Vaccination and Microchipping Program
To keep your dog healthy, happy and safe, Council is helping eligible dog owners access to discounted vaccinations and microchipping. This initiative is made possible with the assistance from Paws for a Purpose and participating local vets.
How do I access the discount?
Eligible Rockhampton Region residents can apply for vouchers. If approved, the pet owner will be able to attend a participating vet clinic to have the procedure undertaken after making an appointment.
Vouchers are available 1 October 2019 through to 31 March 2020, unless sold out sooner.
What vaccination is covered and how much?
C3 vaccinations (Parvovirus, distemper, infectious hepatitis) discounted to $15* will be offered for dogs who are owned by a Rockhampton Regional Council resident who can provide one of the following:
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Health Care Card
- Newstart Allowance
*Puppies will require more than one vaccination and you may need to talk with your regular vet about future vaccinations.
$15 is the cost of each vaccination.
How much is microchipping
Microchipping is mandatory for the program even when vaccinating, if your dog is not microchipped, you will be required to purchase a microchip for the low price of $10.
Why should you vaccinate your dog or puppy?
Dog vaccinations will help your dog to be protected against some of the most common and most dangerous infectious diseases. For young dogs especially, it is critical to get the right vaccinations at the right time according to the puppy vaccination schedule. This will help build up their immunity, stop them getting sick, and in many cases stop them dying. Without vaccination puppies will die.
Dog vaccinations will not only protect your dog, they will also ensure your dog can’t infect others in their local dog community.
An up to date dog vaccination history is often required in places where dogs will closely interact with each other, such as boarding kennels, dog training classes and doggy day care.
Which are the most common dog and puppy vaccinations?
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) splits recommended dog vaccinations into “core” and “non-core” vaccines.
Core Dog Vaccines:
These vaccines are recommended for all animals, to protect them against severe and life threatening diseases.
These vaccines are for canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus (hepatitis) – a combination of these 3 vaccines is commonly known as C3 vaccination.
As a service to the community, council offers subsidized rates for vaccination using AVA-recommended core vaccines and also subsidized microchipping, for eligible residents.
Vaccination Schedules for Puppies
The Australian Veterinary Association’s (AVA) current recommendation for puppies is vaccination from 6 to 8 weeks of age, then every 2–4 weeks with timing of the final dose being not earlier than 16 weeks of age. In disease outbreak situations, regardless of age, any animals that are not fully immunised must be kept isolated from at-risk areas for disease (such as dog-parks) until at least 7–14 days after vaccination. This will reduce the risk of them catching disease.
Puppy Vaccination Schedule example
- 1st puppy vaccination: C3 at 6 to 8 weeks
- 2nd puppy vaccination: C3 at 10 to 12 weeks
- 3rd puppy vaccination: C3 at 14 to 16 weeks
- Final puppy vaccination at 16 weeks or later
Adult Dog Vaccination Schedule
Adult C3 vaccination may be repeated every 3 years, however when there is a high risk of disease, or in disease outbreak situations, annual re-vaccination is still recommended help catch the small proportion of patients that failed to respond to the previous vaccination.
If you are concerned whether your dog or puppy is adequately protected by vaccination, please contact your veterinarian for advice.