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Goldfish Owner Makes A Cork ‘Wheelchair’ To Help His Sick Fish Swim Upright
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Animals, Weird7 years ago

Goldfish Owner Makes A Cork ‘Wheelchair’ To Help His Sick Fish Swim Upright

In the most adorable animal wheelchair we’ve ever seen since the doggie wheelchairs and turtle wheels we shared earlier, an image has surfaced of a goldfish in an adorable sling, which people are calling a ‘goldfish wheelchair,’ designed to keep her afloat and upright.

‘Fish wheelchairs’ (or slings or buoys – call them what you will) like these are used to help fish swim upright while they recover from swim bladder infections that make it difficult for them to do so on their own. Green peas can help solve buoyancy issues related to constipation, but infected swim bladders or other issues may require specialized medication. Consult your vet!

Using a simple cork, this owner saved his fish’s life

Image source: leability

Floating ‘wheelchairs’ like these help sick fish stay upright

Source: synirr

Swim bladder infections or constipation can make it hard or impossible to swim with balance

Image source: SWNS

There are professional veterinary versions, too!

Image source: SWNS

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RoseanneJames
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's wonderful that someone has thought to invent these things because fish are not always considered as even having feelings by some. And they are so easily disposed of & replaced, which is wrong. Phillip Larking the Poet had obviously considered the same thing when he wrote the following: Living toys are something novel, but it soon wears off somehow, Pass the shoebox, pass the shovel, Mam we're playing funerals now'. Sad but true :'(

MirkaKomárová
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i once had a fish i cried for. She was obviously sick a could not swim just like this one. The doctor said he dind know what the problem is and she was suffering like this for a long time. I was trying to find help everywhere a we did everything they told us but nothing helped. In the end she died. Now i am thinking what if she had the same problem (bladder infections) but noone helped us :(

SaraMataNuñez
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We don't normally study fish in vet school, so you would have to go to a specialized doctor in fish... in the whole spain only one university teaches that, so I guess it's difficult to find...

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RoseanneJames
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's wonderful that someone has thought to invent these things because fish are not always considered as even having feelings by some. And they are so easily disposed of & replaced, which is wrong. Phillip Larking the Poet had obviously considered the same thing when he wrote the following: Living toys are something novel, but it soon wears off somehow, Pass the shoebox, pass the shovel, Mam we're playing funerals now'. Sad but true :'(

MirkaKomárová
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i once had a fish i cried for. She was obviously sick a could not swim just like this one. The doctor said he dind know what the problem is and she was suffering like this for a long time. I was trying to find help everywhere a we did everything they told us but nothing helped. In the end she died. Now i am thinking what if she had the same problem (bladder infections) but noone helped us :(

SaraMataNuñez
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We don't normally study fish in vet school, so you would have to go to a specialized doctor in fish... in the whole spain only one university teaches that, so I guess it's difficult to find...

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