There is nothing more disheartening than having the perfect lawn in your yard, and spending a lot of time perfecting it, only for it to become stained and burnt by your dog’s urine. While we love our dogs dearly, this is something that can be very frustrating.
You may be wondering whether there is a solution to this problem, and you will be happy to learn that there are a number of different things that you can do to help prevent this issue.
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One of the quickest ways you can help to neutralize dog urine on grass is by spraying the grass with water as soon as the dog has urinated. The water will help to neutralize the urine as it will make the urine less concentrated.
While it does help to make the urine less concentrated, and it will neutralize it to an extent, it will not do this completely. However, on an everyday basis this is the best thing that you can do.
If you are looking for a home remedy to neutralize dog urine on grass, we would recommend using baking soda. This is something that you will want to do occasionally rather than daily. While you can use this on areas where the dog has recently urinated, this can also work on yellow spots of grass too.
You will want to use a cup of baking soda for every gallon of water you are using. If you are using less than a gallon, you will need to adjust the measurements accordingly.
Once the baking soda has mixed in with the water you will want to pour this on the affected area, and it will help to neutralize the urine and restore the grass over time.
There are many types of urine neutralizers that you can purchase online or in stores too. These are effective in what they do, and they are often quick to act too. Some of the more popular choices include See Spot Run Lawn Protection, and NaturVet – Yard Odor Eliminator.
In addition to neutralizers that you can physically place on the grass, there are a handful of supplements you can give to your dog that will help to neutralize their urine.
These chews are perfectly safe to give to your dog, though you should always ensure that your vet approves of them before giving the supplements. These chews tend to include ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, and cranberry. Some popular choices include PetHonesty GrassGreen, and Nutri-Vet.
If you do not want to give your supplements, you can choose to use dog rocks instead. These are neutralizers that you place into your dog’s water. They work to neutralize urine and prevent grass burn. They are safe to use with dogs, and Dog Rocks is one of the most popular companies.
Why does my dog’s pee burn the grass?
Now that you know of a few different methods that help to neutralize dog urine on grass, you may be wondering what causes this to happen. There is actually a fairly simple reason behind this, which links to the amount of nitrogen that can be found in a dog’s urine.
While it is thought that a female dog’s urine causes more grass burn in comparison to a male dog, this is not actually the case, and they can both cause this to happen equally.
A dog’s urine contains high amounts of salts and nitrogen which will cause grass to burn when the urine is concentrated in one area. If a dog urinates on the grass once, you will be unlikely to notice any yellow marks.
However, over time, concentration of the salts, and nitrogen found in the urine will begin to affect the grass.
The way in which a dog’s urine affects the grass is similar in many ways to the way in which fertilizer can affect the grass if too much is used.
As this tends to happen if a dog is using the same area consistently to urinate, we would recommend that you allow your dog to have access to all the grass. Or would encourage your dog to use different areas of the grass. This will help to prevent the grass burn from occurring.
While the majority of people assume that it is the acidity in a dog’s urine that causes the burn this is not the case. It is instead linked to the nitrogen. While the grass burn can be frustrating, it is useful to know that it is not always a negative thing.
In general, the dog’s urine is actually beneficial for the grass as nitrogen is good for grass in small amounts. Given this, you should not discourage your dog from urinating on the grass.