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  1. Hello everyone! A few days ago I woke up to find Lemon, my year and three month old Ranchu, with a collapsed mouth. I found a vet near where I live who can do surgery to repair it on Saturday, but I thought everyone might find it an interesting thing, since I haven't seen this or even heard of this issue before. I'm not sure if I'm even posting in the right place about this. I don't need diagnosis or anything, since he's seeing the vet soon, but it's interesting info anyway. Here's a picture of his "normal" mouth (He had a deformed mouth when I picked him up from walmart): Here is his mouth now: I hope to post pictures after the surgery. He will have to have a brace on for at least 5 days, from what I'm being told. By the way if you guys want to contribute to the cost of his surgery, I would appreciate it. https://www.gofundme.com/lemonsurgery (Let me know if I'm allowed to link to that? I'm not sure)
  2. I just found this really interesting article from 2014. I don't know if any of you have read it, but if you haven't it worth a few minutes http://time.com/3378888/goldfish-surgery/
  3. I don't know how he did it, but his knee joint is completely out place and the tendon is completely snapped We noticed three weeks ago he wasn't using his leg, waited a week, took him to the vet, they got us to give him pain killers two weeks later there was no change so we took him back, yesterday he had x-rays (Cost $380 ) And confirmed the damage. Luckily the vet is associated with a company called vetpay, so we pay a 20% deposit and then pay vetpay back in fortnightly installments. So I only had to pay 80 something yesterday. The vet wants him to have the surgery ASAP, so I'm going to be working every day for the next month to try and get the money for the deposit - the surgery will cost $1638 all up. So I need around $400 for the deposit I hate seeing him like this. It's going to be crazy working so long, I'm going to be absolutely exhausted. Why must vets be so expensive I just felt like sharing, I'm worried about him and hate that I can't just say "Ok here's the money do it whenever". He is only 8 years old and the vet reckons he has a good 10 years left in him so I know it will be worth it, and if we didn't get the surgery the bones would fuse weirdly so his joint would always be kind of swollen and he wouldn't be about to use it anyway. The vet said it's a type of injury you normally see in footballlers and waterskiers, so don't know what my little guy has being up to..
  4. i bought a calico ryukin and then reaized when he got into the QT by himself that he had one on his dorsal fin and one on his tail fin. I was sqeamish about picking it off, mostly because my tweezers could stab him if he flailed suddenly! so i had the idea to use a soft toothbrush and gently but firmly brushed off both and threw them under the microscope for educational purposes...i HOPE that's all there were! there aren't any apparent, and he got into QT from LFS within 2 hours....cross fingers! Fishy did a good job and let me brush his fins! Now his dorsal is way up and unclamped!
  5. So yesterday I had my wisdom teeth taken out. I had already had the top right taken out last year in the chair, but I had the three yesterday done under a general. They walked me into the operating theatre, and got me to lay on the bed. Put the monitors on, put the IV in, told me I might feel woozy and then next thing I know I'm waking up in recovery. The bottom two had to be cut out because they were refusing to break through the gum. So the bottom of my mouth is pretty sore. My tongue is still numb and my cheeks and neck are sore. I'm really craving something fattening like a cheeseburger but I can barely open my mouth enough to get a spoonfull of custard in at the moment. The pain killers are working wonders though, but I'm quite tired. In general not feeling as bad as I thought I would be but glad I booked two weeks annual leave from work . And hoping my tongue goes back to normal soon. I can't taste anything and it feels like I have a huge lump in my mouth
  6. I came across this NPR audio story today while searching for goldfish information. I thought it was really interesting, so I wanted to share it with you guys! Apparently a while after the procedure, the plastic tag they used came out of the fish. So they performed the procedure again, but this time using a tag that biologists use to tag wild fish with. I have not heard anything about whether the second try was successful long-term or not. If it was successful long-term, I think this may possibly be a good alternative to slings which can be irritating. Here's a link to the story, to listen click the little icon next to the word "listen". http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4494238 Here are some images of the fish. During the procedure: After; you can see the cork they attached to the tag that was inserted:
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