Budget Pet Care: Everything You Need for Taking Care of Your Jack Russell Terrier

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I want to always give my Jack Russell Terrier the best of everything but truth be told...I am on a budget.  Taking good care of a jack russell or any dog can be expensive.  I love the options, convenience and affordability that Budget Pet Care provides!  Below are some of my favorite products that they offer.  Some of the essential areas that you need to provide for your JRT are flea and tick, heart-worm prevention, grooming, and dental care. Additional areas you may need to address are their eye/ear care, joint, and behavioral health.

Flea and Tick

Fleas are not only an annoyance for your dog and home, but they can also cause serious health problems, like dermatitis, anemia, or tapeworm. Ticks can also pose a risk to dogs and their owners by possibly infecting anyone who gets bitten with ​ Lyme Disease. Here, the best available flea and tick prevention products.  There are a variety of treatment options including collars, pills, and topical sprays/ointments.


Heartworm

The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone.  Heartworm prevention is the best option to prevent this from happening. All effective heart worm medications require a prescription in the United States.

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Grooming

How often you want to bathe your Jack Russell Terrier depends on their type of coat, how dirty they get, how much they enjoy a bath, and your personal preference.  Always use dog shampoo because human shampoo can dry dogs’ skin and make it itchy.  Smooth coated JRTs require the least grooming while rough or broken coated JRTs require more.  An anti-bacterial dog shampoo is helpful if your dog is very itchy, has  red patches or crusty skin areas,  irritation in its ears, paws, arm pits or skin folds, waxy foul smelling ear discharge, or smelly or oily skin.  All of these issues are typically related to a yeast or bacterial skin infections which a medicated shampoo can treat.

Dental Care

The idea of brushing your dog's teeth seems a bit crazy but your vet will tell you that regular oral care for your Jack Russell Terrier is just as important to its long-term well-being as it is to yours.  By the time they are 3 years old, most dogs already show signs of gum disease. As a result, dogs may be at risk for some of the same problems that chronic infection can cause in people, including heart, liver, and kidney problems.  Dogs need their own special toothbrushes and toothpaste that is specially designed to address their unique dental needs.  Jack Russells can often experience pain related to  problems with their teeth but can't express this to us.