Skip Nav

Ammonia and Dog Urine

Don't Ever Clean Pet Urine With This

Even the best-trained dog can have an accident. It happens. However, it's up to you to fix that boo boo the right way. All-natural enzyme cleansers are great, but sometimes the mess needs heavy-duty cleaning. While you may be inclined to grab the strongest product from your supplies, there's one you should always steer clear of when sopping up the puddles.

Do you have any clue what that is? Think about it and then learn what and why to not choose it when you


Dog urine is made of a combination of ammonia, bacteria, hormones, and uric acid. As the urine breaks down, the ammonia concentration increases and sulfur-containing organic chemical substances known as mercaptans are then produced. If mercaptans are in the air, even at low concentrations, they are very noticeable — they are the same substances that give skunk odor and rotting cabbage a trademark stench!

For this reason, you should never clean up his pee pee with ammonia-based products. Similarly to how dogs love to mark and revisit old spots, the scent of ammonia can trick him into thinking it's an OK, previously peed upon place when potty time comes again. I'd even go so far as to not using this in a pet-filled home anyway as to not confuse a dog into using the freshly mopped kitchen floor as a prime bathroom break destination.

Latest Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets