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Dog Urine Killing Grass Got You Down?

Dec 17, 12 Dog Urine Killing Grass Got You Down?

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you will find dog urine killing grass? It’s so weird because one day your pup’s pee will not harm a blade of grass, but the next day—and usually for several days longer—the dog urine killing grass syndrome kicks in. Well, Doctors Foster and Smith, veterinarians on the world wide web, explain that dogs eat an extraordinary amount of protein in their diets. When their bodies break protein down, it becomes nitrogen. Nitrogen kills grass.

Well, now that that problem is solved, let’s look at some reasons that dog urine killing grass happens more often:

  • Female dogs squat and deposit their urine in one place
  • Large dogs leave larger quantities of urine
  • Yards with regular fertilization have worse cases of this
  • Some grasses are more sensitive to nitrogen, which means they burn easier
  • Drought and disease stressed lawns are more susceptible
  • Multiple dogs contribute more urine.

The good news, though, is that some steps will help alleviate this problem. First of all, make sure that your dog is good and hydrated. This can be done through adding water to the food or non-salted broths to the drinking water. Feeding a high quality diet helps as well because dogs eat a more digestible protein thus leaving fewer waste products. This can be incredibly expensive, though.

The next to suggestions are to water the yard regularly and back off the fertilizer. Grasses need hydration, too. If they are balanced and healthy, then the grasses can better handle the nitrogen that poses a threat. And if all these fail, planting a stronger species of grass may be in order. Rye and fescue may not be as pretty as Bermuda, but they are heartier and better suited to damage.

Of course, pet stores like PetSmart and PetCo have other products as will some veterinarians. No one product was lauded over the others, though. Perhaps the best advice is to just accept that your sweet canine has some powerful pee. Dog urine killing grass is very common, so there is little to worry about concerning your dog, which is all any loving dog parent wants to know. After all, your grass is just grass, but your puppy pal is a pal for life.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous /

    Though it would be worth sharing my remedy for burnt patches on the lawn – I’ve been using Dog Rocks with my two labs for the past year and we’ve had such a dramatic difference. Like you said, the nitrate damages the lawn, but what the rocks do is filter the nitrates (plus other harmful stuff) out of their urine (through their drinking bowl) meaning that their pee is less toxic.

    I was also very pleased to discover that this doesn’t at all mess with the ph balance of the water or urine.

    Couldn’t recommend them enough. Great product.

  2. Anonymous /

    Oh and the website where I ordered them is http://www.dogrocksus.com but I think you can get them from most of the large pet stores.

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