We value and care for our Jack Russell Terriers more than anything else in the world. With the right amount of exercise, fun toys, comfortable beds, and endless love, they can simply be the happiest pet!
All we should remember is not to take little things in their daily life for granted, especially their food. Good and healthy food makes their life enjoyable and has a strong effect on their health.
If you own a Jack Russell Terrier, keeping some essential pointers in mind while feeding your dog is always good. Continue reading to find out how you can take care of your little buddy’s health with the right food.
How much to feed a Jack Russell Terrier puppy?
As an owner of a pup, you should understand that their growing days are an important period in their lives. And, ensuring that your dog is provided with proper nutrients is the key to its good health and bone structure.
Jack Russell Terriers as puppies require much more energy as compared to their adult friends. Thus, increasing the need for nutrients. Keeping this in mind, you should include many proteins, fats, and other essential nutrients in small meals. And you can feed them 4-5 times a day.
The best kind of intake for them is puppy food, as they support your puppy’s specific requirements. They also come with the recommended amount and instructions to follow according to your dog’s size and age.
An excellent way to ensure an adequate diet can be to ask the breeder how they were feeding the puppy. Once you get to know about its diet, you can continue to feed your dog in the same manner for at least the first 7-10 days. You can also consult a vet if you notice any irregularities in your pup’s food intake.
When to stop feeding puppy food to Jack Russell Terriers?
Puppies between 2-6 months should be fed 4-5 times per day. From the 6th month, you can feed them three times a day. Eventually, after a year, you can feed them two times a day, morning and evening. But when your pup is 6 to 12 months old, they outgrow the need for puppy food.
This change in their eating habits occurs when they start reaching their adult height and can digest adult food. So, when this happens, you need to be prepared beforehand. Firstly decide what you will be feeding it during this transition – natural or canned foods?
As your Russell Terrier transitions from a pup to an adult, you need to instill the new food very gradually. Whatever type of food you choose, ensure that it is of the premium class, especially for processed food.
How much to feed a Jack Russell Terrier senior?
Jack Russell Terriers, in their old age on average, need around 2-3 meals with a combined consumption of about 450-650 calories per day. However, this also depends on how active they are.
Besides meat and fish, you can also feed your Russell Terrier senior raw vegetables, fruits, and herbs in grated form. They contain vitamins, fiber, and help in better digestion.
Seniors have a comparatively less metabolism than when they were young, which means that their calorie consumption is less. In this case, smaller meals, coupled with a more significant amount of nutrients, are essential in maintaining your dog’s health and overall well-being.
To Sum up
We are what we eat. This is a saying that fits not only us but also our pets, and especially the Jack Russell breed. When you take up the responsibility of raising this breed, make sure that you understand their needs and, most importantly, when they are hinting that they have eaten enough. It’s always best to consult a veterinarian before adopting this little energetic bundle of joy, so you know exactly what to provide.