Your dog's health
Keeping your pet in good health is one of the most important and responsible tasks of every owner. Perhaps anyone who has had or has had a tobacco dog is certainly familiar with the anxiety, hopelessness, and pain of waiting for the diagnosis of their sick pet.
Living at home, a dog cannot take care of your health in any way, it depends entirely on its owner. How well you can take care of his health (both preventive and symptomatic) determine how long he will remain your faithful companion.
Is your Jack healthy?
We hasten to please all owners of Russells, Jack Russell Terriers have from nature fairly good and strong health. They are not characteristic of such a congenital defect as dysplasia of the joints, cardiovascular disease is rare, to old age disease of the joints almost does not occur, as the dog is quite light.
Like all other dogs, Jackies are susceptible to infectious diseases, parasitic diseases, and, of course, injuries due to accidents.
Always keep a close eye on Jack's behavior. Does he refuse to eat, prefer to lie quietly in his place instead of playing with you, not calling you for a walk? Is he restless and can't find his place? Does he whimper when he moves? Any change in Jack's usual behavior should be alarming. Of course, he may have mood changes unrelated to the disease. For example, a bitch maybe a little depressed and sad in the period before she is in heat. The animal may also be lethargic in heat and refuse to eat. Jack may sleep more than usual if he is very tired physically or emotionally the day before.
Jack's normal temperature is 38.5-38.7 grams. The temperature is measured rectally.
Here are some pretty simple tricks to determine if your pet is healthy
- A healthy dog's nose is always moist and cool to the touch. It is true that when the dog is sleeping, his nose is dry and warm.
- The eyes are clear, with no discharge. If you notice that the eyes have become bluish or cloudy, it may be a sign of cataracts, which are more common in older dogs.
- Jack's ears should be light pink inside the ear canal, cool to the touch, and odorless. If your pet often shakes his ears and scratches them, these are the first signs of ear disease. It may be inflammation or an ear mite.
- The coat should be shiny, smooth, skin clean, without redness, scratches, or rashes. Check your Jack's coat and skin also for parasites such as ticks and fleas, especially for working dogs and dogs that spend most of their time outside.
- Jack's movements should be free and easy and not cause him any discomfort. If you notice any soreness in Jack's movements, feel his paws and body care to determine the source of the pain.