Based in Ringwood, we offer easy access to clients from surrounding areas. We have flexible opening hours which include evenings and Saturdays and great facilities for your pet.
We have four qualified Hydrotherapists and two Veterinary Physiotherapists at the centre. We have a large heated pool and an extended length Hydro Physio aquatic treadmill as well as a Physiotherapy treatment area. We also have warm showers and a drying area.
We aim to give you and your animals the highest standard of treatment and care. Between us, we have a wealth of experience and expertise and offer a professional, yet caring approach. We will take our time with your nervous cat or dog and ensure that it gets maximum benefit from its treatments at our centre.
Please feel free to call us or come in and have a look around if you have any questions or concerns so that we can explain to you what the treatment will consist of and put your mind at ease before your appointment.
We know that your pet is one of the most important things in your life and therefore we want their visits to us to be as positive and enjoyable as possible.
We specialise in swimming cats as well as dogs.
After working in hydrotherapy and seeing the huge benefits it has on its patients, I set about opening 4 Paws in 2016 with another hydrotherapist, in 2020 she retired and I now run the centre with the help of the rest of the team here. I have previous experience as working as a veterinary nursing assistant and also teaching the Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy to aspiring hydrotherapists. I qualified in Small Animal Physiotherapy in 2018 and I am a member of The Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP). I am also a member of the National Association for Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (NARCH).
I am always looking at ways to further my knowledge in rehabilitation and I attend regular courses (minimum 20 hours per year) to keep this up to date.
I have a special interest in how hydrotherapy and the properties of water can help benefit cats. Despite the fact that cats are not usually water lovers, I have been very successful in acclimatising them to the pool water and seeing great results throughout the course of their treatment.
I get a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction from working closely with the animals and seeing the improvement they make through the use of hydrotherapy.
I am from London, but came down to Bournemouth University to study Sports Management. After graduating, I worked as a personal trainer, then went into management and sales within the fitness industry. I stayed down in Bournemouth because I really love living by the sea, especially in the summer! After working in the fitness industry for a few years, I came to realise that my passion really lied with animals and dogs in particular. I became interested in hydrotherapy and decided to leave my job and pursue this.
I worked alongside a hydrotherapist up near London before my course to get some experience, which really helped. I completed my level 3 diploma course and now work up near London for a couple of days at the beginning of the week and now here at 4 paws at the end of the week. I love spending half my week down here by the sea and the other half at my parent's house in London, where my dogs live.
I have a chocolate Labrador called Ted and a fox red Labrador called Alfie. They are pretty crazy, but so much fun! I can't wait to get to know and help all of the patients here at 4 paws.
I have been a dog owner and dog lover my whole life so after many years working within a marketing company I decided to make a big change and make working with dogs my full time profession. This is when I started my own home dog boarding (caring for dogs in my own home) and dog walking business. I did this for 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed it which gave me further assurance that working with dogs full time was the only way forward.
I have 2 dogs of my own, an 8 year old chocolate Labrador called Daisy and a high energy 3 year old working cocker spaniel called Henry who keep me very busy. We spend most of our spare time either out in the countryside where we live or on the New Forest walking.
It was after Daisy received Hydrotherapy treatment at 4Paws and on seeing the health benefits and the joy she gained from her hydrotherapy sessions that I was inspired to make a further change and pursue a career in hydrotherapy, as I would love to be able to bring similar benefits to other dogs and their owners.
I completed my training at Greyfriers Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy Centre and I hold a Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals. I am very excited about the future working within the dedicated and compassionate team at 4paws and continuing my education within canine rehabilitation and complementary therapy.
I qualified as a veterinary physiotherapist in 2018 after studying a degree with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists. After qualifying I started my own business under the name of H L Veterinary Physiotherapy. I mainly treat horses and dogs but also have a number of farm animal cases.
In 2019 I went to Greyfriars rehabilitation and hydrotherapy centre to complete my training as a small animal hydrotherapist. I have always loved rehabilitation and I have seen the benefits of hydrotherapy in many dogs including my own. I have a special interest in neurological rehabilitation and love working with these animals during their recovery.
I own a variety of animals myself including 3 horses and 2 dogs, plus helping my sister on her farm. I am really looking forward to helping rehabilitate and have fun with the lovely patients at 4 Paws.