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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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Doggone Pain!

Doggone Pain!

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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 emotional·         What body language to look for that may be indicative of pain·         Unrecognized or overlooked sources of pain·         Acute vs. chronic pain·         How pain is different than suffering·         Signs of pain in cats·         Sick bird syndrome·         Unique characteristics of northern dog breeds·         Importance of controlling our own emotional reactions to our pet’s pain·         Keeping a pain journal·         Simple things to do if you suspect your pet has pain·         Signs of inflammationSo pain is a necessary evil that we and our pets both deal with. Empower yourself to help your pet!DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 and out?·                        Is it washable?·                        Does this bed warm or cool your pet?·                        Is it durable?·                        Is it suitable for outdoors?·                        Does it have a liner?·                        Is the cover removable?Click here for more information on DogLeggs.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 they can  join you on exciting adventures out in the community, further enhancing the bond between you. We also discuss  how stress impacts your pet’s health and how to recognize the signs of stress,  including cortisol spikes. Heck, what is cortisol and why should you care? How do you keep your dog below their threshold by creating a Zen zone or taking a cortisol vacation? And did you know that your stress level can actually be mirrored by your pet? Yikes! Finally, think how different a visit to the vet might be if it was a wonderfully positive experience because they enjoy everything from the car ride there to being handled for their physical exam.  We think after listening to this episode, you will not only see your pet differently and focus on their emotional well-being in addition to physical well-being. Just like humans,  body and soul cannot be compartmentalized – each impacts the other.Click here to learn more about Amy and Lillian, owners of Behave Atlanta.Read this article Article about stress being contagious between people and their dogs.Learn more about the Sleepy Pod cat (pet) bed/carrier/car seat that is mentioned in the podcast.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 loss can feel invisible in a society that has difficulty with death and dying, thus grieving the loss of a pet can feel very lonely. Laurie explains that grief is the other side of love. Pet grief is different; it is not a linear process, but a journey. In this episode we discuss the emotions of relief, guilt, and even embarrassment when our pet dies. Laurie discusses the importance of memorializing our pets and gives advice on rituals to help us through the grieving process. Sudden death vs. prolonged decline - how does this impact grief? Is there such a thing as anticipatory grief? What is a good death? How is euthanasia not only a responsibility, but also a gift? Finally, how can we support others who are grieving the loss of their pet?Laurie offers phone, virtual, or personal sessions, as well as drop-in support groups in Arlington, MA, at SleepyDogVeterinary.P: 781-350-8219E: missmypets@gmail.comDisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
"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 naturally have the willingness and determination to succeed despite physical challenges they may face. We will discuss OrthoPets' most-requested and far superior custom knee brace for treatment of cruciate ligament tears as well as  custom braces for elbows, wrists/paws, ankles/paws, and shoulders. Listen to how Naki'o, a dog who lost all of his limbs to frostbite, thrived after receiving four prosthetic limbs (first ever!) and simultaneously transformed Martin's thought processes. We'll even talk about the orthotic for a goat named Jerry! Yes, a goat! The bottom line is that orthotics for an injury and prosthetics for a partially missing limb are all about improving function, decreasing pain, and  making mobility easier.  And we have the opportunity and responsibility to provide an improved quality of life for them via an orthotic or prosthetic. Let's do this together!Click here for more information about OrthoPetsOrthoPets Facebook linkOrthoPets Instagram link Link to the ACORN Stifle Study done by University of Louisville here showing the effectiveness of one of OrthoPets most popular devices. DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 rescue cat who had a front-limb amputation and hip surgery at the same time due to a trauma! Yes, Sal had a bit of a rough start in life, but Lillian applied her behavior training to the vet's prescribed rehabilitation plan, using Sal's natural  cat instincts and her own creativity for a successful outcome! She examined everything from his play style to what motivates him while being careful to avoid  stress. Turns out cats are highly trainable and benefit from physical rehabilitation after all.Click here to learn more about Lillian and her business, Behave Atlanta, LLC.Click here to read Lillian's article about Sal's rehab including pictures and video!Click here for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 harness, allowing your pet to experience consistency and start from a point of stability. Serving special dogs all around the world from 2 to 240 pounds, Eddie’s Wheels restores independence for every animal customer. But wait, it doesn’t end there! The company has created a cart with a variable axel that adjusts as your pet ages or their disease progresses. They make carts for dogs with amputations or simply needing a little assist after cruciate surgery. They can accommodate any skeleton (learn about Harry!).  