PHOTOS: 10-year-old goldfish has surgery to remove tumor - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

PHOTOS: 10-year-old goldfish has surgery to remove tumor

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KHQ.COM - You could say that George the Goldfish is one lucky fish. When George's owners who were reportedly "very attached to him," learned that George had a life-threatening tumor, instead of putting him down or waiting for nature to take its course, they opted for a life-saving operation to save little George's life. George was admitted to the Lort Smith animal where Dr. Tristan Rich agreed to perform the operation.

George was given general anesthetic which was administered by having him swim in water laced with anesthetic. Once the operation was over, George was given painkillers and antibiotics. It didn't take long for him to start swimming again. As long as George stays healthy, he could potentially live another 20 years!


This is what was posted on the Lort Smith Animal Hospital Facebook Page the day after the surgery:

"The goldfish surgery. How it happened!

Dr Tristan Rich yesterday performed surgery on much-loved goldfish George removing a tumor from his head.

Many of you asked how you actually operate on a fish.

Dr Tristan Rich, head of Lort Smith's exotic and wildlife vet team, set up three buckets – one with a knock out dose of anaesthetic, one with a maintenance level of anaesthetic, and one with clean water as the recovery unit.

Once George was asleep, Dr Tristan ran a tube from the maintenance bucket which was being oxygenated, into George's mouth, so that the water with the maintenance dose of anaesthetic washed over his gills.

Dr Tristan worked quickly to remove the large tumor, although the size of it meant that he had to use a gelatine sponge to control the bleeding during surgery. The size of the wound meant it was difficult to seal, so Dr Tristan put in four sutures then sealed the rest of the wound with tissue glue.

Once that had set, George was placed in the recovery unit and given oxygen. He was given injections with long acting pain relief and antibiotics. Soon afterwards he took a couple of breaths on his own and started swimming around.

Working with unusual pets and wildlife means that Dr Tristan has developed a lateral approach to creating effective theatre set ups and we are always amazed at the way he finds a way to help these little critters."

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