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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Yellow stains in your grass

Dear Jan, What can I do about my dogs turning the grass yellow where they pee? --Aaron

Dear Aaron,
If there were a definitive answer to you, someone would be making lots of money on a product that works. There ARE products out there that purport to fix this problem, but they DO NOT WORK. (Ask anyone who's bought them.)

Some dogs have more concentrated urine than others. It could be due to genetics, the amount of water they drink, and the food they eat. It's thought that higher protein foods (over 24%) can cause grass stains, as can an insufficient intake of water. So you can make sure your dogs drink plenty of fresh water (and give them ice cubes as treats), and check the protein content of their food. The only dogs who need "high protein" are Iditerod-type dogs.

The best solution is to "water in" the urine by having a hose or a bucket of water handy. When your dogs pee, hose off the area to dilute the urine.

Most dog owners give up on fighting the grass stains and relegate a part of the yard to the dogs. You can always have a beautiful dog-proof front yard, and a back yard for the dogs to play and potty.


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