Saving Nemo! Hour-long operation stops trainee vet’s beloved goldfish Dotty going blind after developing a tumour on its left eye
Over the 12 years that Caroline McHugh had cared for her goldfish Dotty, she had come to know exactly when her pet was feeling perky – or green about the gills.
So when a tumour developed over Dotty’s left eye, the trainee veterinary nurse was desperate to make her well again.
Miss McHugh, 32, said: ‘Dotty was subdued and swimming around her tank slowly. She wasn’t happy.
Trainee veterinary nurse Caroline McHugh’s (pictured) pet goldfish Dotty developed a tumour on her left eye and she was desperate to make her well again
Miss McHugh handed her beloved pet Dolly (pictured post-operation) over to colleagues at McDonald Vets in Glasgow for surgery
‘She really is an important member of the family. We would hate for her to be in any pain or discomfort.’
Miss McHugh handed her beloved pet over to colleagues at McDonald Vets in Glasgow.
Although operations on pet fish are not without precedent, it was the first time that veterinary surgeons Lee Shrigley and Calum Aitken had tried. Indeed, the surgery had seen nothing like it in its 40-year history.
Firstly, the surgeons sprinkled anaesthetic powder into Dotty’s tank to make her sleepy, then fished her out and laid her on the operating table, constantly squirting water on her gills to keep her breathing.
The surgeons sprinkled anaesthetic powder into Dotty’s tank to make her sleepy, then laid her on the operating table, constantly squirting water (pictured) on her gills to keep her breathing
During an hour-long operation, the surgeons used tweezers and an ultra-thin knife to cut out the tumour (pictured) and just three days later, Dolly had made a full recovery
During an hour-long operation, the surgeons used tweezers and an ultra-thin knife to cut out the tumour.
Tiny soluble stitches sealed the severed blood vessels. And just three days later, Dotty had made a full recovery.
The operation cost about £200 – much more than a goldfish – but was free for Miss McHugh because she works at the surgery.
Goldfish can live up to 15 years, and Dotty now has many more days of swimming ahead of her.
Miss McHugh added: ‘I am so happy that she is splashing around again.’