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Dog food and feeding => Supplements => Topic started by: berkshire45 on Jan 11, 2017, 16:09

Title: Are anti-lawn burn supplements bad for your dog?
Post by: berkshire45 on Jan 11, 2017, 16:09
I am considering a supplement for my dog to save my lawn but are any of these ingredients bad for dogs?

Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium carbonate, DL-Methionine, Yucca Schidgera Extract, Natural Chicken flavour, Silicon Dioxide
Title: Re: Are anti-lawn burn supplements bad for your dog?
Post by: Tinyplanets on Jan 11, 2017, 17:50
Hello and welcome to the forum,

I am not sure if any are dangerous but I suppose if it was to be given regularly, I would be a little cautious regardless as some elements can build up over time. From what I have read, not much on the market designed for that purpose is terribly effective.
Title: Re: Are anti-lawn burn supplements bad for your dog?
Post by: Meg on Jan 11, 2017, 21:31
I've found it difficult to keep a lawn in anything like a good condition with dogs around particularly at this time of year. I do wonder if grassy parks have different (albeit hardier!) strains of grass to what we grow in our gardens.

There's information about Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium carbonate, DL-Methionine, Yucca Schidgera Extract, Natural Chicken flavour on the allaboutdogfood website which may help you with your decision:

http://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-ingredients/0010/brewers-yeast
http://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-ingredients/0008/calcium-carbonate
http://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-ingredients/0066/dl-methionine
http://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-ingredients/0036/yucca-extract
http://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-feeding-guide.php

 The European food safety authority has a safety assessment on Silicon Dioxide here: https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/search/site/silicon%20dioxide
 

Title: Re: Are anti-lawn burn supplements bad for your dog?
Post by: Dottie on Jan 12, 2017, 07:40
Having always owned bitches, I have tried various remedies for grass burn. I suspect that the only thing that might be effective is to have water handy to dilute the urine. Of course this is not easy to do. As has been said, a tough grass seed could help but might not look as good.

I got fed up of patching the yellow areas with new seed so dug the grass up. After trying different surfaces we ended up with artificial grass. It was a friend who put me on to it - she has two Labradors and a tiny area of grass so her lawn was virtually non existant. Like her, we have found it to be a real boon, particularly as we are elderly and not able to maintain the garden ourselves. It is expensive but now there is more choice and different price ranges so it is worth shopping around. Ground preparation is key to a good finish.
Title: Re: Are anti-lawn burn supplements bad for your dog?
Post by: Dottie on Jan 19, 2017, 08:13
Berkshire45 - if you are still following your topic, you might want to look at this thread (http://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/forum/general-dog-chat/10/lawn-burn/906/msg2450#msg2450) which is about lawn burn. I just came across it and thought it might be useful for you. Did you make any decision about supplements?
Title: Re: Are anti-lawn burn supplements bad for your dog?
Post by: berkshire45 on Jan 19, 2017, 11:25
Yes I am still following this, but I do not want to change my dog's food away from Eden although it is a higher protein feed, also I don't want an artificial lawn.  I have purchased GreenUM supplements and will start giving them to my dog in the spring but I am not happy about giving her supplements for this purpose.  thankyou to the person that provided the links to the ingredients that was very helpful.
Title: Re: Are anti-lawn burn supplements bad for your dog?
Post by: Dottie on Jan 19, 2017, 12:00
Thank you for getting back to us. I can understand your dilemma and hope that the GreenUm helps with the problem.
Title: Re: Are anti-lawn burn supplements bad for your dog?
Post by: mutznutzmogz on Jan 19, 2017, 17:08
Hi, 2 things; Woof & Brew (combination of herb infusion) and Dog Rocks (igneious rock) both make safe products for dogs to prevent lawn burn, in addition I sell a product called PetRepair - lawn repair kit which actually works made by an agricultural company, priced at £9.99.
Title: Re: Are anti-lawn burn supplements bad for your dog?
Post by: Meg on Jan 19, 2017, 19:14
Here is an interesting article about lawn burn written by an American vet:

https://www.doghealth.com/how-to/how-to-prevent-lawn-burn-from-dog-urine

It reads that Fescue and Ryegrass are most resilient to the effects of dog urine. Perhaps I should have been using  Mr Fothergill's 'Tough Lawn' seeds all along in my garden!