Hi! My name is Brenda Utzerath.
I am a certified small animal acupressure practitioner. I received my advance practitioner degree through the worldwide and well-renowned Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute in Larkspur, CO. I am also knowledgeable in massage therapy, herbal remedies, flower essences, essential oils, crystal healing, natural feeding, and animal hospice. I am also certified in Pet Food Nutrition, and I am in the home stretch in achieving my Naturopathic Small Animal Health Coaching Certification.
I began this journey back in 2005, after adopting my Great Dane, Guinness, when he was 18 months old. He was healthy and happy. But his medical records did not come with him so there was no paper trail that proved he was appropriately vaccinated. He was re-vaccinated by our well-meaning allopathic (Western trained) veterinarian, which threw his body into a major autoimmune reaction—the beginning of our journey together to reinstate his health and well-being.
Guinness and I were introduced to holistic veterinary medicine, which helped him recover from the initial, potentially life shortening issues such as severe skin and food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, and other gastrointestinal issues. He was doing better, but he was far from stabilized and well.
After witnessing Guinness' unexpected recovery, I started my senior dog, Maddy, on regular acupuncture sessions to help her age more comfortably. She had begun to show signs of aging—loss of hearing, slower movements, some restlessness and anxiety. She had also blown out her cranial cruciate ligament (CCL in her knee) at the age of 11, which I knew was causing her some pain. At her age, I was afraid to put her through surgery, and opted for other less invasive treatments, which included acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Then, because of a end-stage liver failure diagnosis in Guinness in 2012, we turned to homeopathy and found a new option for better health and another miraculous healing began. Maddy passed away in January of 2014 at the age of nearly 17, and Guinness followed her later that year at the age of almost 11.
Today I share my life and love with Minnie Beatrice, another Great Dane, who is profoundly affected by a single rabies vaccines coupled with too many “puppy shots.” For Minnie, homeopathy, guided by our very skilled veterinary homeopath partners is a major part of her veterinary care. We do have a trusted conventional veterinary in our area, too. So the journey continues.
I am not a veterinarian. You need to have one that you can partner with and who will work with you as your animal's advocate--especially for acute issues such as poisoning, broken bones, sudden paralysis, and things that are immediately life threatening. But there are many many things that I can do to help you and your pet in conjunction with or even outside of conventional medicine. And, I am happy to partner with your trusted veterinarian. Together we can do really great things!
I am as much a teacher as I am a supportive nurturer. You might choose to work with me to learn more about natural wellness and natural feeding, creating healthy immune systems (to alleviate allergies and arthritis for example), or for learning some simple remedies for common complaints like "garbage gut" (when your dog gets into the trash), or if he gets stung by a bee. There are many things you can do for your dog, at home, when you are knowledgeable and prepared. My services aren't "get a pill and be done." My services are meant to help you learn how to address issues and illnesses that arise in your dog, and to see them as a whole being rather than just the illness. It's a "whole health system" approach. It takes commitment, consistency, and time. If you are in a hurry, likely my work is not for you.
I look forward to working with you and your animal to contribute to years of health, wellness, and shared companionship.
Brenda Utzerath and Minnie Beatrice, Great Dane
Certified Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner
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