Can Jack Russell Terriers Eat Vegetables? [It Depends]


Providing the best diet for your Jack Russell Terrier is clearly something we all want to accomplish, but sometimes it is hard to understand what a Jack Russell Terrier can and cannot eat.

This typically leads to a specific question about specific food groups that you should feel comfortable offering to your Jack Russell Terrier.

I have been raising a Jack Russell Terrier for the past 3+ years now, and here is what I can tell you on this topic.

Can Jack Russell Terriers Eat Vegetables?

Yes, Jack Russell’s can eat vegetables. The kind of vegetable a Jack Russell can eat is essential to consider. It is also important not to offer too many vegetables and cut vegetables into bite-size portions to make it easier for your Jack Russell to consume.

Overall, vegetables can be an excellent addition to your Jack Russell’s diet but certainly should not replace it.

The rest of this brief discussion is going to break down everything you need to know when you begin considering offering your Jack Russell Terrier vegetables.

Here is how I intend to layout this discussion for you today:



Jack Russell Terriers and Vegetables

Vegetables can be very nutritious and suitable for a dog, including your Jack Russell Terrier.

Especially if you pick the vegetables deemed okay for a Jack Russell’s diet and pay attention to how your Jack Russell Terrier responds to certain vegetables when offered.

Some of these specifics we will touch on in a few minutes.

Overall, it is essential to understand that in most circumstances, offering vegetables to your Jack Russell Terrier is entirely safe and your Jack Russell Terrier may even enjoy them.

Vegetables can offer your Jack Russell Terrier many vitamins and nutrients that you typically will not find in meat diets or dry food diets.

Or at least in the same quantities that you can find offering vegetables to your Jack Russell.

Not to mention, sometimes certain vegetables can also offer dietary and intestinal health, helping to keep your Jack Russell Terrier regular with potty time.

The next most important thing to understand if you intend to offer your Jack Russell Terrier vegetables is that you need to provide moderation, the correct sizes and still be mindful, which is what I want to touch on next in this discussion.


The Vegetable, The Quantity, and Size Are Also Important to Consider

When you think of a dog’s diet, you have probably heard that meat is the primary food source needed, which is partially true.

Before being domesticated, dogs survived by eating other animals, which was clearly providing the dog with a meat-based diet.

On the flip side, it is essential to note that a dog’s diet can be categorized into 3 primary groups.

  • Fat
  • Carbs
  • Protein

While meat-based diets can provide a lot of the protein and a small amount of the other two groups, it does not necessarily hit every potential vitamin and nutrients that could benefit your Jack Russell.

This is when vegetables can help provide additional needed nutrients.

While you do not necessarily have to go out of your way to provide vegetables for your Jack Russell, it will not hurt them if you do if you provide the correct vegetables and follow a few simple guidelines.


Provide the Correct Size Vegetables For Your Jack Russell

A Jack Russell Terrier is a small dog.

You need to make sure that if you are vegetables such as carrots, you cut them up and make them easy for your Jack Russell to chew safely without choking.

Make it easy for your Jack Russell to consume and enjoy and make it safe as well.


Small Quantities Are Ideal for Your Jack Russell Terrier

It is also essential that you don’t offer a massive amount of any vegetable for your Jack Russell Terrier.

Especially until you learn which ones your JR likes the most or responds to the most.

Making drastic changes to a dog’s diet can cause stomach issues, vomiting, or even diarrhea.

To put this more simply, you should be supplementing your Jack Russell’s diet with some additional nutrients and vegetables.

Not swapping your dog into a complete vegetable diet.

Offer some carrots or even sweet potatoes and see if your Jack Russell enjoys them.

Both vegetables can offer vitamins, nutrients and support digestive health.

Not to mention, carrots are great for your Jack Russell’s teeth!


Avoid Onions and Garlic for Your Jack Russell Terrier

Another significant thing to remember is that your Jack Russell Terrier should never consume onion or garlic.

Both onion and garlic are considered toxic and can damage your Jack Russell’s red blood cells.

Under no circumstances should either of these vegetables be offered to your Jack Russell Terrier.


Find Out Which Vegetables Your Jack Russell Terrier Loves

The list of potentially safe vegetables that your Jack Russell may enjoy or that would benefit them could go on and on.

A quick list of popular options can include the following vegetables:

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Pumpkin
  • Green Beans

Again, this is just a few of the options you have for vegetables for your Jack Russell to supplement the diet and some of the most popular choices as well.

It is up to you as the owner to determine which vegetables your Jack Russell enjoys the most and responds to the best when it comes to stomach pain or any potty issues.

Start with small quantities and figure out if your Jack Russell likes the vegetables you are offering, and slowly expand the options as you go.

If you ever have any doubts about which vegetables are safe and which vegetables are not then you need to speak to a vet.

Always better safe than sorry when in doubt.

Keep that in mind when offering vegetables to your Jack Russell.


Vegetables Can Be Great for Your Jack Russell Terrier But Do Not Overdo It

I think this far into this discussion, we can all agree that vegetables can offer your Jack Russell Terrier some additional vitamins, nutrients, and dietary needs that you will not find as often or in the same quantities with meat based diets or dry food diets.

Hopefully, it is apparent that you also still want to be careful which vegetables you offer your Jack Russell, how large of bites you offer, and to keep an eye on how your Jack Russell responds to certain vegetables.

Nonetheless, vegetables can be a great addition to a diet for your Jack Russell.

If you haven’t been implementing this yet, you should likely consider it.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Jack Russell Terrier’s and the journey you have ahead of you.


Share Your Thoughts on The Topic

What are your Jack Russell’s favorite vegetables?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded TerrierOwner.com to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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