Not only do these carts work for dogs, cats, and rabbits, but also aardvarks!! What? Listen to learn how a cart might give you or someone you know, their dog back. A cart isn’t the end, but rather a new beginning as mobility and independence is restored. Click here to learn all about Eddie’s Wheels.Click here to learn about Harry!DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 and right hind limbs. Although Cyrus and Lucky have wheelchairs to assist their mobility, their owner, Domenick Scudera, says Deuce pulls him on leash with his sturdy, solid, and stable frame. All are certified therapy dogs and all are Domenick's family pets. He and his dogs are on a mission to inspire and give hope to people who are experiencing similar challenges. These dogs dispel misconceptions and provide joy to all who meet them. According to Domenick, they are like "regular dogs" at home, with all the same routines because "dogs only know what they have, not what they don't." There are many life lessons to learn from these dogs, if we take the time to listen and learn. Follow the pack on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok.Click here to learn more about Living with Dogs with Disabilities.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 confidence as they navigate their environment wearing ToeGrips. No longer trapped on the "carpet island" because their traction travels with them, our dogs are once again interacting with the family, playing, engaging the other pets in the household, and leading a more joyful life. Unlike a sock or shoe that can add weight, be cumbersome, and diminish their feedback from the ground, most dogs don't even know they are wearing ToeGrips! ToeGrips utilize a dog's natural biomechanics and are great for an array of orthopedic and neurological problems. Listen to see what all the Buzby, er rather, buzz is about!Click Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips for more information about Toe Grips, Dr. Buzby, and the importance of traction. DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 an underwater treadmill. How is hydrotherapy different from swimming outside? And which one is right for your pet? Discover tips and tricks for introducing your pet to water safely and positively. Learn what is possible in the water that is not possible on land. But no matter what, just keep swimming!Some products we like:Dogleggs Swim SnoodHedzUpPets Dog Flotation Collar Outward Hound Life JacketRuffwear Float CoatDisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 increase their efficacy and minimize side effects. Acupuncture aligns with the integrative model of veterinary care combining Eastern and Western medicine, and is especially powerful in combination with physical rehabilitation. Treating both acute (post-injury or surgery) and chronic issues (osteoarthritis), acupuncture also helps the immune system, allergies, cancer, organ function, sleep, anxiety, PTSD and the list goes on. And a little trivia: acupuncture needles are so small that up to 30 of them can fit inside a needle used for shots! After listening, you'll get the "point" of acupuncture's powerful potential!!Click Blue Heron Acupuncture for more information about Carol and veterinary acupuncture.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.Episode is LivePublished: Jun. 16, 2020 @ 5AM EditUnpublishAdd a TranscriptGet episode better indexed by search engines.Add Chapter MarkersListeners can tap through & see what’s coming up.Promote this EpisodeVideo Soundbite AvailableSquare Soundbite - 0:25Great for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Download SoundbiteDelete this Soundbite and create a new one.Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail Link to Episode
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 process by ensuring their safety, promoting their confidence, and continuing activities that bring them joy! Learn about eye anatomy, unique products that keep your pet safe and help navigate the world without sight, communicating through verbal and touch cues, and the specialty of veterinary ophthalmology. For more information about blind dogs, check out Cathy's book, Blind Devotion.For Cathy's children's book, Watching Out for Digger.For information about Rex Specs, click here.For information about Doggles, click here.For information about Halos for Paws, Click here.For information about Muffin's Halo, click here.For information about SightScent, click here.For information about Tracerz, click here.For a behaviorist and trainer willing to work with your blind dog, contact Behave Atlanta for an in-home or virtual consultation!DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 MedcoVet as he explains how light therapy works for your pet to control inflammation, which decreases pain and speeds healing. Once prescribed, this safe, yet powerful, technology will add to your pet's comfort while being monitored remotely by your veterinarian. Laser works symbiotically with the vast majority of other integrative treatments that we choose for our pets, and may even reduce the need for some medications. So what are you waiting for? Tune in to learn more about how laser therapy at home can help your dog, cat, or ???For more information about MedcoVet and home laser therapy, click here.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.
