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Urine Kills Grass (Film at 11 ?)

Discussion in 'Boxer Anatomy and Physiology' started by Boxer3, Feb 11, 2002.

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  1. jjgotts

    jjgotts Boxer Buddy

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    be careful

    The pH of the urine has little or no effect on the urine damage to the lawn. The addition of acidifying agents, including nutritional supplements like D-I, Methionine (Methioform), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), or fruit juices will have no benefit for this problem and may predispose the dog to an increased incidence of certain bladder stones.

    For fascinating article on this urine/lawn problem, see:

    http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/plantanswers/turf/dog_lawn_problems.html
     
  2. Alisha Mobley

    Alisha Mobley Boxer Insane

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    Re: be careful

    Thank you!! I was looking for this to post but couldn't remember where it was!smashicon

    I read that the reason why some see a difference when feeding tomato juice is because it makes the dog thirsty, it will drink more water resulting in diluted urine (might have read it in the article jjgotts posted). From what I understand it's safer for the dog, if you douse the spot with water after they releive their self instead of altering their diet.
     
  3. jjgotts

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    Keep in mind that according to that article,

    "Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), or fruit juices, will have no benefit for this problem and may predispose the dog to an increased incidence of certain bladder stones."

    Be wary of too much tomato juice. I agree with Alisha...it seems best to just douse the pee area with water to dilute the nitrogen.
     
  4. Scrapper's Mom

    Scrapper's Mom Boxer Insane

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    I tried the pills. They did nothing. I tried watering every time he went. No good either. Still the grass died. After numerous trips to Home Depot for new sod pieces, we decided to train Scrapper to pee on the bark mulch next to the lawn. It only took about two days before he got the idea. Now our lawn is nice and green. I don't care if he poops on the lawn, it's easier to pick up the piles off the grass than the bark anyhow. So, he does no. 1 on the bark, then trots over to the grass for no. 2. Perfect!
     
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