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Is Apple Cider Vinegar a Cure for Urine Burns?

We love our dogs, but they may provide us with an issue that makes caring for our lawn almost unbearable. (Urine burns). 

Urine burn causing dead patches of grass in our lawns. There are a few strategies we have discussed before, and some people get good results, others, not so much.

What causes the burns in the first place?

The main issue is too much nitrogen in your dog’s urine. Some nitrogen is great for your lawn whilst too much can cause significant leaf burn. This can completely kill your grass where it makes contact. Plus, if your dog likes to spread it around, your lawn can end up with dead spots all over!

Some cures will aim to dilute the urine. Some will aim to change the pH and make the urine less alkaline. But what does apple cider vinegar do?

It is claimed one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar per day will remove the nitrogen imbalance and stop the problem. You have two options, you can add it to their water, or you can add it to their food. It is also advised to use natural apple cider vinegar. The sort you buy from a health food store rather than the kind you find at your local supermarket.

The idea is essentially that apple cider vinegar is quite acidic. By adding it to your pet’s diet you can lower the urine’s pH causing it to be less alkaline. There is no conclusive evidence this will lower the nitrogen levels however, which is the primary reason for the burns.

But if you have tried all the other options to no avail, then it might be worth looking at apple cider vinegar as an option. Like all urine burn cures, sometimes they work sometimes they don’t. There is no definitive solution that works for everyone.

With any diet altering method we always recommend discussing this with your vet prior to trying the treatment.

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