll Barn Vets

“The option was to remove the lump or put him to sleep and now he is doing brilliantly”

Image credits: Toll Barn Vets

“Bob’s owners were really pleased because…  he’s very much considered part of the family”

Image credits: Toll Barn Vets

The vet fed the fish anaesthetics and used a miniature heart-rate monitor and micro-surgical equipment

Image credits: Toll Barn Vets

“It’s pretty complicated because everything is so small”

Image credits: Toll Barn Vets

“Bob’s now back home and enjoying swimming properly for the first time in weeks”

Image credits: Toll Barn Vets

“We are definitely seeing pets living longer… It’s really nice when you get an owner who wants to save them”

Image credits: Toll Barn Vets

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Emre
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5 years ago

This is a decision of the family and we should have respect for this. Money doesn't matter.

John L Kelly
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolutely! Its their funds they are spending, not anyone else's.

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
5 years ago

I love the fact that they consider him so much of a family member that they are willing to spend that amount of money to keep him alive. They have my respect for appreciating all sizes of living creatures.

MadamButterfly
Community Member
5 years ago

Get well soon Bob,bless his owners,all life is precious no matter how small.

Barbara Berg
Community Member
5 years ago

Everyone is about the family willing to pay the money and considers it part of the family. And I'm just sitting here wondering: 'How tricky the surgery is? Is it even possible to operate on a fish? How do the keep it from dying out of the water?" As I scroll down.

Becca Brewer
Community Member
5 years ago

Agreed, I wanted to know more about how the vet did it too! I can see from the pictures and make guesses, but I'd like to hear from the vet about the procedure

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varwenea
Community Member
5 years ago

Respect for the family!

anna
Community Member
5 years ago

LOVE this! We took our 8 year old fish to the vet when he had swimming problems, after an injection and a course of antibiotics he is back to top notch condition! We are aiming for 20 :)

Susan Forbes
Community Member
5 years ago

Fantastic job by that surgeon

jacluckycat
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm glad they were able to afford the surgery. If (god forbid) my cats needed costly medical care, i would not hesitate to exhaust all options available. I'm glad Bob is doing well and swimming properly. Props to the surgeon - that's gotta be incredibly difficult to perform surgery on something as small as a goldfish!

Koko Sempai
Community Member
5 years ago

Awesome to know people value life no matter how small or big ( ^ ^ )

Kalo Sk
Community Member
5 years ago

Poor fish :( good thing, fish is ok now :3

RussiAuthor
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5 years ago

Respect

proud stories
Community Member
5 years ago

True Love

Meara McMurry
Community Member
5 years ago

Pretty fish!!

Jace
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm happy some people can afford healthcare for themselves and their family.

Flora Polvado
Community Member
5 years ago

As someone who was never able to keep a goldfish alive past 3 days, I am in awe.

Mark Chasteen
Community Member
5 years ago

Bob just kickin' it and enjoying those fruity pebble flakes.

Weird Theater Geek
Community Member
5 years ago

Awwww

Larry Bud Melman
Community Member
5 years ago

If you can't spend $250 on a pet thats given you 20 years perhaps it's best you have no pet at all.

Angela Halling
Community Member
5 years ago

What I'm more curious about is how they kept him alive. You know, being out of water for at least 30 min...

olemann77
Community Member
5 years ago

20 Years?!? Wow. Whats 250 $ compared to 20 years of memories? Cool story.

Kate Swartz
Community Member
5 years ago

How the heck is that fish alive for 30 minutes out of water? I'm very confused. I mean mad props to the vet and the family for the love

Margaret Nugent
Community Member
5 years ago

A great wee story with a happy ending what's not to like 😄

Crystal Lewis-Mustard
Community Member
5 years ago

That is just too cool! I'm a goldfish lover myself and had one for 10 years

Anurag Max
Community Member
5 years ago

Stop using WiFi god dammit! :D lucky poor gold fish.

cloud
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5 years ago

How did they keep him out of water for so long

Culdee
Community Member
5 years ago

I would have named him Oscar.

Hayley Lightcap
Community Member
5 years ago

Huh, I never thought I'd read this about a goldfish but hey why not

Bipolar King
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5 years ago

ironically I'm not worth that much

Rachmat Sulthony
Community Member
5 years ago

White people never cease to amaze me.

Miriam Barber
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5 years ago

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wish they would spend that money on starving HUMANS....... :( Sad

Ophelia Brooks
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5 years ago

And how do you know they don't? "I don't know these people but omg they spent $ to help a fish! I have to shake my head in disapproval!"

