Dixie came into my life three years ago, I was her foster mum originally, but I knew pretty quickly that it was only the beginning for us. She had been surrendered to a shelter due to some issues she had with her legs. She had been hit by a car when she was a puppy, and her front legs hadn’t healed correctly meaning she had a limp and would often trip or fall over causing her joints to flare-up with inflammation and become painful and stiff.
I was meant to be fostering her for one week until the vet could do a full assessment of her legs and decide if operating would be the best course of action. She was the sweetest most gentle giant, and I knew by day three, that I wanted to adopt her and would do whatever I could to ensure she was pain-free and able to live her best doggy life.
After the vet did a full assessment, she warned me that although they could operate on her legs, it would be a costly exercise and her recovery would be slow. They also couldn’t guarantee that the operation would be successful. My parents thought I was crazy, but I knew I had to try. Two weeks later I was dropping Dixie off to have the first of the operations she had to have.
I did A LOT of research on natural remedies and alternative products that I could give her to help support her body in its recovery. Two things that kept coming back up were; Turmeric and Probiotics. I delved deeper into my research and found an Australian supplier of Organic Turmeric, and they also made a Pet Probiotic – JACKPOT!
Dixie’s recovery was slow but not nearly as slow as the vet predicted, at her two-weeks post-op check-up the vet was impressed by how quickly the swelling had gone down and that there was very little inflammation. She was also surprised that Dixie hadn’t reacted (diarrhoea) to the antibiotics. I explained that she had Probiotics in her breakfast and Golden Paste in her dinner every night.
Dixie recovered well and is as active as any other five-year-old pooch at the beach. She does still get a little stiff when the weather is cooler but other than that; you would have no idea that this beautiful girl almost lost her life because of her legs.