We do a LOT for our pets. But do FISH count?

Last week, a couple in Melbourne, Australia noticed their pet goldfish George was having trouble breathing. And their other fish were picking on him.

Now, George is ten years old, so you'd think their first instinct would be to make sure the toilet was working properly, because that's probably where most people would send him.

Instead, they took him to the vet who saw that George had a massive tumor on one of his gills. By "massive", we mean it was about the size of a grape. For a three-ounce goldfish, that's pretty big.

He told George's owners that it would be risky, but for $200, he could try to perform a potentially life-saving operation and remove the tumor and they went for it.

The vet laid George out on a table, fed him water through a tube that was spiked with an anesthetic to knock him out, and started cutting. We're happy to report that the 45-minute surgery was a complete success.

George is now back home in his tank recovering.

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