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Vet successfully removes large tumour from a pet goldfish

Doyle underwent a fifteen minute surgery to remove the tumour.

A vet has successfully carried out an operation to remove a large tumour from a pet goldfish.

Ed Moss, a vet at Williams Veterinary Surgery in Barmouth, visited the goldfish - called Doyle - at home after he was called by its worried owners.

After diagnosing a tumour, he decided the fish should go under the knife - despite having never carried out such a procedure on a goldfish in his 10-year career.

He said the operation lasted about fifteen minutes.

The vet said Doyle is now recovering ''nicely''.

This was a first for me. Goldfish have a lifespan of around 10 years but we don't see cases like this very often. My colleague had once removed a mass from the gill of a piranha some years ago so I asked how they had approached it. I did lots of research too but it ended up being quite straight forward. The whole operation only lasted around 15 minutes from start to finish.

– Ed Moss, Vetinarian

The fantail fish, believed to be older than five, was first put into a small induction tank containing anaesthetic before being moved into a shallow tray containing water while Ed removed the tumour and put in three tiny stitches.

A veterinary nurse was on hand throughout to squirt water through Doyle's mouth to keep him oxygenated.

But due to the rarity of the situation and the fact that many people would typically not go to such lengths for their goldfish, the cost to Doyle's owners was less than £100.

The vet said Doyle is now recovering ''nicely''.