Jennifer Pottruff DO(EU), NMD, DBM, RH, CEMT, VND Degrees : Doctor of Osteopathy (EU), Doctor of Veterinary Naturopathy Animal Manual Osteopath, Animal Herbalist, Certified Equine Massage Therapist
I am currently provide in home osteopathic/massage sessions. I am available by email for herbal medicine consultations.
Equine & Canine Massage Therapists & Animal Manual Osteopaths are animal health professionals that use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, massage techniques, joint play and vertebral realignment to improve an animals physical well being. Equine & Canine massage therapists utilize hands-on techniques to relax muscles, stimulate circulation, and enhance range of motion in animals. Equine & Canine Massage Therapists & Animal Manual Osteopaths develop and implement a plan based on the individual animals needs. Massage & Osteopathy is a natural system that views the individual as a functioning whole. Using very precise non-invasive manipulative techniques to assess and work with the restrictive mechanisms which prevent the various parts of the body from fulfilling their natural function. They focuses on the cause of pain and dysfunction rather than concentrating only on the symptoms. The aim is to restore mobility and proper function to every system in a body experiencing dysfunction and restriction allowing normal interrelationships between systems. Animals, just like us, have aches, pains, compete in sports, run and play. They need coordination, balance and strength to do so. Massage and osteopathy can prevent injuries by increasing range of motion and flexibility, reduce injury recovery time, enhance their athletic ability, relax the nervous system and help to eliminate waste from their system.
Just as herbs have been used for people, Animal Herbalists use herbs for animals, taking what nature has provided us to empower owners to give their animals a stronger foundation for their health. Herbs & Flower remedies offer a safe, natural healing option for our animals. They are wonderful for First Aid, as well as working holistically (body, mind and soul). They encourage the body to activate its own innate healing mechanism using plants as Nature intended. Instead of using ready-made products, every herbal formula is made for the specific animal, making it a very individualized formula. All remedies are handmade with the highest quality herbal extracts. Animals in their natural state, eat a wide variety of grasses, grains, leaves, roots, barks and herbs. It is however, rare for animals to be able to roam and find medicinal herbs to consume on their own. If animals can’t help themselves, we have to help them. The fastest way to bring your animal back to balanced health, is through the ancient art of herbs. Animal Herbalists have knowledge to help you choose the appropriate safe herbs.
How do you Choose your Equine Massage Therapist? Today, there are many equine massage therapists around. They have different titles : Registered Equine Massage Therapist, Certified Equine Massage Therapist, Equine Sports Massage Therapist, etc. It is hard to know which professional to choose. As a Certified Equine Massage Therapist, Animal Manual Osteopath, Animal Herbalist, and past Veterinary Assistant, I have extensive conventional and holistic animal healthcare training, plus the additional training in human osteopathy and natural & holistic medicine. Having earned my Doctor of Osteopathy, Doctor of Botanical Medicine, Doctor of Natural Medicine and soon Doctor of Natural Animal Science & Doctor of Naprapathy, I can bring a truly holistic healthcare program to both you and your horse. In the UK, it is common to see an Osteopath & Herbalist treating a horse, and then after treating the owner/rider. This will allow both to work together as a graceful team.
Initial Visit (horse up to 1.5 hours, dog/cat up to 1 hour) In home/barn appointment. A detailed health history will be taken of your animal, focusing on the signs and symptoms of the current condition. It will also be helpful to have details of your animal's past medical history along with any other investigations (scans and x-rays for example), operations or medications. A physical assessment will then be done. The assessment will include watching your animal in motion. This will allow me to observe their gait and look for any issues. This will be followed by a hands on assessment, which will look for any muscular or bony restrictions. Also, areas of inflammation and tenderness will be noted. I will check the motion of their joints, palpate various muscles, ligaments and tendons to learn about the tone of their tissues (their strength and tension), and whether there are any restrictions. We will then do an osteopathic/massage session. This can include any of the following : massage, stretching, joint play, vertebral realignment and reiki. In the case of herbal consultations, information on any herbs and species appropriate diet will be discussed. Length of treatment will be determined by your animal. There is always the possibility that they may not want treatment or that they may be aggravated by external factors. Treatment is at the discretion of the animal and Jennifer will let you know if she has any concerns during a treatment.
Follow-up (horse approx. 1 hour , dog/cat 45 mins) nope home/barn appointment. Follow-up appointments are booked according to each case (every 2-6 weeks depending on the issue). Here we will evaluate how the treatment plan has been working for your pet and make any changes that are necessary in the frequency of sessions, herbs and dietary recommendations. At this time you should advise of any new symptoms that may have come up since the last appointment. This will allow us to see the progress we are making. Again, there is always the possibility that they may not want treatment or that they may be aggravated by external factors. Treatment is at the discretion of the animal and the therapist. Jennifer will let you know if she notes any concerns during a treatment.
Holistic Healthcare Fees : All fees must be paid at time of service.
Dog/Cat Initial Consultation $115 Follow-up Visit (45 mins) $75 * Follow-up (6 months+ since last visit) $95 *Please note, there is a mileage fee of 50⍧/km for 20km or more travelled to your home outside the Brantford area*
Horse (Barn Calls) Initial Consultation $150 Follow-up Visit $110 * Follow-up (6 months+ since last visit) $125 *Please note, there is a mileage fee of 50⍧/km for 20km or more travelled to your barn outside the Brantford area*
Animal Herbal Consultation Initial Consultation $115 Follow-up Visit (45 mins) $75 * Follow-up (6 months+ since last visit) $95 *Please note, there is a mileage fee of 50⍧ for 20km or more travelled to your home outside the Brantford area or book your online herbal consultation.*
Please provide me with at least 24 hrs notice of any change to the appointment time. Cancellations less than 24 hours notice will be charged a non cancellation fee, the full appointment price.
Please note: Massage & Osteopathic care is never a substitute for veterinary care. Be sure to always get a health check from your animals veterinarian prior to seeking massage or osteopathic therapy. A licensed veterinarian or animal massage therapist/manual osteopath, with the appropriate training, should be the only ones performing the musculoskeletal mobilizations on animals.