It is no secret that people really love their pets. While you might do anything to save your four-legged friend, would you do anything to rescue your goldfish? One Australian woman didn’t think twice when it came to saving the life of her one-year-old goldfish.
Emma Marsh may of bought her fish, Conquer, for $12, but he has ended up costing her about $500 after requiring life-saving surgery.
It all began when Marsh noticed Conquer was acting funny. She realized the tiny fish had attempted to swallow a pebble and it had become stuck in his airway. No matter how hard the fish worked to free the pebble, it wouldn’t budge. Marsh knew if the obstruction wasn’t removed, Conquer would eventually starve to death.
She moved him to a portable tank and headed to the local veterinary office, Brisband Bird and Exotics, where the staff began to work to save the fish’s life.
First, they added anesthetic to the water in his bowl. Once the animal was sedated, the veternarian used a small tool to carefully remove the pebble. Conquer was then moved to a tank with fresh water and slowly came back to.
“After the pebble was dislodged, we moved Conquer into a recovery tank that contains clean water, free from anesthetic,” Brisbane Bird and Exotics wrote on Facebook. “This allowed him to recover uneventfully. He went home the next day and so far has stayed out of any more trouble!”
In the end, Marsh was left with a bill totaling about $500. However, the devoted pet owner didn’t hesitate to pay the bill. She was just happy that her fish was still alive. Conquer may just be a goldfish, but he is still an important pet.
“I treat fish like they’re any other pet,” she told The Dodo.