How to Prevent Your Dog’s Urine from Killing Grass

Last Updated: 09/24/2016 Print Back to Articles

If you have a dog and a lawn then you’ve probably experienced the unsightly yellow spots caused from the urine killing the grass in your yard.

A host of home remedies have arisen including adding baking soda, tomato juice, or vitamin C to the diet. While these products rarely work once in a while, they do help but they work because they make the dog thirstier and they then drink more water and dilute the urine. The real culprit in urine burns is nitrogen.

Because dogs are carnivores and eat a high level of protein in their diet, they break the protein down and excrete it as nitrogen in the urine. The result is a killing of the grass from an overload of nitrogen. You will get the same kind of burn if you put a concentrated handful of fertilizer in one spot. These urine burns will often have a characteristic green ring around the outside edge where the urine was dilute enough to actually work as a fertilizer.

There are a few things that make dog urine burns more prevalent:

Home remedies that help some of the time include:

Okay, so these can or cannot work. Let’s talk about why my yard is so plush and with so many dogs, why don’t I have any yellow spots on it. Number One rule….table food!! YES, if you don’t believe me, ask me what I feed my dogs and read my new article Human Food.

If you feed your dog, fruits, vegetables, and meat, you won’t have any problem with high nitrogen. It will balance their body and not cause the unsightly yellow marks. Yes, they still eat their dog food that is out all the time, but treats should be apples and peanut butter, carrots, berries and bananas. Give them broccoli, celery (add peanut butter), salad if they eat it (mine like it), make them smoothies with fruits and veggies. Yum! So there ya have it, make them eggs (quiche) with broccoli, kale, cheese and goats milk. Make them chicken casseroles with squash, etc. Enjoy!..because they will and your grass will love you!