Let’s just be blunt: your dog’s pee is killing your grass. Okay, that might be too harsh. Dog urine is not a death sentence for your lawn, but it sure can cause some damage. The problem is nitrogen. Dog urine is packed with it, and an overload of nitrogen burns your lawn. It’s the exact same thing that happens when you over-fertilize. Too much nitrogen = fried lawn. Those tell-tale yellow or brown spots throughout your grass? Don’t blame Rover; blame the nitrogen.

So what can you do to keep your pet and your lawn happy? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Take your dog to the park or a field. You don’t want to hurt the park’s grass, but chances are the park is a lot bigger than your yard, so it’ll be okay. Bonus: you’ll get a little exercise while you’re at it.
  2. Adjust your dog’s diet to help dilute its urine. According to Dr. Steve Thompson, Director of the
    Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Wellness Clinic, adding more liquid to your dog’s diet by switching from dry food to canned food can help dilute your dog’s urine, making the nitrogen less concentrated. As always, consult with your vet before changing your dog’s diet.
  3. Flush the area. When you see your dog drench a spot on the grass, turn the hose on it. That way, you’re flushing the nitrogen away from the area before it has a chance to become one more brown spot.

With just a few adjustments, your lawn and your dog can live happily ever after.