Jack Russell Terrier Health and Disease Prevention
Jack Russell Terriers can live up to 16 years. This is a fairly hardy breed with good health. Although there are diseases that are more common than others.
In the photo: Jack Russell Terrier
The most common hereditary eye disease in these dogs is the luxation (or displacement) of the lens. However, in general, the disease is not so common. Usually it manifests itself at the age of 3 to 8 years, while the displacement of the lens can be observed in both one and both eyes.
The luxury can be front or rear. Front luxury occurs more often and is more dangerous. With anterior luxation, there is a risk of glaucoma formation, which can lead to partial or complete blindness. The treatment of such a disease is quite simple and may include both medical treatment and surgical intervention. There is also such a variant of the ailment as average luxation. This can only happen as a result of trauma and is not a hereditary disease.
Another common Jack Russell Terrier eye disease is cataract. The lens hardens, and a characteristic cloudy film appears in the eyes. Cataracts lead to the fact that the dog’s vision deteriorates, she sees all objects blurry. If left untreated, the animal may become blind. Although it is believed that this is a hereditary disease, it can also occur in dogs with diabetes mellitus, as well as in old age, under the influence of radiation and even as a result of trauma or exposure to high temperatures.
Jack Russell Terriers have such a hereditary disease as kneecap displacement. The consequences may not manifest themselves in any way, moreover, in some cases the problem may go away by itself. For example, if the displacement of the patella occurs during the run, it may fall into place after some time. But most often, the consequences are quite serious, and if you do not contact the veterinarian on time, the dog may develop arthritis. Sometimes as a result of the displacement of the patella, a rupture of the knee ligaments can occur. In severe cases, surgical intervention is required.
Another musculoskeletal disease is Perthes disease (also known as aseptic necrosis of the femoral head). The disease causes lameness, while the dog is constantly experiencing pain in the joints. Usually the disease manifests itself between the ages of six months to a year. If symptoms are found, you should immediately contact your veterinarian and begin treatment as soon as possible.