Preventing pet urine burns in your lawn

We get a lot of enquiries from desperate pet owners looking for solutions on how to deal with their dog’s unfortunate ability to kill their lawn wherever they urinate.

What should you do? Get rid of the dog? No dog, no urine, right? Absolutely not. We love our dogs!

What causes the urine to burn my turf?

pet urine burns

Dogs are carnivores and have a high amount of protein in their diets. This protein is excreted as nitrogen when the dog urinates. Nitrogen is great for your lawn when in the right quantities, but an excessive amount will cause the grass to burn. What you need to do is reduce the amount of Nitrogen in your dog’s urine.

5 Methods of Prevention

Successfully putting a stop to urine burn often requires a few different approaches.

  1. Watering an area straight after urination will dilute the urine and prevent it from burning. This obviously can be quite difficult to follow up all of the time, but if you do see your dog urinate then straight away is the time to take action.
  2. Feed your dog a well-balanced dog food that has the protein level your dog requires. This will ensure you are not creating more nitrogenous waste than necessary and most importantly this will be good for your dog’s health.
  3. Encouraging your dog to drink more water will also help. Make sure their water bowl is always full and clean. Having more than one water bowl might also provide additional encouragement.
  4. If possible, train your dog to urinate in the same area. This will help restrict damage to one area instead of the entire lawn and you can then target that area for additional watering and lawn care.
  5. Another popular option is to try dog rocks. Dog Rocks® filter out impurities from water such as Tin, ammonia and nitrates. Putting Dog Rocks® into your dog’s water bowl may help reduce the impurities your dog consumes and be the answer for preventing any more urine burns from affecting your lawn.

By utilising a combination of these tips, you should achieve some positive results.

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