A devoted pet owner splashed out £300 – to save the life of his constipated goldfish.
The man took the 3-inch tiddler to vets to ease its discomfort after noticing it was struggling to deficate.
He hoped after a simple procedure the fish would be back happily swimming in his office tank.
But the company boss was in for a shock when staff at the Toll Barn Veterinary Centre told him the delicate surgery would cost £300.
He turned down the treatment and left his fish to its fate – but had a change of mind ten minutes later and went back to give the go-ahead.
Vet Faye Bethell, 29, was then tasked with carefully administering anaesthetic before using tiny instruments to remove a lump close to the fish’s anus.
A second lump was removed from his dorsal fin before the pet was returned to water and handed back to his grateful owner.
Faye said the three inch fish made a full recovery after the 50-minute operation and it would have died if it was left untreated.
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