A one-eyed fish is getting along swimmingly after undergoing a rare operation by at team of vets in Aberdeen.
Vets at Ardene House Vets in Kingswells welcomed an unusual patient earlier this week when Goldie the goldfish was brought in.
Goldie’s owner Nickie Ward, who is a registered veterinary nurse, noticed a concerning mass on his eye and decided to have it looked at more closely.
Nickie, 41, knew her beloved fish would be in safe hands with her colleagues at Ardene.
She said: “I noticed about a year ago that Goldie had a little white spot on his eye.
“It stayed that same for a while and didn’t look like it was infected or bothering him.
“But over time it got bigger and three weeks ago it looked like we would need to remove his eye if it got any bigger.”
The aim was to remove the mass, however, once under anaesthetic, vets Alison Cheshire and Marion Ford had a closer look and discovered that the eye could not be saved and the decision was made to remove it.
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Nickie, from Westhill, bought Goldie 10 years ago from a pet shop and said he is “very interactive”.
She added: “He comes to greet you when you get close to the fish tank and he follows you when you move around the room. I’m absolutely relieved that the surgery went well and he is totally back to normal.
“You wouldn’t even be able to notice something went wrong.”
Melanie Thomson, 27, a head nurse at the clinic, said that in 11 years of working in the field, this was “the first time” she had seen surgery like this.
She said: “When we were in surgery, we realised the eye needed to be removed totally.
“It’s a very unusual surgery and the way we administered the anaesthesia was different too.
“We couldn’t use gas for him like we do for the other animals, so we had to dilute the anaesthetic in water and run a tube into his mouth.”
Melanie said the team needed to work fast before the anaesthesia wore off and completed the surgery in 15 to 20 minutes.
She added: “We had to work quickly and finish as soon as possible because the longer under anaesthesia he stayed, the riskier it was.”
Although Goldie lost an eye, Nickie said he is no longer feeling green behind the gills and is back home and “recovering well from surgery”.
The beloved pet is none the worse for his adventure and has now been reunited with his fish tank-mate Don, who is red and white and named after Aberdeen Football Club, and he is expected to fully heal in 10 to 14 days.