PetAbility  Podcast
PetAbility Podcast
This is a must-hear podcast for pet owners wanting access to the latest in pet quality of life and longevity. Whether your pet has fur, feathers, scales or shells, Cathy and Chris believe in treating your pet as a whole, both mind and body. Continuing a collaboration that began in 2003, Cathy and Chris share the gift of gab as well as their network in the pet rehab community. Using their vast expertise as Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRPs), Cathy Symons CVT, CCRP, and Chris Cranston MPT, CCRP, offer relevant information and provocative interviews on their podcast, PetAbility. With an emphasis on mobility and independence, their show is about improving function, restoring confidence, alleviating fear, providing mental stimulation, and easing pain to help your pets live their best lives.Read on for more information about Cathy and Chris…Cathy Symons is the author of Blind Devotion: Enhancing the Lives of Blind and Visually Impaired Dogs. She was inspired to write this book after her first pug, Booda, lost his sight at the age of seven. Several years later, Cathy adopted a blind pug named Digger and wrote a children’s book, Watching Out for Digger, which she uses as a teaching tool for young children to learn about living with a disabled dog. After fifteen years of practice as a veterinary technician, Cathy went on to study canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. In 2003, Cathy was one of the first thirty-six people in the world to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Shortly thereafter, Cathy was instrumental in establishing one of the foremost veterinary rehabilitation centers in the United States, the Sterling Impression Animal Rehabilitation Center of New England. She continues to follow the latest options in pet rehabilitation, including digital thermal imaging and laser therapy, and is currently working on her third book, Senior Dogs: Maintaining Mobility and Independence. Cathy resides in the New England area with her husband and their pug, Mac. Mac is a very confident little nugget who enjoys doing nose work with his mom.Chris Cranston has 16 years of experience in pet rehabilitation. She is excited to share her knowledge and reach a wide pet-loving audience through the PetAbility podcast. Chris loves seeing that light bulb go off when educating pet owners, so a podcast seemed like a natural fit. Chris started her career as a physical therapist (PT) – with people. When she moved to the Boston area in 2002, she saw it as an opportunity to do something different, so she combined her existing PT skills with her passion for animals. Chris became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2004, one of the first 100 persons in the world to receive this certification. In addition to her CCRP designation, she has a Masters of Physical Therapy (1989) and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology (1987) from the University of Iowa. Chris had a successful mobile practice, consulted with a myriad of general practices and specialty clinics, and started the physical rehabilitation service for a large multi-specialty and emergency organization in the Greater Boston region. All this was before founding FlowDog, a stand-alone, full-service small animal physical rehab facility in Waltham, MA. In 2017, Chris sold her business to the esteemed Angell Animal Medical Center of Boston, and is now podcasting, consulting privately, conducting workshops, teaching classes and providing PT services for a local holistic veterinary practice. Of course, Chris prioritizes enriching the lives of her twin Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Julep & Baxter, through agility and other activities, while keeping her cat, Midge, from taunting them to utter frustration.
CAT-apaulting into Cat Rehab with Lillian Ciardelli, MA, ACAAB
Despite cats clearly being superior to all other beings (at least that's what the cats tell us), sometimes they need a little help from us lowly humans due to injury, disease, or genetic conditions. But how on earth do you get a cat to cooperate with a...
Sep 8
59 min
Eddie's Wheels - pet tested, pet approved!
Listen to Leslie Grinnell, owner of Eddie’s Wheels describe how she and her husband Eddie, a mechanical engineer, created their first wheelchair for their beloved dog, Buddha, over 30 years ago. This labor of love turned into a business in 1999 that has...
Aug 25
52 min
The Extraordinary Lives of 2-Legged Dogs
What do you get when you have three noses, three BIG hearts, and six legs? You get a pack of extraordinary two-legged dogs! Meet Cyrus, Lucky, and Deuce! Cyrus, a little Terrier cross from CA, is the cutest little dog with the most soulful eyes who was...
Aug 11
42 min
ToeGrips - "Traction that Travels" with Dr. Julie Buzby
The concept is simple - hard nails cannot grip hard floors - so lets add some rubber where the dog naturally grips (the grip zone at the end of their nail) to prevent them from slipping. That's what Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips do! Dr. Julie Buzby, integrative...
Jul 28
48 min
"Just Keep Swimming" - Hydrotherapy for Pets
It's just water... nope! It's therapy, conditioning, rehabilitation, and so much more!  It helps your pet's joints, muscles, and cardiovascular system. But most of all, water is fun! The properties of water (buoyancy, coefficient of friction,...
Jul 14
58 min
Right to the Point with Acupuncturist, Carol Hetherington, LicAc, MAOM, DiplOM
Imagine getting a needle stuck in your head and having a feeling of complete and utter relaxation, even euphoria. That's exactly what happens with acupuncture. It's all about stimulating the right point and it is very safe. Thereafter, a cascade of...
Jun 30
47 min
Blind Dogs with Cathy Symons, CVT, CCRP
How can we empower our blind pets to be independent and lead rich, joyful lives? Have you ever really thought about what it means to have vision or, moreover, NOT to have vision? To be blind is to be differently-abled, adjusting to a new normal - and...
Jun 16
1 hr 10 min
Home Laser Therapy with Alon Landa, CEO of MedcoVet
There may be more than one name for this modality (photobiomodulation, cold laser, therapeutic laser,) but the ONE thing Cathy and Chris can attest to is that light therapy works - they've seen it time and again before their very eyes! Laser therapy...
Jun 2
51 min
Warm Ups and Cool Downs - it's not just for the "jocks" you know!
Do you like sandwiches? We do! And not just the food kind. We like to sandwich our pet's exercise with a warm up at the beginning and a little cool down at the end. The principles of warming up and cooling down applies to ALL pets and not just the...
May 19
57 min
"Gone to the Birds" with Dr. Marge McMillan
Learn everything from head to tail feathers regarding pet birds from avian expert, Marjorie McMillan, DVM, DACVR, CCRP. As Chris becomes enlightened about birds from Dr. McMillan and Cathy, she is transformed from fearing birds to considering them as...
May 5
36 min
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