When I adopted my dog, brown spots started to appear in my lawn. I purchased a remedy from petsmart, pills that claim to lower the acid content in the urine. It works but the spots that were there havn't gotten green yet, and it's been a couple of months. Any suggestions on how to treat the spots to promote more rapid grass growth? I've watered the hell out of the areas but that hasn't seemed to work. Also, anyone ever have any problems with the stuff you give the dog to lower the acid content in the urine? Thanks!!
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Also apple cider vinigar (between a tea spoon and a table spoon) in the dogs water bowl wil elliminate the ... another benefit and when I get round to looking in my book I will let you know what it is.

Amazing...I googled "apple cider vinegar dogs" and found ACV to be quite useful for many things. Has anyone else had any luck with it? I would sure like to know. Thanks.
Amazing...I googled "apple cider vinegar dogs" and found ACV to be quite useful for many things. Has anyone else had any luck with it? I would sure like to know. Thanks.

As someone who lost a cat to bladder and kidney problems, caused in part by an imbalance in the acid levels of his urine, I think you ought to proceed carefully. Talk to your vet. If your dog ingests enough apple cider vinegar to actually alter the pH of her urine, you could be doing serious damage.
Seems to me that it'd be safer to take a pitcher of water out with you whenever you pee your dog, and just flush the area immediately to dilute the urine.

Shelly
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When I adopted my dog, brown spots started to appear in my lawn. I purchased a remedy from petsmart, pills ... ever have any problems with the stuff you give the dog to lower the acid content in the urine? Thanks!!

Maybe his urine turns the lawn brown as a result of how his body processes all the lawn chemicals?
I'm only half-joking. I don't treat my lawn with anything. I have some weeds mixed in with the grass (though I find it hard to call a violet a weed), but my grass is thick and grows too fast and I have absolutely no brown spots. The spots where my dog likes to poo have the thickest, greenest grass, too (and no weeds). So perhaps you could try using organic fertilizers instead of chemicals, and quit using the herbicides and pesticides. That will also probably reduce your dog's and perhaps your children's (if you got 'em) risk of cancer.

Lynne
When I adopted my dog, brown spots started to appear ... dog to lower the acid content in the urine? Thanks!!

Maybe his urine turns the lawn brown as a result of how his body processes all the lawn chemicals? I'm ... and pesticides. That will also probably reduce your dog's and perhaps your children's (if you got 'em) risk of cancer.

My lawn gets nothing but organic, dog-safe treatments, and my dogs are fed nothing but organic, human-grade food and treats. Yet Reilly has *** the life out of an ornamental yew AND several grass patches as well. Goddamn, you folks are mighty quick to judge people here.

Tom go to your local garden senter. Scotts (or someone) has a formula specifically for bringing back urea-killed grass. It has worked for us good luck to you.
Lynne if you can hear me from up there on your high horse opening your mind a bit and entertaining thoughts of compassion and helpfulness might well brighten up your life (if you have one).

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When I adopted my dog, brown spots started to appear in my lawn. I purchased a remedy from petsmart, pills ... ever have any problems with the stuff you give the dog to lower the acid content in the urine? Thanks!!

Re-grass it.
Also apple cider vinigar (between a tea spoon and a table spoon) in the dogs water bowl wil elliminate the acid, thus no brown patches again. Get it from a health fod shop ONLY not the supermarket crap.
No need to buy expesive treatments. Also the vinigar has another benefit and when I get round to looking in my book I will let you know what it is.
When I adopted my dog, brown spots started to appear in my lawn. I purchased a remedy from petsmart, pills ... ever have any problems with the stuff you give the dog to lower the acid content in the urine? Thanks!!

2. Is Your Dog's Urine Burning the Lawn? Yellow spots on the lawn arenormally caused by urine, Nitrogen waste products are the result of protein breakdown through normal bodily processes., therefore the nitrogen in the urine causes the lawn spots. We all know that Nitrogen is a great fertliser but not in these doses that is why the outside of the green spot is quite lush.
A dose of one teaspoon to one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (depending on the size of the dog) per day will nullify the Nitrogen imbalance and should solve the problem. The apple cider vinegar can be added to the dog's water or put directly on his food. The natural type from a health food store, not the pasteurized version from the supermarket. I find the apple cider vinegar from horse tack shops are the best. Two tablespoons of tomato juice on the dog's food twice a day will have the same effect.

If the dogs has already urinated and she has not been treated, then saturate the urinated areas (spots) with water. This will allow the excess nitrogen to leech or dilute through the lawn and reduce the concentration in one area. It is usually best to treat the areas up to 9 hours after urination and to apply at least three times the amount of water to urine to the area.
My lawn gets nothing but organic, dog-safe treatments, and my dogs are fed nothing but organic, human-grade food and treats. ... of an ornamental yew AND several grass patches as well. Goddamn, you folks are mighty quick to judge people here.

The OP didn't say anything about treating his yard.

Anyway, I live in a place that has a high density of dogs. The grass is untreated, because the company that owns my complex sort of caters to animal owners. It's also very lush and green.

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There are burns in places, though, some of them pretty bad. They will grow back next season greener and thicker than ever.

Shelly
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When I adopted my dog, brown spots started to appear ... dog to lower the acid content in the urine? Thanks!!

2. Is Your Dog's Urine Burning the Lawn? Yellow spots on the lawn are normally caused by urine, Nitrogen waste ... to 9 hours after urination and to apply at least three times the amount of water to urine to thearea.

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That was very interesting and informative; thank you.
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