A DOG expert has warned that pets are secretly “burning your lawn” – but also offered advice on how to protect your backyard lawns.
Dog Guru Dr. Sean McCormack and his team have highlighted the damage done covertly by dogs defecating.
The vet and his colleagues have urged people to be vigilant of the impact on their gardens, while also offering suggestions on how to fight back.
According to experts, the acidity of dog urine can be more harmful than many realize – it’s highly concentrated in nitrates.
And bitches appear to be proving to be particularly problematic – in contrast to males, who spray smaller amounts in different spots in the garden.
The company of Dr. McCormack said, “Dog urine is highly concentrated in nitrates, which is why it can be so damaging to your lawn by essentially burning the grass.”
A newly issued advice recommends pouring a pitcher of water over a specific spot to dilute the effects.
People replanting gardens are also being urged to opt for hardier options like ryegrass, meadow grass, or tall fescue.
Other suggestions include teaching your dog to head to a specific part of the yard and avoiding over-watering spots.
Pet food company Tails.com also called for the use of dog-friendly fertilizers and pesticides.
Her team said: “If you’re trying to fix the damage that’s already been done to your lawn, fertilizers or pesticides are usually recommended.”
“However, it is important to ensure that the solutions you use are dog-friendly and that you follow the directions carefully to avoid using too much product and potentially harming your dog.”
Grass seeds should also be snubbed, it said.
Advisors warned, “They can be extremely problematic for our dogs and lead to frequent vet visits.”
“In dog breeds with long ears, the seeds can be ingested at the ears, entering the ear canal and requiring a vet visit to collect them.”
“The seeds can also get lodged between your dog’s paws, causing pain, swelling and even infection.”
Other dog guides just offered include a guide to buying the right breed and recommendations for parents.
This summer there were also warnings about a hidden danger for dogs when they go to the beach – and another lurking in handbags.
Pet food bowls and grills have also been identified as a threat.