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Al Mz
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5 years ago

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Hahahahaha sooooooooooooooo fucking stupid all of you it's a fucking gold fish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Âm Bên Em
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5 years ago

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imprison for 20 is enough man let it be free.

Anonymous Hobiest
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5 years ago

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This is really stupid. But whatever. Hope these folks aren't collecting government money

Emre
Community Member
5 years ago

This is a decision of the family and we should have respect for this. Money doesn't matter.

John L Kelly
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolutely! Its their funds they are spending, not anyone else's.

Load More Replies...
Michel M. Prins
Community Member
5 years ago

I love the fact that they consider him so much of a family member that they are willing to spend that amount of money to keep him alive. They have my respect for appreciating all sizes of living creatures.

MadamButterfly
Community Member
5 years ago

Get well soon Bob,bless his owners,all life is precious no matter how small.

Barbara Berg
Community Member
5 years ago

Everyone is about the family willing to pay the money and considers it part of the family. And I'm just sitting here wondering: 'How tricky the surgery is? Is it even possible to operate on a fish? How do the keep it from dying out of the water?" As I scroll down.

Becca Brewer
Community Member
5 years ago

Agreed, I wanted to know more about how the vet did it too! I can see from the pictures and make guesses, but I'd like to hear from the vet about the procedure

Load More Replies...
varwenea
Community Member
5 years ago

Respect for the family!

anna
Community Member
5 years ago

LOVE this! We took our 8 year old fish to the vet when he had swimming problems, after an injection and a course of antibiotics he is back to top notch condition! We are aiming for 20 :)

Susan Forbes
Community Member
5 years ago

Fantastic job by that surgeon

jacluckycat
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm glad they were able to afford the surgery. If (god forbid) my cats needed costly medical care, i would not hesitate to exhaust all options available. I'm glad Bob is doing well and swimming properly. Props to the surgeon - that's gotta be incredibly difficult to perform surgery on something as small as a goldfish!

Koko Sempai
Community Member
5 years ago

Awesome to know people value life no matter how small or big ( ^ ^ )

Kalo Sk
Community Member
5 years ago

Poor fish :( good thing, fish is ok now :3

RussiAuthor
Community Member
5 years ago

Respect

proud stories
Community Member
5 years ago

True Love

Meara McMurry
Community Member
5 years ago

Pretty fish!!

Jace
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm happy some people can afford healthcare for themselves and their family.

Flora Polvado
Community Member
5 years ago

As someone who was never able to keep a goldfish alive past 3 days, I am in awe.

Mark Chasteen
Community Member
5 years ago

Bob just kickin' it and enjoying those fruity pebble flakes.

Weird Theater Geek
Community Member
5 years ago

Awwww

Larry Bud Melman
Community Member
5 years ago

If you can't spend $250 on a pet thats given you 20 years perhaps it's best you have no pet at all.

Angela Halling
Community Member
5 years ago

What I'm more curious about is how they kept him alive. You know, being out of water for at least 30 min...

olemann77
Community Member
5 years ago

20 Years?!? Wow. Whats 250 $ compared to 20 years of memories? Cool story.

Kate Swartz
Community Member
5 years ago

How the heck is that fish alive for 30 minutes out of water? I'm very confused. I mean mad props to the vet and the family for the love

Margaret Nugent
Community Member
5 years ago

A great wee story with a happy ending what's not to like 😄

Crystal Lewis-Mustard
Community Member
5 years ago

That is just too cool! I'm a goldfish lover myself and had one for 10 years

Anurag Max
Community Member
5 years ago

Stop using WiFi god dammit! :D lucky poor gold fish.

cloud
Community Member
5 years ago

How did they keep him out of water for so long

Culdee
Community Member
5 years ago

I would have named him Oscar.

Hayley Lightcap
Community Member
5 years ago

Huh, I never thought I'd read this about a goldfish but hey why not

Bipolar King
Community Member
5 years ago

ironically I'm not worth that much

Rachmat Sulthony
Community Member
5 years ago

White people never cease to amaze me.

Miriam Barber
Community Member
5 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

wish they would spend that money on starving HUMANS....... :( Sad

Ophelia Brooks
Community Member
5 years ago

And how do you know they don't? "I don't know these people but omg they spent $ to help a fish! I have to shake my head in disapproval!"

Load More Replies...
Al Mz
Community Member
5 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Hahahahaha sooooooooooooooo fucking stupid all of you it's a fucking gold fish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Âm Bên Em
Community Member
5 years ago

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imprison for 20 is enough man let it be free.

Anonymous Hobiest
Community Member
5 years ago

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This is really stupid. But whatever. Hope these folks aren't collecting government money

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