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 or behavioral) to learn how to do it? NO! Much of warming up is simply mimicking what you are about to do with the intention of breaking it down into steps and doing it more slowly. Not rocket science but so, so important. And cooling down is even easier - just reverse and repeat what you did during the warm up! And if you happen to have a star athlete in your midst, then digesting this "sandwich" is imperative to a healthy diet!!For more information about Warm Up and Cool Down of the Canine Athlete, click here, for Carolyn McIntyre, PT, book. Base in evidence and packed full of great tools, this is a wonderful resource.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.  
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 intelligence is similar to a 5 year old child? That certain birds may benefit from a crew cut? That aging birds are susceptible to arthritis just like people?  Tune in to attain a plethora of fascinating facts and how to best care for your pet bird during this captivating episode.To find Dr. McMillan, go to Windhover Vet.For information about birds, specifically their intelligence, check out Sy Montgomery's book, Birdology.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.  
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 pet. Who is a candidate for a cart? How can we help our pets adjust? What features should you look for? Is it forever? Can I make one or should I buy one? Does it need to be custom or can I get by with an off-the-shelf cart? And yes, your pet can pee and poop in the cart! Finally, carts aren't just for dogs anymore....For information about Eddie's Wheels, click here.For information about K9 carts, click here.For information about Walkin' Wheels, click here.For information about Doggon Wheels, click here.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.  
Take a listen to Beth Innis, DVM, CVA, CVCHM, CCRT,  CVSMT as she explains how holistic veterinary care can benefit your pet. What is it? How does it work? Who can it help? What conditions benefit? How does it fit in with traditional vet medicine?To find Dr. Innis and learn more about her practice, Sleepy Dog Veterinary, click here.For more information about veterinary acupuncture and to find veterinary acupuncturists in your area, click here.For more information about veterinary chiropractic and to find veterinary chiropractors in your area, click here.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.  
Getting the hang of harnesses and slings.... with so many products out there on the market, Cathy and Chris help you understand what to look for to assist your pet with mobility by using a sling or harness. They discuss product options and features to help you choose the right item for you and your pet. If it's right, not only will your pet benefit, but you will, too, in ways you've probably never thought of!For more information about products mentioned in this podcast, click on the links below.Mobility harnesses:For Ginger Lead Support & Rehabilitation Harnesses, click here.For Ruffwear Harnesses, click here.For Helpemup Harnesses, click here.For canine-mobility, click here.Anti-pulling harnesses:For Easy Walk Harnesses, click here.For Freedom No-pull Harnesses, click here.For Sporn Harnesses, click here.For SENSE-ation or SENSE-ible Harnesses, there are several websites to choose from.Disclaimer The contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.  
Learn from premier veterinary neurologist, Gena Silver, MS, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology,) all about intervertebral disk disease (IVDD,) a common neurological disease in all pets. What is it? Can it be prevented? How do you recognize it? What do you do when your pet gets it? Explained in a clear and understandable fashion for all pet lovers.To learn more about Gena Silver, DVM, click here.For an IVDD Facebook education & support group, click here.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.  
It's not just about preventing slipping! Who knew how imperative traction is for not only deterring injuries, or further exacerbating a known problem, but actually enhancing your pets function, ability to heal, strength and confidence? Chris and Cathy are passionate about providing traction! Tune in to find out all the details as to why and how to furnish traction for your pet! For more information about products mentioned in this podcast, click on the links below.For Dr. Buzby's Toe Grips, click here.For Pawz Dog Boots, click here.For Paw Friction, click here.For Handicapped Pets, click here.DisclaimerThe contents of the PetAbilityTM  podcast are for informational purposes only.   The host(s) and their guests make no claims, warranties or representations about the content of these podcasts, or the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of their content. The opinions expressed are those of the host(s) and their guests. Discussion about any third party products or services are not intended to be endorsements or suggest any relationship or association between PetAbility and any other person or entity.  The host(s) and guests are not responsible or liable for any damage, injury, mistake, misinterpretation, or misuse of the contents of the podcasts or any related materials. Furthermore, this podcast and any associated materials are not a substitute for professional veterinary care.  
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