How To Avoid Brown Spots From Your Pets

More than 65% of U.S. homes own a pet. Of that 65%, 37% own a dog. That means over 43 million dogs are homed by families across the United States, which is a 25% increase from 2011. More dogs mean more lawns with brown spots, as we are frequently asked, “What can I do to prevent brown patches in my yard?”.

There are a few things to understand before we can give solutions. One thing is that brown spots are more likely to appear when the home has female dogs or big dogs, such as great danes or golden retrievers. Female dogs cause brown spots because their pH/nitrogen level is very high which burns the grass. Big dogs cause brown spots because there is more urine concentrated in one area due to the size of the bladder.

Now that we have a little bit of a better understanding of what causes our dogs to burn our grass, let’s move onto solution approaches.


The Soak Approach

We know that keeping your dogs off of your lawn is pretty much out of the question. Thankfully there is another solution to avoid the brown spots they create, which is to immediately water and soak the area that your dog has used. This will dilute the urine, minimizing any potential damage to your lawn. However, this solution is for homeowners who are there when your pets take a potty break.


The Diet Approach

Dog owners are becoming more aware of their pets nutrition and are taking a more serious look at their dogs diet. A healthy diet for dogs is usually high in protein, which is great for the dog, after all they are born carnivores. A high protein diet often means they are more likely to have a higher pH/nitrogen level in their urine. Sometimes finding the perfect balance of protein in their diet can lower their pH levels. We recommend consulting with a pet food nutritionist for more information on your dogs healthy diet.


Once you have found the best solution for your lawn and your dog, you will be able to enjoy your fully green lawn for the summer.

Cassie Caldwell