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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.

Recent Episodes

Petiquette: Manners Matter with Amy Campbell, CPDT-KAJuly 13, 2021 Episode artwork Hip Dysplasia with Dr. Michelle PowersJune 29, 2021 Episode artwork How to Pick Up Chicks and Other Chick Tips with "The Chicken Lady," Gretchen MunafoJune 15, 2021 Episode artwork Heat vs Ice: When to use what?June 01, 2021 Episode artwork Environmental Enrichment for Cats with Tenara Kuznezov, CVT May 16, 2021 Episode artwork Cats: From Whiskers to Tail! with Tenara Kuznezov, CVTMay 04, 2021 Episode artwork Hind Limb Passive Range of Motion: There's Nothing Passive About It!April 20, 2021 Episode artwork CCL Tears with Dr. Mary Ann NievesApril 06, 2021 Episode artwork Bowls - To Raise or Not To Raise...March 23, 2021 Episode artwork Vestibular Dysfunction with Dr. Gena SilverMarch 09, 2021 Episode artwork Everything puppies! with Kristy Williams, CVT, CCFTFebruary 23, 2021 Episode artwork Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome with Dr. Bronwyn RiggsFebruary 09, 2021 Episode artwork The Power of Passive Range of Motion for the Front LimbJanuary 26, 2021 Episode artwork Simple & Fun Indoor ExercisesJanuary 12, 2021 Episode artwork Grooming to Maximize Health and Function with Meghan TerwilligerDecember 29, 2020 Episode artwork Integrative Medicine for Pets Living with Cancer with Dr. Erica Barron December 15, 2020 Episode artwork Q & A with your Hosts, Cathy and ChrisDecember 01, 2020 Episode artwork Doggone Pain!November 17, 2020 Episode artwork “Covering” Beds – considerations for your pet’s best sleep!November 03, 2020 Episode artwork Ain’t Misbehavin’ with Behave AtlantaOctober 20, 2020 Episode artwork Believing in Grieving with Laurie Levine, LMHCOctober 06, 2020 Episode artwork Prosthetics and Orthotics with OrthoPets founder, Martin KaufmannSeptember 22, 2020 Episode artwork CAT-apaulting into Cat Rehab with Lillian Ciardelli, MA, ACAABSeptember 08, 2020 Episode artwork Eddie's Wheels, "pet tested, pet approved!" with Leslie GrinnellAugust 25, 2020 Episode artwork The Extraordinary Lives of 2-Legged Dogs with differently-abled dog enthusiast, Domenick ScuderaAugust 11, 2020 Episode artwork