Some owners don't flush sick goldfish,
but seek surgery, chemo at NC State

People love their pets, but how far would you go to save a goldfish?

Veterinarians at North Carolina State University are delivering life-saving treatment, including cancer treatment and even surgery, to some finned pets.

“I don’t really think twice about it,” fish vet Dr. Greg Lewbart said Monday. “I just think, this is Teddy or this is Lucky or Tulip or Bubbles, and they’re a part of the family, and I am going to do my best to help that animal and the owner.”

Lewbart said N.C. State handles about 50 fish cases a year, from CAT scans to chemo to operations. He even makes house calls, noting that it’s easier than transporting a fish in a car.