Yes, Your Dog’s Feet (Might) Smell Like Fritos – Here’s Why

An adorable puppy with its paws outstretched on a sofa looks at the camera

If you are like us, you love to cuddle and pet your dog. Studies show this helps us bond with our dog and is even good for our health. And, if you get close enough on a regular basis, you might notice a distinct odor emanating from your dog’s feet. 

Some owners describe this as a corn chips or Fritos smell. The question of why your dog’s feet smell like fritos has many owners wondering, what gives? Schertz Animal Hospital delves into the perplexing and strange smelling feet.

Why Do Your Dog’s Feet Smell Like Fritos? 

The reason your dog’s feet smell like fritos is short and sweet. Our dogs walk on and through many surfaces daily, and normally pick up naturally occuring bacteria on their pads. Two types of bacteria, Pseudomonas and Proteus typically cause the corn chips smell when mixed with the saliva of grooming and normal sweat from the paw pads. 

Wash and Go 

If you want to reduce the corn chip smell, wash your dog’s feet regularly with a gentle, pet-approved shampoo. Dry thoroughly, paying special attention to the areas in between the toes. Trim any long hairs in between the toes as well, and while you’re at it, clip the toenails if they are too long. 

If you need help with nail trimming, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment. 

Trouble Afoot

If you’re not bothered by the corn chip smell, you don’t need to worry. However, if the smell becomes overwhelming or you notice other signs of trouble, your pet should be seen by a veterinarian. Allergies, infection, or an injury may be plaquing your pet. 

If you notice your pet biting or chewing at their feet, belly, or groin, please give us a call. You also want to be on the lookout for any redness or irritation, and call us if you notice the corn chip odor coming from their ears as it could indicate an infection. 

Our team at Schertz Animal Hospital is here to help with any questions about your pet’s health and quality of life! 

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