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Dear Daisy Dog

Our yard is carpeted with Zoysia grass. My dogs graze on it and even dig it up and eat the roots. I stop them when I can, because I’m worried that Zoysia might be toxic. Is it?

Daisy Responds

According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, the three commonly used species of Zoysia turf grasses are not toxic.

On the other hand, they have almost no nutritional value.
Zoysia stands up well to romping dogs, and it resists disease. Many people feel it tolerates dog urine better than other grasses.

An added benefit for dogs with seasonal allergies is that it doesn’t trigger allergic reactions like many other grasses do.

So don’t worry when your dogs nibble on the Zoysia, but don’t let them eat too much.

Last night, I overindulged on grass and dirt, and Mom wasn’t happy with what she found on the carpet this morning.

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