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Hopeful Henry: Dog urine is killing the lawn

Dear Henry,

When my female dog urinates on the lawn it leaves a stain or dead spots. Is there any thing I can do to stop this other than not allowing her to urinate on the lawn which isn't really possible.

Thanks

Judy

Dear Judy,

Actually it's not just female dog urine that kills the lawn. Male dog urine also will do the same thing. That is a common misunderstanding about female dogs. The reason we generally think it's the female dog urine killing our lawns is because they squat to go potty thus leaving a larger amount of urine in one place. Male dogs urine is more spread out.

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Urine does not really stain the lawn, it kills it by burning it. The reason this happens is because of the high amount of nitrogen found in dog urine. This concentrated amount of nitrogen coming from your dogs urine burns the lawn as your lawn is getting a nitrogen overdose. It is a common misconception that the acid in dog urine is what does the damage. The truth is that dog urine can have a pH of 6.0-8.0, which is slightly acidic to slightly alkaline, this is not nearly enough acid in dog urine to create lawn dead spots.

Since not allowing your dog to go potty on the lawn is not an option, the best thing to do is water your lawn immediately after the dog is finished urinating. You do not need to water the entire lawn, just the area that has been urinated on. Another tip is to pour club soda or any sugar soda pop on the area, this will help dilute the nitrogen and prevent burn spots. You can also get the nitrogen and acid levels in the dog urine down, so when they go the urine is not burning the lawn. There are some products sold in pet stores (usually a pill) that will do this, however I recommend checking the ingredients and also checking with your veterinarian to make sure they are safe. I am not a fan of these products as I don't like giving anything to my pets with ingredients I do not know or can't even pronounce, not mention they are usually fairly costly. It may sound crazy but a healthy solution is to put a dollop of tomato ketchup in their dinner, it lowers the nitrogen and acidity levels in there urine.

Hoping this was Helpful

Hopeful Henry

Just wanted to remind everyone, if you have a pet that goes missing make sure you contact The El Dorado County Animal Services, 530-573-7925 right away. If it is after hours leave a message and call back as soon as they reopen. Also give the Lake Tahoe Humane Society a call 530-542-2881. They will be happy to post on their Facebook page. You can also email them a photo and full description including where the animal was lost. Send emails to LostPets@LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org. The sooner the better. Don't wait a few hours to see if you can find them or to see if they come home. The most successful cases of lost animals being found is when they are reported right away.

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