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Man pays big money for surgery on his constipated goldfish

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KHQ.com - A British man may have needed to cash in a little gold to save his constipated goldfish recently. 

The goldfish's owner took his pet to the vet after noticing that it was struggling to do his business. The vet told the owner his goldfish was constipated because he had a tumor blocking the "exit," and not because of any dietary reason. The vet, Faye Bethell from the Toll Barn Veterinary Centre, said she could fix the fish with surgery, but it would cost about $500. Most people would probably cut their loses and enter their little fishy friend into hospice care, but the owner decided to go ahead with the surgery. 

Dr. Bethell used anesthesia in the water to knock the fish out, and then began the procedure, which took about an hour. Two nurses were on hand during the surgery, one who bubbled anaesthetic gas through a tube, and another to monitor the fish's heart rate. Once the tumor was removed, Dr. Bethell stitched up the incision using a waterproof glue and then handed the fish back to its owner, good as new!

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