Goldfish surgery is not an uncommon occurrence in veterinary offices that take piscine pets, but the surgery usually involves procedures to get the fish swimming in an upright fashion or to remove a large growth from the fish’s body. In one instance, brain surgery was successfully performed on a goldfish in Australia. But fish braces? There’s a first for everything.
A goldfish named Mr. Hot Wing will hopefully be able to eat better after a veterinarian in Allentown, Pennsylvania, built the fish a custom set of fish braces in what could be the first instance of fish orthodontics.
The goldfish was brought into Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology because its owners said it was having trouble breathing and could not eat, according to ABC7 New York.
It turned out the fish was born without a lower jawbone, which made it difficult for the fish to do what fish normally do.
So after a lot of research, Dr. Brian Palmeiro, a veterinarian at Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology who specializes in pet fish medicine, built Mr. Hot Wing a custom set of fish braces made out of cut up credit card pieces and some plastic string to help keep the fish’s mouth open. The total cost for the custom fish braces? A whopping $150. Hopefully there won’t be any more trips to the orthodontist for Mr. Hot Wing.