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Things people do for their fishes: 2016 edition

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 24, 2016 09:00 AM
A common goldfish is born without its lower jawbone, making it difficult for the fish to open his mouth (kind of important to breath and eat). Instead of euthanasia, his owner and vet decide to fix a prosthetic "brace" to improve the quality of life for this finned friend.
Things people do for their fishes: 2016 edition

Photo by Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology/Facebook

Meet Mr. Hot Wing.  This goldfish was born without a lower jawbone.  Without this bone, a fish can not fully open its mouth, which is a big problem when it comes to eating foods and pumping fresh water to the gills. There is a good reason why goldfish constantly open and close their mouth!

So his owner brings him to Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology (Allenton, Pennsylvania).  There, veteranrian Brian Palmeiro decided to fabricate and surgically install a jaw brace for Mr. Hot Wing to prop his mouth open.  The entire procedure costs $150 USD ... for a $1 fish, mind you.

Sure, Mr. Hot Wing looks a bit weird now.  But hey, it's better than suffocating and starving.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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