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    Guinness is doing a number on my maintained lawn and I saw some things on tablets that can lower PH in urine and lessen the damage to my lawn. Didn't want to give him anything without checking with you guys. Wondering if there are any health side effects to these types of things, thanks in advance!!

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    Default Re: PH lowering and possible side effects

    I am not a vet or an expert in this but since lowering the pH in urine makes it more acidic, there may be less likelihood of a urinary infxn. However, i've read somewhere that a urine that is "too" acidic is not a good thing either. This is something you'd probably want to ask your vet about before giving Guinness anything.

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    I totally agree with @cali baker, ask your vet!

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    Train him to go in one area of sand or something.

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    Hello, I recently attended a seminar with 4 vets and this question was asked. There are several products that can change the PH level in the dog. Some products are advertised to help with tear stains oirother conditions. What the vet said was very important.
    Yes, there are products that can change the PH level. But unless you have a PH level test actually done BEFORE you start using any of these products, you have NO idea of what it even is. And unless you ALSO have the PH level tested AFTER you are using the products, you STILL do not know what the level is. And changing the PH level for the tears or urine, ALSO change the other liquids and body functions. Changing the PH level can have severe consequences unwillingly.
    So like the others have posted, check with your VET but also do the tests before, during and after. Due to the cost of the vet visit and test, maybe just try something else instead.

    An old fashion method of adding tomato juice to the food to reduce the acidity of the urine to help minimize grass killing is FALSE.

    Since we can't post links, here is the name of a great article to review from Texas A&M Ag Center:

    aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/turf/Dog_lawn_problems.html

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    Thanks for the info, great article.
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    Your welcome, some of the urban legands are actually true, but many are not. And when it comes to my Bullies, or anyone elses...not taking any chances!
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    thansk for the info!!!

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    I was just noticing what little grass I do have (mostly sand) in my back yard has dead brown grass spots due to his pee. We have not had rain in over a month.

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    If you have any areas that aren't grassy, i would just relocate his business area, but if everything is grass, the only thing i can suggest that worked for me is to water the area he pees after he pees, everytime. i know it's ridiculous, but it dilutes and spreads the urine, and it actually makes the grass grow like crazy. there's a very concentrated amount of nitrogen in his urine, and that is what causes the lawn burns, there is so much "fertilizer" that it poisons the grass, but if it is diluted the nitrogen feeds the grass quite well. if you notice on the outside edges of the burns the grass is really green and dense.

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    Excellent info Sheila! You have grass???????

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    i used to before we moved. now i don't and i LOVE it. grass is nice but not when you have to take care of it. lol. rocks are easier. all you have to do is spray them with water and super odor killer!

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