This is the way forward for pet identification. Within this remarkable little glass tube is the technology to uniquely identify your pet. The little glass vial, the size of a small grain of rice, is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. This is usually a painless procedure even though it looks quite a frightening needle! Puppies by law now have to be microchipped by the age of 8 weeks so will usually be done by the breeder. Other animals can be done at any age and some people may prefer to have kittens done while they are asleep at neutering times. 

A scanner- widely available at veterinary surgeries, animal sanctuaries, police stations, dog wardens etc.- is used to pick up the unique number held by the chip in your pet. Having read the number a phone call to the database, which is manned night and day, rapidly unites number with an owners address and contact details and lo and behold the stray is no longer a stray.

Chipping is the only foolproof way of identifying your pet and is to be thoroughly recommended. The chips can sometimes move but they remain only beneath the skin - they cannot migrate internally and can still be picked up by the routine scanning method which covers the whole body.


Should your pet go missing it is often best to start with the local veterinary practices in your area as they are where most people take lost/stray animals. It is also worth trying your local council, RSPCA, Police as well as the CPL or NCDL. Links to some of them can be found below –

RSPCA - http://www.rspca.org.uk/

CP - http://www.cats.org.uk/

NCDL - http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/

Police - http://www.kent.police.uk/Your%20Area/Medway/index.html

Our veterinarians are all experienced general practitioners with a broad knowledge and
understanding of animal health, illness and injury.

Jan and Colin Bunting

Dear Alan and Julie

Thank you for your Kindness and care over Gussie, we miss him very, very much. Thank you also to every one at the surgery for the lovely caring card.

Paul and Tracy

To Alan

Thank you to you and your colleagues for saving Kalli following her anaphylactic reaction, we love her so much and are so grateful to still have her with us.

Debbie Nuttall

Just a little thank you for trying so hard for Big Tom.

He had a good life with me, extra time if I hadn’t taken him in.

Such a lovely kindly cat

Thank you again