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PetAbility Podcast

PetAbility

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 20 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 rehabilitation facility in Waltham, MA. In 2017, Chris sold her business to the esteemed Angell Animal Medical Center of Boston, and is now podcasting, consulting for a tech company in the veterinary space, providing concierge mobile pet rehab, and working getting a product to market that will help our pets. Of course, Chris prioritizes enriching the lives of her twin Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Julep & Baxter, while indulging in all the snuggles they are willing to share with her!

Episodes
Rehab Rewind-A Really "Hip" Show with Dr. Kechia DavisJuly 09, 2024
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Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome - Who, What, and Why!June 25, 2024
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Rehab Rewind- Believing in Grieving with Laurie Levine LMHC June 11, 2024
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Healing Through Horses with Kelly DukarskiMay 28, 2024
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Measuring Pain in Pets with Katie Hickey of PainTraceMay 14, 2024
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Handicapped Pets Foundation with Suzi Langer, PresidentApril 30, 2024
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Special Needs Animal Rescue League with Christina PowellApril 16, 2024
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Rehab Rewind!! Ramps vs. Stairs - Which is Right for your Pet?April 02, 2024
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Pet Hospice & Palliative Care - A Rehabber's Perspective with Cathy Symons, CVT, CCRPMarch 19, 2024
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Feed is NOT Food with Dr. Judy MorganMarch 05, 2024
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Pets Are Family - an Impactful Approach to Pet Loss with Erika Sinner, Dog Mom, Author, & CEOFebruary 20, 2024
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Management of Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Injuries with Dr. Christin FinnFebruary 06, 2024
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Understanding the Iliopsoas Muscle in Dogs with Laurie Edge-HughesJanuary 23, 2024
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Military Dogs: When Vets Become Pets with Bob Bryant, Mission K9 RescueJanuary 09, 2024
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Pausing for Paws!December 26, 2023
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DogLeggs Shoulder Stabilization System with Ben Blecha, MPO, CPODecember 12, 2023
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Exploring the World of Animal Communication with Danielle MacKinnonNovember 28, 2023
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Making Simple Movements into Exercise with Bobbie LyonsNovember 14, 2023
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Pig "Tales" from Care to Quirks! with Susan Armstrong-MagidsonOctober 31, 2023
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Pain-Driven Aggression in Dogs with Ran Courant-Morgan and Stephanie Keesey-PhelanOctober 17, 2023
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Elbow Dysplasia 101 with Dr. Marjorie McMillanOctober 03, 2023
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Check Your Pups For Lumps & Bumps with Patty RamirezSeptember 19, 2023
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The Healing Purr-spective of Cat Physical RehabilitationSeptember 05, 2023
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Patellar Luxation - What you "Kneed" to Know! with Dr. Karen PastorAugust 22, 2023
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That's a (Cat) Wrap! with Dr. Surell LevineAugust 08, 2023
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