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How to Care for a Jack Russell: Diet

The question “what to feed the Jack Russell Terrier” needs to be solved even before the dog appears in your house.

The daily feeding rate for an adult Jack Russell Terrier should be 3-5% of its weight. This calculation is correct if the dog is kept as a pet and its only active load is walking and playing during a walk. If the Jack Russell Terrier is used for hunting or in sports, then more feed will be required.

What to feed Jack Russell Terrier: organic food or dry food?

It is useful to feed the dog with natural products. However, scraps from the table do not belong to “natural”. Natural food includes:

  • lean raw meat (boneless, preferably beef or veal),
  • boiled chicken
  • boiled sea fish,
  • offal (only boiled heart),
  • porridge (buckwheat, rice),
  • cottage cheese,
  • vegetables (carrots, pumpkin, beets, zucchini).

A fairly convenient option for feeding the Jack Russell Terrier is good dry food that contains all the necessary vitamins and components.

Do not change feed often. This is only permissible in cases of allergy or indigestion in the dog due to a particular ingredient.

How to feed your Jack Russell Terrier?

Puppies are fed more often than adult dogs (at 1.5 months – 4 – 5 times a day, at 6 months – 3 times). They boil chicken and beef, mix vegetables and fruits with low-fat sour cream. 75% of the diet should be meat.

An adult dog needs less meat than a puppy and the proportion varies. Enough 50 – 60% of meat products and 40 – 50% – vegetable.

Food should be chopped up so as not to provoke vomiting and indigestion.

You can add vitamins, but in this case, it is worth consulting with a specialist.

Do not give pork, lamb, potatoes, radish, legumes, chocolate, and sweets, salty, fried, fatty.

When changing food, start with a small amount and carefully observe the dog’s reaction. The amount of feed should depend on the age of the pet. It should be carefully controlled according to the tables drawn on the packaging.

For active Jack Russell Terriers, it is better to choose the appropriate feed with a high proportion of protein.

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