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Why is my dogs urine killing the grass ?

We have 5 dogs all the same breed, all on the same food. Only one of them a female every where she pees in the yard the grass dies, we only go out on a leash walk in a certain area, She is very healthy up to date on all shots etc , but I cant figure out why the grass is dying only from her pee. My lawn is looking like its polka dotted with spots of dead grass. Any advice or suggestions or why this can be happening ?

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Asked by bshelly at 11:26 AM on Jul. 20, 2010 in Pets

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  • Most dogs (or any animal for that manner) pee will kill the grass. It's the make up of it.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:30 AM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • she has a higher nitrogen level in her urine. Which can burn grass.
    water the lawn where she pees right after to dilute the urine.

    females cause more lawn damage because males tend to pee in little bursts to mark their territory while females just squat and release it all at once.

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 11:32 AM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • Dog Urine has a high nitrogen content & burns lawns. Female dogs squat to urinate so they leave a dead spot. Male dogs urinate on standing objects & tend to move around as they pee so the urine is not concentrated in one spot on the grass. Your only option is to create a "toilet" space in the yard & train them to use just that space. My Dad put down an area of gravel & trained his dog to just go there to do her business.


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 11:33 AM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • maybe because of hormone levels (because she is female) her amonia in her urine is higher, that is what kills the grass. You know they have that synthetic grass that dogs can't stain?!

    Answer by twinmama2009 at 11:33 AM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • Our female does the same thing. It drives us nuts!

    Answer by TimandMely4ever at 11:40 AM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • The pH of the urine and or concentration can contribute to burning the grass. Sometimes, modifying the diet can help, but most of the OTC "save the grass" type supplements are garbage.

    The easiest way to prevent this is to hose off pee areas which dilute the urine.

    Answer by BuddyRoo at 12:39 PM on Jul. 21, 2010

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