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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.

Therapeutic Massage with Samantha Hankey, CVTNovember 29, 2022 Episode artwork Behavior Analysis with Dr. Terri BrightNovember 15, 2022 Episode artwork Ramps vs. Stairs - Which is Right for your Pet?November 01, 2022 Episode artwork A Really "Hip" Show with Dr. Kechia DavisOctober 18, 2022 Episode artwork Shock Wave Therapy with Dr. Jennifer VitucciOctober 04, 2022 Episode artwork Canine Cognition with Emily Bray, PhDSeptember 20, 2022 Episode artwork Pet Emergencies: There's an App for That! with Dr. Matthew Minson and Mr. Jacorey BrownSeptember 06, 2022 Episode artwork Similarities and Differences of Physical Therapy for People and Physical Rehabilitation for Animals with Chris Cranston, MPT, CCRPAugust 23, 2022 Episode artwork Pet Bird Rehab with Cathy Symons, CVT, CCRPAugust 09, 2022 Episode artwork Senior Dog Fitness with Lisa Schmitt, PhD, CCFT, CPMPJuly 26, 2022 Episode artwork Wobbly Cat Syndrome with Suzi LangerJuly 12, 2022 Episode artwork Further Down the Rabbit Hole with Doreen Reynolds-Consolati; Part IIJune 28, 2022 Episode artwork Rabbits, Bunnies, and Hares - Oh My!! with Doreen Reynolds-Consolati; Part 1June 14, 2022 Episode artwork Rooting for Austin Roo, the Inspiring 2-Legged Pup from the Bissell Commercial!, with Ed SiscoMay 31, 2022 Episode artwork Massage: Getting the FEEL for it!May 17, 2022 Episode artwork Pet Fitness with Rich Allen, FounderMay 03, 2022 Episode artwork Wink, the Incredibull!!!, with Anneliese DeAragonApril 19, 2022 Episode artwork Fear Free: Taking the Pet out of Petrified with Lori ChamberlandApril 05, 2022 Episode artwork Pet Hospice with Dr. Becky SchoenbergMarch 22, 2022 Episode artwork Enrichment with Amanda Shyne, PhDMarch 08, 2022 Episode artwork Vital Vet with Ilaria Borghese, CEO and Co-FounderFebruary 22, 2022 Episode artwork Inflammation, Your Frenemy!February 08, 2022 Episode artwork Tripawds with Jim Nelson and Rene AgredanoJanuary 25, 2022 Episode artwork Save Dogs From Drowning with HedzUpPets Watercollars with Lynne and KelliJanuary 11, 2022 Episode artwork Getting "Schooled" on Fish Rescue with Gwendolyn ChurchDecember 28, 2021 Episode artwork