A dog expert has warned pets are secretly “burning your grass” – but also offers advice on how to protect your garden lawn.
Dog expert Dr Sean McCormack and his team have highlighted the harm caused by dogs stealthily defecating on their own.
The veterinarian and his colleagues have urged people to be vigilant about the impact on their gardens, and suggested ways to hit back.
According to experts, the acidity of a dog’s urine can be more harmful than many people expect – due to its high nitrate levels.
And it seems female dogs tend to be especially problematic – as opposed to male dogs spraying smaller amounts around different areas of the garden.
Dr McCormack’s company said: “Dog urine has a high concentration of nitrates, which is why it can be harmful to your lawn, as it will essentially burn the grass.”
The newly issued advice suggests pouring a pot of water over the targeted area to dilute its power.
Gardeners were also asked to choose tougher options such as perennial rye grass, meadow grass or tall fescue.
Other suggestions include training your dog to go to a specific part of the garden and also avoiding over-watering any one area.
Pet food company Tails.com also promotes the use of dog-friendly fertilizers and pesticides.
Their team says: “When trying to repair damage that’s already been done to your lawn, it’s generally a good idea to use fertilizers or pesticides.
“However, it is important to make sure that the solutions you are using are dog-friendly and that you follow the instructions for use carefully, to avoid using too much product and potentially harming your dog. your dog.”
They say the grass seed will also be discarded.
The advisors warn: “They can be extremely troublesome for our dogs and lead to frequent visits to the vet.
“For breeds with long ears, the seeds can be picked up by their ears, get into the ear canal, and need a vet to get them.
“These particles can also get stuck between your dog’s paws, causing pain, swelling, and even infection.”
Other dog tips just released include guidance on which breed to buy – as well as recommendations for parents.
This summer there have also been warnings about the potential danger to dogs when going to the beach – and another danger lurking in the purse.
Pet food bowls and baked goods were also identified as threats.