Neutralizing Dog Urine
Location: Outside U.S.
Date: Fall 2010
Is there a way to neutralize the effect of urea in dog urine
on the grass, by either additives to her food or by an application
to the grass?
Googling "Dog Urine Lawn" I found that the problem isn't the acidity of the
urine, but it is the intensity of the nitrogen in the dog urine that causes
the lawn burn. This is particularly true in female dogs. So trying to
neutralize the acid with baking soda or lime or trying to reduce the acidity
of the dog by reducing its dietary protein is not tackling the true source
of the problem.
These suggestions on the internet seem credible and offer some procedures
and products for treating the lawn:
There are certain food additives sold in the dog magazines that claim to
address this problem although I have not used them. Are you sure your dog
is getting enough water? The more water going through the more the urine is
diluted and the less damage to the grass.
Hope this helps.
R. W. "Bob" Avakian
B.S. Earth Sciences; M.S. Geophysics
Oklahoma State Univ. Inst. of Technology
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