Pet Exercise, Canine Rehabilitation DVD Helps Get Pets Back in Shape

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Dog exercise options and easy demonstrations allow owners to help pets recover from back surgery or injury with canine rehabilitation. For a healthy pet, exercises will build strength and stamina, which are required for good dog fitness and cat fitness.

This DVD is a guide to show pet owners the correct method for performing these exercises, which can be life-changing for a pet recovering from a back injury or surgery

Veterinary neurologist Dr. Anne Chauvet, internationally known for her work in this relatively rare specialty, has released a new how-to video on canine rehabilitation and the benefits of pet exercise.

The DVD, Canine Rehabilitation for Spinal Injury or Back Surgery--Including Exercises for Your Pet's Health and Long-Term Fitness, includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step demonstrations for 30 exercises and therapies pet owners can use to help their pets improve core and muscle strength and increase flexibility and coordination, said Chauvet, founder of Veterinary Neuro Services in Sarasota.

Chauvet developed the DVD from exercises she routinely teaches her clients to help them correctly perform physical rehabilitation on their dogs or cats following back surgery or injury. The DVD exercises work equally well for pet owners who want canine rehabilitation and for those who want exercises for dogs and cats to improve overall fitness or assist with weight loss for an overweight dog or cat, she said.

Benefits of physical rehabilitation following back surgery or injury include speedier recovery to, or near, pre-injury condition, reduced lameness and pain, and improved use of the affected limbs. For overall dog fitness and cat fitness, benefits include improved muscle strength and joint function, an active range of motion (flexibility), weight reduction and maintenance of a healthy weight, increased stamina and aerobic capacity, improved mental function and reduced chance of injury, she said.

"This DVD is a guide to show pet owners the correct method for performing these exercises, which can be life-changing for a pet recovering from a back injury or surgery," Chauvet said. "However, they must only perform these exercises under the continual care of a veterinarian or pet rehabilitation specialist."

More information on the DVD is available online at

Known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology, Chauvet routinely performs complex back and brain surgeries on dogs and cats. She also speaks and consults with veterinary practices and organizations globally.

She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, completed a small animal medicine/surgery internship at the University of Illinois in Urbana and finished her residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. Chauvet obtained her training as a rehabilitation therapist at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute of Wellington, Fla.

About Veterinary Neuro Services:

Dr. Anne Chauvet, one of fewer than 200 veterinary neurologists and neurosurgeons in North America, is the founder of Veterinary Neuro Services in Sarasota, Fla. Veterinary Neuro Services treats brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular conditions in animals and is the only strictly neurology and neurosurgery practice on the Gulf Coast. It is located at 4937 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fla. More information is available by calling 941-929-1818 or online at

CORRECTION: A previous version of this news release issued on June 23, 2010, incorrectly identified Dr. Anne Chauvet as a canine rehabilitation specialist certified by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute of Wellington, Fla. While Dr. Chauvet trained at CRI, she is not certified and wishes to correct this misinformation. She is issuing an apology to CRI, an organization she respects and supports, and to all certified rehabilitation specialists for this error and for any inconvenience it may cause. The information is listed correctly in the accompanying release.

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