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Goldie the puffer fish ‘thriving’ after dental visit — RT World News

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Goldie the puffer fish ‘thriving’ after dental visit — RT World News

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Unusual pet suffered from a rare condition that prevented him from eating, but now he’s doing just fine

A British vet has successfully treated a pet puffer fish that suffered from a rare disease, restoring both its ability to eat and its charming ‘smile’ during an hour-long dental operation.

The fish, named Goldie, had teeth that had grown so long it couldn’t eat. Veterinarian Daniel Calvo Carrasco realized that the problem, which had been caused by his aversion to hard-shelled foods which would have worn them down, required urgent medical intervention. He and his team at Sandhole Veterinary Center in Kent took on the challenge, which saw them sawing Goldie’s upper teeth in half.

First, they calmed the fish down by adding a mild anesthetic to its tank. Next, a veterinary nurse wrapped the patient in a damp towel to keep her from drying out. It was important that Goldie didn’t feel threatened, as puffer fish – as their name suggests – inflate their bodies to defend themselves when alarmed. The fish also needed to receive oxygen throughout the procedure.

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According to Carrasco, quoted by British media, the operation “went swimming.” It was all over in less than an hour”without any stress.“After two more hours, Goldie was eating without a problem for the first time in a long time.

His owner, Mark Byatt, described his relief, saying he had been very worried, not only that his pet would have to undergo an operation, but also because transporting a large tropical fish involves certain risks.

We are delighted to have Goldie back home. She thrives in her tank and nothing worse for her visit to the dentist,” he said.

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