A Pet Well Loved

Would you pay 'a few hundred dollars' for high risk brain surgery on a gold fish? Well, this pet's owner felt it was worth the expense. George came though just fine. If you'd like to see more pictures they are available on yahoo images.
     Posted By: patty - Thu Sep 18, 2014
     Category: Pets | Fish

Burial at sea comes to mind as a less expensive solution. Then pull the handle.
Posted by Muddy Valley on 09/18/14 at 08:31 PM
Yes, the George's brain is fine...his owner's brain I'm not too sure of.
Posted by Rocket J. Squirrel on 09/18/14 at 09:25 PM
You'd think 'goldfish brain' was one of those oxymorons!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/19/14 at 02:19 AM
Best fish story: "The Incredible Mr. Limpet."
Posted by KDP on 09/19/14 at 12:37 PM
Intriguing to find out that goldfish actually have brains. My childhood goldfish would repeatedly attempt to eat, then spit out, the identical pieces of aquarium gravel leading to my conclusion at age 8 that goldfish were fairly brainless.
Posted by Flamingo1 on 09/19/14 at 03:51 PM
How does someone find a board-certified goldfish brain surgeon? Shouldn't this surgery have been performed underwater to avoid oxygen deficiency during the procedure? Does this qualify as a family emergency for the non-piscatorial owner? Inquiring minds want to know....

When my daughter's goldfish had its first birthday we brought Sparkle the Wonder Fish! to the kitchen table, singing Happy Birthday, then we dined on fish sticks with a side of Goldfish crackers; this probably explains a great deal about my children, poor kids.
Posted by Flamingo1 on 09/19/14 at 04:01 PM
My first thought was to wonder who did the math to determine what a safe dose of anesthesia was, and who figured out which anesthetic is safe for a goldfish. And why.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 09/19/14 at 04:15 PM
Flamingo1, the fish was probably sucking the algae off the stones. Algae may form more quickly on some rocks than others as well which would explain why some rocks go more attention.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/19/14 at 05:21 PM
@TheCannyScot, The anesthetic used was probably MS-222. It is (as far as I know) the only anesthetic approved for use with aquatic/marine life. It is a powder mixed with a specific amount of water to create a solution of the appropriate parts-per-million. Depending on the procedure and the depth you want the fish to be put under, the ppm will vary. I have used this anesthetic many times to perform veterinary procedures on my own fish (nishikigoi); which is permited by law in California. There are many veterinarians whose speciality is the diagnosis and treatment of fish diseases and injuries.
Posted by Steve E. on 09/20/14 at 04:34 PM
Very cool Steve! :coolsmile:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/21/14 at 12:56 AM
Thank you and you are welcome Patty. I finally took the time to check out more of the pictures at the link and found one that gave me the name of the vet and a possible business name. A quick search found that the vet works for Lort Smith Animal Hospital in North Melbourne. While my information above is true for the US it may not be so for Australia. It may be that they use a different compound down there, but the procedure they used is the same as would be used here in the US.
Posted by Steve E. on 09/21/14 at 06:40 PM
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