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Posted: March 24, 2016

This goldfish just got braces

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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A Pennsylvania veterinarian had a very creative solution for a goldfish whose jaw problems prevented it from being able to eat properly.

Dr. Brian Palmeiro at Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology crafted a small mouth brace for the goldfish, named Mr. Hot Wing, out of a piece of a credit card.

Mr. Hot Wing, who was born without a jawbone and couldn’t keep his mouth open, had been suffering from breathing problems and an inability to eat. Now, he's able to do both.

A picture of the fish with the "braces" posted on Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology's Facebook page went viral before being deleted.

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The surgery cost Mr. Hot Wing's owner around $150, Mashable reported.

Palmeiro has also performed other procedures on fish, like one on a goldfish to remove skin tumors and another on a pleco fish for which he crafted a sling to support a dislocated pectoral fin. 

One of our recent goldfish patients that came in for numerous large skin tumors. Doing great 1 week after surgery!

Posted by Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology on Friday, November 6, 2015

Alice the pleco visited us today for a dislocated right pectoral fin that wouldn't move, preventing her from going into...

Posted by Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology on Monday, November 16, 2015

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