Kizzy is an eight-year-old Border Terrier cross who has always been full of energy and clearly enjoys life, that is until around two years ago. Kizzy began to suffer bouts of diarrhoea and constipation with pain and vomiting. After going back and forth from the vet, multiple tests and a lot of money later, they found she was suffering from pancreatitis. However, they had no idea as to what was causing it.
March 2016 my vet referred us to a Specialist vet practice in Surrey, where my poor girl had ultrasounds, blood and neurological tests, anything to try and find an answer. I would pay anything to improve Kizzy's quality of life but this visit cost me £2000 and the tests didn't reveal anything we didn't already know.
Throughout the year Kizzy became more and more withdrawn, refusing to play or go out for walks. I could see she was depressed and I didn't know what to do. January 2017 Kizzy ruptured her Cruciate ligament in her right knee and I now needed to think about subjecting her to surgery even though she was unwell. We went ahead with the operation and she has healed well, but because of her pancreatitis, there were a lot of pain medications she couldn't be prescribed.
Thankfully her leg healed well and in that sense, she was back to normal, but not the way I know her. The following months until July 2017, Kizzy's condition only got worse, until she was bleeding heavily out of her backside both randomly and when she went to the bathroom. Again I was taking her to the vet several times a week with vomiting, bleeding, pain and discomfort not to mention the constant dehydration. She was eventually diagnosed with Colitis. It was found that pancreatitis had been reactive, the inflammation in her little tummy was disrupting everything.
Now we had a diagnosis we could treat it, she was prescribed daily steroids (something we tried to put off as long as possible) fibre pellets, and Zitac to try and reduce the vomiting. It was also recommended that I buy vet approved prescription food for her. I was incredibly hopeful and went on with the best of intentions. However, Kizzy wasn't having any of it. She refused the grey coloured, bland smelling food and would go days without eating and despite all the medications, she was still passing blood and mucus, she was becoming thin and I truly worried about her quality of her life and future.
What I found incredibly hard was feeling as though I had to choose between feeding her a food that was essentially a poison to her little body or letting her starve, it was breaking my heart.
Then on one of my regular visits to my local Pets at Home store, I unloaded all my concerns onto a member of staff who was trained in pet nutrition. She recommended Pure pet food, something I had never heard of before.
I bought a large box as I had this feeling that it would be a success, I was excited to see if Kizzy approved. And she did, Kizzy took to the food immediately and has never failed to leave an empty bowl. The food looks and smells appetising and she seems to like the warm temperature especially now it's getting colder.
It sounds like a fantasy rather than fact but Kizzy is now totally medication free, she no longer passes blood and is regular in her bathroom habits. I haven't seen her out of pain this long since her symptoms began and she has all her energy back. Pure has also helped Kizzy to maintain a healthy weight, which is fantastic for the metal plates in her leg.
The sparkle is back in her eye and she is enjoying life, which gives me nothing but pleasure.
I can't thank you enough for developing pure, it has changed both mine and Kizzy's life beyond measure. (and saving my bank balance too)
I now recommend pure to everyone I come across.
Bethany Russell and Kizzy