It’s possible to find big savings for your pooch in Ipswich, as Jane Pinder discovers. 


Around Ipswich there are many ways to save money without compromising on care for the four-legged family member. Here are four to get you started:

Ipswich City Council registration rewards program Registering your dog comes with a booklet with more than $3,000 worth of vouchers for a range of pet products and services including vaccination, desexing, training and dental care.

Health and Community Safety Committee Chairperson Councillor Sheila Ireland said this year’s booklet, released this month, has added restaurants, leisure businesses and pet friendly cafes to the program. “It feels good to be thanked and rewarded for our efforts. That is what the Ipswich Registration Rewards Program is all about,” Cr Ireland said.

Facebook – Many Ipswich pet related businesses are active on Facebook, and clicking ‘like’ can keep you up to date with special offers and savings. Flinders View Veterinary Surgery’s Dr Andrew Hemming said they used different media, including Facebook and a mail-out newsletter, to reach pet owners. Recent promotions included complementary dental checks, and a free information night on dental health, promoted through Facebook.

“It’s the staff who drive it, we use it as an educational tool as well. It’s often your loyal clients, the ones who comment (on the posts),” he said.

Package deals – There can be discounts or extras on offer for things such as extended boarding or booking multiple treatments. Barbara Kirkpatrick from the family-owned Links Pet & Canine Aquatic Centre offered extra value with items such as a 10-pack of swim sessions, or a Deluxe Daycare package with assisted swim, hydrobath, on-lead training session, lunch and playtime for $70.

“That’s very good value,” she said. “A lot of customers are looking for daycare, they live in the Ipswich area and work in the city, and the convenience of the dog having time away from the home. We have dogs that come every day, and maybe have the deluxe package twice a week.”

Free loyalty programs – Save over the long-term on your essentials by signing up to a loyalty program. One program, called Friends for Life, offers rewards points on all transactions in Greencross Vets, Petbarn and City Farmers stores and Petbarn online. Savings and benefits include free DIY dog wash, discounts on pet food and $10 vouchers.


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dogs allowed on properties less than 2000 sq m

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Deals you’ll get for registering your dog
  • Animal Welfare League of Queensland: $20 off puppy and kitten vaccinations; free dental check; $10 off cat desexing; $20 off dog desexing.
  • Flinder’s View Veterinary Surgery: Free puppy or kitten health check up PLUS nail trim and a 5-week puppy preschool course; free dental check for your dog or cat.
  • Greencross Vets: $30 off dog desexing; $10 off cat desexing; $20 off your first pet vaccination; free dental health check plus $30 off your pet’s dental clean and polish. 
  • Ipswich Family Veterinary Clinic: $20 off standard microchipping; free nail clip; $20 off standard vaccinations; 20% off grade 1 and grade 2 dentals.
  • MyVet: $50 off desexing; $20 off vaccinations.
  • Ripley Valley Veterinary Hospital: Free puppy or kitten health check plus nail trim and a 5-week puppy preschool course.
  • WestVets: $25 off horse castrations; $10 off horse and farm animal consultation and visit; $20 off desexing; $20 off dog and cat vaccinations; $25 microchipping.
  • Yamanto Vet: $15 off desexing.
  • Aylwards: $20 off dog obedience course.
  • Bored Paws Pet Minding: Book 4 days get 1 visit for free.
  • Crazy K9s: Free 3-week puppy preschool course; %50 off any group obedience course; $200 off boarding and training programs; $50 off in-home training or behaviour consultation session; $5 doggy daycare.
  • Dog Man Down Under: $20 off personal dog training session.
  • The Golden Bone Bakery: $7 off when you spend $50 or more via the online shop.
  • Grand Haven Pet Resort: $5 warm hydrobath; free deluxe treat time when booking two photo updates; $15 warm hydrobath, coat conditioner and nail clip; $15 off grooming; 10% off 28 days or more holiday; $20 cat grooming; free photo update with 2 adventure walks; discounts on doggy and cat extras packs; free 2-day stay for new clients; 10% off retail buys; $50 off 14-day or more holiday; $2 a day off any pet stay.
  • Imparra Pet Motel: $10 off any service.
  • Ipswich Dog Obedience Club: 2 free lessons; $10 off beginner’s course.
  • Ipswich Pet & Aquarium: $10 off when spending $100.
  • Pawsitive: $20 off 1-hour home training session with your dog or cat.
  • Pets RIP: $20 off garden small pet cremation; $30 off gold small pet cremation; $25 off basic small pet cremation;  $35 off premium small pet cremation; $50 off large pet (horse) cremation.
  • SOSK9: Book 4 days, get 1 day free; $10 off weekend board; $20 off one-on-one training session; $60 off 3-day board and train.
  • The Links Pet Centre: $50 off boot camp training package; $15 off 7-day dog or cat stay; $20 off 10-swim hydrotherapy package; $5 off full groom service.
  • Travelling with Pets: $5 off guidebook.
  • White Roae Boarding Kennels: $5 off every $100 spent, free hydrobath after 5 days stay, free night time treats and individual exercising.
  • Just gym, swim, sports, leisure: Buy 1 month of learn to swim lessons, receive 1 month free (Goodna, Rosewood); 5 days free gym entry (Goodna, Redbank).
  • Just Jump: Free entry for 2 children.
  • Limelight Cinemas: 2 tickets for $30.
  • Tivoli Drive In: Free regular hot chips when you buy $10 in hot food.
  • Behind Our Picket Fence: Free cup of coffee with each Big Brekky.
  • Dancing Bean: 1 free 500g House Blend coffee beans with any 1kg coffee bean purchased.
  • Ellen & Rod: Buy a coffee, get one free.
  • Lagoon Cafe: Buy a coffee, get one free.
  • Queens Park Cafe: Free standard size coffee.
  • Robelle Cafe: Buy a coffee, get one free.
  • Shakana Cafe Bistro: Spend $20, get $5 off.
  • Tower Central Cafe: Spend $20, get $5 off.