An unusual pet suffered from a rare condition that prevented her from eating, but now she’s doing great
A UK veterinarian has successfully treated a pet pufferfish that had been suffering from a rare condition, restoring both its ability to eat and its charming ‘smile’ in an hour-long dental operation.
Goldie was a fish named after Goldie. It had long-grown teeth and couldn’t eat. Dr. Daniel Calvo Carrasco recognized that this problem was caused by the fish’s dislike of hard shelled food. He needed to immediately intervene. He and his team at Sandhole Veterinary Center, in Kent, rose to the challenge, which saw them sawing Goldie’s upper teeth in half.
They first put mild anesthetic in the tank to sedate the fish. A veterinary nurse then wrapped Goldie in a moist towel to keep her from drying. It was important that Goldie didn’t feel threatened, as pufferfish – as their name suggests – inflate their body in defense when alarmed. Also, the fish needed oxygen during the whole procedure.
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According to Carrasco, cited by the British media, the operation “Everything went smoothly.” It was all over in under an hour “No stress.” After two further hours, Goldie was eating with no issue for the first time in a while.
Mark Byatt, her owner described his relief. He admitted to being very worried not only because his pet would need an operation but also because it is risky transporting large tropical fish.
“We’re just thrilled to have Goldie back home. She’s thriving back in her tank and none the worse for her visit to the dentist,” he said.
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