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Monday, April 27, 2009

Rain Won't Heal Dog Burned Grass

Chocolate Labrador Dakota on Bright Green Lawn
It has been raining non-stop for 3 days now and for some that would be depressing but, alas, I am a rain lover. The rain brings a clean feeling to everything around you and the growth that occurs from water is amazing; especially in the Spring.

Take for instance our grass - lush, alive, tall, green, yellow polka dots... err, yellow polka dots??

Yes, the greener our grass gets, the more predominant the yellow spots around our yard become. The markings left by dogs, especially large female dogs, during 10 months of a snowy winter pop up like an annoying mother-in-law in the Spring... they aren't so bad when you don't see them but then - BAM! - they not only visit but seem to multiply in the most annoying way!

That prompted a visit to our local pet supply store yesterday to check out the "urine supplements". Now, I am not one to give any medication to my beloved Labradors without having no other choice. I much rather give an herbal supplement or change their diet slowly but I have always been interested in these supplements and curious if they actually work.

Did we make a purchase? No, for a couple of reasons. First, I couldn't pronounce any of the ingredients on the bottle and that reminded me of an old ice cream commercial where they had people try to pronounce all the long complicated ingredients of their competitors. Second, both Lab Brats have already had stomach surgery in their short lives for ingesting a foreign material that came close to killing them. Do I really want to put some potential harsh ingredients, that I cannot even pronounce, into their sensitive stomachs?

So I will continue my search for a holistic treatment to help alleviate those ghastly yellow spots plaguing my beautiful lawn. Keep your paws crossed!

What is your take on "urine supplements" to stop your dog from burning your grass? Do you use them? What do you think about them? Do you have any recommendations to other dog owners?

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Blogger robyn said...

I have heard that brewers yeast will help the "lawn spotting". i haven't researched - but if you were going to research anyways - here's another topic for you. Good Luck!

April 27, 2009 9:49 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Thanks Robyn - I will definitely do some more research on that... at least it is a start. :)

April 28, 2009 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

If you find something, please let us know! I hate the dead spots, but I hated the thought of putting all those chemicals in my dogs even more.

April 28, 2009 6:48 AM  
Blogger Chester's Mom said...

As much as I love a plush green lawn, we will continue to proudly sport our yellow polka dots. For if the lawn was perfect it would mean no 4 legged friends around-and that's just wrong!!

April 28, 2009 1:40 PM  
Blogger Aki and Poopie said...

hello there! you are all so beautiful! its always so nice to meet a fellow lab. :)

hope to be visiting you again soon!

drooly kisses,


April 29, 2009 5:15 AM  
Blogger Life With Dogs said...

I was reading this with great interest - three large dogs can burn up the lawn in a hurry. Looks like I'll have to fence in some forest to save the lawn...

May 12, 2009 6:41 PM  

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