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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.

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.

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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.

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English


Episodes

Simple & Fun Indoor Exercises

1/12/2021
Whether it's 10 degrees below or 110 degrees, there are plenty of easy, fun exercises that you can do with your pet in the comfort of your home. Cathy and Chris share some of their favorites: squats, walking backwards, high tugging, reaching, digging, front feet up, spinning, high 5s, tunnels, obstacle coursing, and happy trails!! They explain why each exercise is beneficial – maybe it strengthens your pet’s hind end or stabilizes their core or stretches their hips or makes them more aware...

Duration:00:52:45

Grooming to Maximize Health and Function with Meghan Terwilliger

12/29/2020
“Humanity over vanity!” Grooming is much more important than just making sure your pet looks pretty or smells good. Grooming is vital to maximizing your pet’s overall health and well-being. No grooming or improper grooming can lead to pain, decreased mobility, skin and ear infections, issues with thermo-regulation, poor oral hygiene, and the list goes on. Most don’t realize that the groomer is in integral part of your pet’s care team. By bringing your pet to regular grooming appointments...

Duration:00:55:05

Integrative Medicine for Pets Living with Cancer with Dr. Erica Barron

12/15/2020
It’s all about living with cancer, not dying from cancer. Dr. Erica Barron, owner of her mobile vet practice, wants the pets in her care to not just live longer, but live well. Listen as Dr. Erica describes how integrative veterinary medicine (in her case, acupuncture and herbs) aids pets with cancer to have improved energy, decreased pain, increased appetites, and overall better quality of life. Traditional cancer treatments, such as surgery or chemotherapy, can be augmented with Eastern...

Duration:00:55:03

Q & A with your Hosts, Cathy and Chris

12/1/2020
Gain additional insights into your hosts by listening to this fun and informative episode. Cathy and Chris ask each other questions that they didn't disclose to each other in advance. Chris brags about her rehab exploits with a 400 lb. sea lion named Baranov, while Cathy talks about getting punched in the face by a penguin and an unfulfilled dream of rehabbing sea turtles! Enjoy their candor and exploits in the animal world. Disclaimer The contents of the PetAbilityTM podcast are for...

Duration:00:36:32

Doggone Pain!

11/17/2020
None of us wants to think that our pets are experiencing pain. But in reality, many pets have both short-lived painful episodes throughout their lives or even chronic pain due to injury or disease as they age. So how do we know they are in pain? After all, they can’t talk to us. Throughout this episode, we discuss what signs to look for so you will be better equipped to realize what your pet is telling you. In addition, we converse about: · The definition of pain that is both physical AND...

Duration:00:47:23

“Covering” Beds – considerations for your pet’s best sleep!

11/3/2020
This show covers everything you’ve ever thought about, or NOT thought about, when it comes to your pet's bed. If you’re like us, you get a bit overwhelmed when it’s time to select the right bed for your best friend. There is more to it than size and color. We will help you come up with a checklist of considerations to aid in picking out that perfect bed: · What position does your dog sleep in? · Can they get in/out of the bed with ease? · What materials is the bed made of - both inside...

Duration:00:40:55

Ain’t Misbehavin’ with Behave Atlanta

10/20/2020
PetAbility teams up with Behave Atlanta to explore how trainers and behaviorists intersect with physical rehabilitation so that pets may live their best lives. Have you really ever thought about how your pet’s emotional health might affect their physical health? Or why it may be important, even vital, to have a well-trained, emotionally balanced pet? Skills such as leash manners, a strong recall, and drop it/leave it can be the difference between life and death. And a well-behaved pet means...

Duration:00:57:15

Believing in Grieving with Laurie Levine, LMHC

10/6/2020
If you’ve ever had the profound pleasure of loving a pet, you’ve undoubtedly experienced grief when they pass. But the loss of a pet is distinctive because our relationship with our pets is unique: non-verbal, ever-present, physical in nature, and full of unconditional love. We often have longterm and intense relationships with our pets that we have with no other human on earth. So to feel grief when our pet dies is real, wrenching, and normal. Laurie Levine helps us to understand how this...

