About Antony Flint & Fourpaws Hydrotherapy

My name is Antony Flint and I have grown up with dogs all my life, most recently having owned Rhodesian Ridgebacks! My last Ridgeback was how my journey into hydrotherapy began. Kito, my male Ridgeback was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at seven months old and I was advised by my veterinary surgeon to start hydrotherapy with him immediately, which I did on a weekly basis. When Kito had reached eighteen months old the vet x-rayed him again and said that the two x-rays side by side looked like different dogs. I couldn’t quite believe it but the results spoke for themselves and after seeing him so much more comfortable, the increased muscle mass and the ability to weight bear on his hind legs again, I needed to find out more!!

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis back in 2009. My physical abilities had considerably slowed and I was struggling daily with the manual job I had. It was only when I retired from my job due to ill health that I began to focus on canine hydrotherapy and after lots of research I enrolled on a Level Three course with the excellent guys at Greyfriars Canine Rehabilitation in Guildford, Surrey.

The course itself was amazing and really gets you into the nitty gritty of life as a canine hydrotherapists; the challenges they face and the hard work and long hours they do. After I had qualified , my main aim was to find the best location I could, somewhere rural but easily accessible for clients and local veterinary practices. Six months later after lots of hard work Fourpaws Canine Hydrotherapy was born, in a beautiful location near Holt in North Norfolk.

Antony in the hydrotherapy pool with Ollie.

As well as being fully qualified , trained and insured I am also a member of the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (NARCH). NARCH is a professional association which maintains the list of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists in the UK. Veterinary surgeons, pet insurance companies and members of the public can assess this list and view your levels of training and areas of speciality. To maintain my registration with NARCH I am required to complete twenty hours of Continuing Professional Development each year.

I love dealing with all ranges of conditions, but obviously I have a real interest in arthritis, hip dysplasia and spinal conditions. There’s no better feeling than seeing a dog walk again who three months previous was paralysed, or to see a dog with hip dysplasia happily running around again quite content with life. I can honestly say it is the best job in the world.

My illness has actually been a positive, from being in the warm water for the majority of each day my symptoms have considerably subsided. So, when people ask if it really works, trust me it does, it is the best therapy.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, we are here to answer all your questions and concerns and get you the best possible treatment for your dog.