Is Your Dog’s Pee Killing Your Grass?

I love summer!  The sun is shining, the trees are in full bloom, the flowers have blossomed and the grass so lush and green…..except for those pesky brown spots left by Spot after he pees. 

Cheryl Douglas · June 30, 2020

Is Your Dog’s Pee Killing Your Grass?

I love summer!  The sun is shining, the trees are in full bloom, the flowers have blossomed and the grass so lush and green…..except for those pesky brown spots left by Spot after he pees. 

So, why does Spot leave brown spots on my lush green grass?  There is a very good scientific reason.  This happens because dog urine is rich in nitrogen, which is known to kill grass when concentrated amounts collect over time. Nitrogen happens to be one of the substances excreted when protein is broken down; the more protein your dog eats, the more nitrogen released. The BARF® Diet is high in protein – the way Mother Nature intended dogs to eat.  If your dog’s diet consists of Kibble, you may not have as many of those pesky brown spots on your lawn, but are you sacrificing your pet’s health for a lush, rich green lawn?  

However, there is hope!  The following are ways to reduce dog pee from killing your grass:

1. Water your lawn - The easiest and safest way to stop your dog’s pee from killing the grass is one ingredient… water. After your dog pees, saturate the area with water. 

2. Water your dog - Even though our Frozen BARF® diets already consist of 70% - 75% moisture, it is ok to add some water to our Frozen Patties, Chub and Nuggets.  This will help dilute their urine and minimize the nitrogen concentrated in his pee.

3. Train your dog - You can also train your dog to pee in a specific area of the yard, such as a rocky gravel area.  BARF® World’s freeze-dried nuggets are great for training your pet to pee in a designated area! 

There are also lawn repair products but be sure you do your research before purchasing any of these. Lawn chemicals are not only bad for the environment but they can be harmful to your pet. 

Ali Harivandi once quoted,  “Your dog will grow old and eventually you will have to say goodbye. Let them have a good time. You can replace and reseed a lawn. Remember that a damaged lawn is a lot easier to replace than a relationship with that beloved pet.”

Raw Food Tip:

When feeding a BARF diet to your pet, it is best to not leave the food left out for too long. If your dog does not eat the food right away, cover their serving dish and put the food back in the refrigerator to be served later in the day. At the end of the day, you should dispose of any uneaten food. This helps to keep food at its peak freshness and avoid any digestive upset.

- Robert Mueller, Sr.

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Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl joined the BARF® World family in 2017. She offers strong Administrative Support to the BARF® World office, handles our Logistic needs, as well as Customer Service and Sales. She is passionate about pets; specifically rescue dogs. She is a Minnesota native and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!