IS A MICROCHIP ?
All Kotickee puppies are microchipped for permanent identification. This tiny chip will contain a unique number, which can then be registered by any of several animal recovery databases identifying the owner. This number will remain with the dog for its entire life. It cannot be altered or changed. It will identify that particular dog much as our social security number does us.
Nametags attached to collars though helpful in identifying dogs can often be lost or removed. This implanted chip cannot. It is chip about the size of a grain of rice, which is totally inert and is encased in biocompatible glass. It is inserted just under the skin between the shoulder blades using a syringe. A handheld scanner can then read its unique, encoded, unalterable number. Most shelters today and many veterinarians as well have scanners available to read these implanted microchip numbers. It is the first step in identifying the dog’s owner. Animal recovery associations can then be contacted. Their database can supply the name and location of the registering owner.
Your Kotickee pup will come with a certification of implantation, which will contain the number forever assigned to your dog. It is important that you keep this in a safe place. Without a scanner you will be unable to identify the number. It is also very important that you register this number with you as owner with a national recovery database. This will enable you to be contacted if your dog is ever lost and found. All the information necessary to do this will be included when you receive your new pup.