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female dogs and brown spots: time for an intervention

13 September 2011

Dog Urine is Killing our Lawn

Our Great Dane Puppy Luna’s pee to be precise.

I lamented about it previously in early April. Luna hadn’t been with us three months before her urination began the ruination of our back yard. You can read about it in Urine and the American Dream.

Dog urine killing grass in backyard

our back yard is no match for six months of unrelenting dog pee

Unfortunately, but hardly surprisingly, the brown spots have spread like any number of invasions that you could cite from history. The Beatles-led British music invasion of the early 60s. The second Persian Invasion of Greece in 480 BC, without which we could never had enjoyed Gerard Butler as an over-the-top King Leonidas of Sparta. And without which we would never have appreciated the pathos of exclamations like “Spartans, tonight we dine in hell.”

Our lawn has been wilting under a similar invasion–the spread of brown spots. Here’s the latest aerial reconnaissance imaging. (Note: unable to rent an unmanned drone, I settled for a pic from our second-floor bedroom window). While the picture lacks a visual point of reference, know that the lawn area shown in the image is approximately 32’ X 12.’

Time for an Intervention

The method of intervention is a product called GrassSaver that is sold under the NaturVet brand. A Temecula, CA company called Garmon Corporation markets it.

MW picked up a jar of GrassSaver this weekend.  I think she’d characterize it as a speculative purchase. I characterize it as a skeptical purchase. Regardless, there’s a 100% Money-Back Guarantee. I fully intend to request complete reimbursement if the intervention is as unsuccessful as Persian King Xerxes’ Greek foray.

What is GrassSaver?

The marketing department (or the person responsible for label copywriting) touts it as “A Healthy Supplement to Rid Your Lawn of Yellow Spots.” I don’t know if color exactitude matters. The spots on our lawn are definitely tan or brown. The liquid exiting Luna, however, is decidedly yellow.

The product is a chewable tablet or wafer that you give to your dog. There are 300 wafers in the jar. Luna’s supposed to eat five per day. The first five urine-fighting ingredients are: microcrystalline cellulose, maltodextrin, dicalcium phosphate, dried whey, and di-methionine.

A Crimson Red Flag

I haven’t even opened the jar and I’m highly skeptical. Maybe it is because the label copywriter thought it important to note the following potentially helpful information in a section with a Helpful Instructions subheading:

“Water yellow spots heavily for two weeks. Once your pet has been fed GrassSaver Wafers for two weeks, reseed all yellow spots.”

A Bladder That’s Anything But Intermittent

The same copywriter (or Garmon Corporation’s corporate lawyer) also wrote on the label that “this product is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.”

Do Garman’s product managers realize that dogs continually urinate? There’s nothing intermittent about Luna’s urination frequency. Whether or not she’s eating GrassSaver Chewable Wafers, Luna’s going to squat in our yard and relieve that uncomfortable pressure in her bladder. If she didn’t, we wouldn’t have a lawn resembling The Somme after the guns fell silent on Nov. 16, 1916.

Battle of the Somme shell craters

lawn long gone: devastation in 1916 near the river somme in northwest france

The logic appears a little frayed. Intermittently use a product that mitigates the toxicity of a bodily function that is anything but intermittent?  What exactly does Garman mean by intermittent? I have no idea, but it could certainly impact whether I’ll ultimately contact the refunds department, or whether we’ll awaken one morning to a gloriously verdant and newly reborn lawn.

Update and objective product review to follow some time in the future. Fingers tightly crossed.

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  1. cathy mitchell permalink
    13 September 2011 7:04 am

    Re the “dicalcium phosphate” in the ingredients… As you know, you have to be very careful with supplements in growing great danes. I would research that particular ingredient more as it could potentially be an added source of calcium in her diet, which is a big no-no for dane puppies.

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