Duration:00:56:47

Prosthetics and Orthotics with OrthoPets founder, Martin Kaufmann

9/22/2020
"It's always about the one." Those are the words from founder, Martin Kaufman, of OrthoPets. After helping more than 25,000 pets world-wide since its inception in 2003, Martin is still driven by serving that next pet in need. This podcast is packed with information: starting with describing what an orthotic (brace) and prosthetic (replacement limb segment) are, to learning if your pet might be a candidate, to the team-supported ordering process, and finally helping your pet adjust. Our pets...

Duration:01:04:11

CAT-apaulting into Cat Rehab with Lillian Ciardelli, MA, ACAAB

9/8/2020
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 physical rehabilitation program? Anybody who knows anything about cats, knows that a cat isn't going to do anything he or she doesn't want to, right? WRONG! Listen as professional animal behaviorist Lillian Ciardelli tells the story of Sal, a...

Duration:00:59:35

Eddie's Wheels, "pet tested, pet approved!" with Leslie Grinnell

8/25/2020
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 manufactured over 25,000 custom mobility carts for pets! The patented unique welded saddle distinguishes Eddie’s Wheels from other carts, and they now have over 2,500 saddle designs. It is akin to riding a bike vs. hanging in a rock climbing...

Duration:00:52:09

The Extraordinary Lives of 2-Legged Dogs with differently-abled dog enthusiast, Domenick Scudera

8/11/2020
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 born with only hind limbs. Lucky is from Egypt and was left for dead on the street after likely being hit by a car, and has only front limbs. Then there's Deuce, who runs with a pack of able-bodied dogs at the dog park on only his right front...

Duration:00:42:32

ToeGrips - "Traction that Travels" with Dr. Julie Buzby

7/28/2020
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 veterinarian, doesn't sell just these little toenail rings, she sells hope! Listen as she passionately discusses the instant transformation ToeGrips can provide with fear-free movement. Your dog can go from an anxious posture to one of...

Duration:00:48:37

"Just Keep Swimming" - Hydrotherapy for Pets

7/14/2020
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, hydrostatic pressure, temperature) are so unique that hydrotherapy is considered the "gold standard" of animal rehabilitation. So no matter what you call it, it's not just water! Learn the differences between swimming in a therapeutic pool and walking in...

Duration:00:58:33

Right to the Point with Acupuncturist, Carol Hetherington, LicAc, MAOM, DiplOM

6/30/2020
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 processes are triggered in the body that signals the body to heal itself. Acupuncture "makes suggestions" to the natural healing powers that lie within. Effective at addressing pain, acupuncture also works synergistically with medications to...

Duration:00:47:32

Blind Dogs with Cathy Symons, CVT, CCRP

6/16/2020
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 it's your job to help your dog "see" that! When your dog loses vision it can be devastating. Cathy knows because she has lived with TWO blind dogs. Dogs are incredible at adapting (better than we are!), and you can aid them in the transition...

Duration:01:10:31

Home Laser Therapy with Alon Landa, CEO of MedcoVet

6/2/2020
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 gained tremendous traction in veterinary medicine and pet rehabilitation over the past decade. This effective, simple-to-use, affordable, non-invasive treatment is now moving into the hands of the pet owner - at home! Listen to the CEO of...

Duration:00:51:10

Warm Ups and Cool Downs - it's not just for the "jocks" you know!

5/19/2020
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 athletes. Listen and learn what it means to actively warm up your pet. Will it prevent injuries? YES! Will it take long? NO! Will my pet enjoy it? YES! Even more importantly, will I enjoy it? YES! Do I have to be an expert trainer (either physical...

Duration:00:57:10

"Gone to the Birds" with Dr. Marge McMillan

5/5/2020
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 part of her household menagerie! Here are just a few of the facts revealed during this installment geared toward both the educated bird lover and novice wanting to grasp more. Did you know that some birds eat from their owner's table? That their...

Duration:00:36:21

Mobility Carts - That's How We Roll

4/21/2020
Wheelchairs, mobility carts, wheels and rides! It's not the end, but rather a new lease on life! But Cathy and Chris realize that taking that step can be a big one. For some, committing to a wheelchair may be daunting. For others, providing independence and freedom to their pet is a no-brainer. Whatever your situation, needs, or goals, Chris and Cathy will help you to navigate the world of pet wheelchairs so you can make the most informed decision about what may be right for you and your...

Duration:01:02:22