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Monday, August 31, 2015

Why Do My Dogs Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?

BY:  Laurie Brzostowski, President, Snaggle Foot Dog Walks and Pet Care-Round Lake, IL

I have been hearing about this for quite some time now.  I have a puppy and his paws don't smell like anything yet but it is funny how I keep hearing about this.

I thought it was interesting so I thought I would do research on this and share that with all of you.

Natural Bacteria Causes “Frito Feet”
The corn chip smell is actually caused by bacteria on your dogs feet. It’s natural and normal; most people say it reminds them of the smell of popcorn or corn chips. It’s commonly referred to as “Frito Feet.”

Dog feet are a thriving host for bacteria. Both of these common bacteria give of a yeasty type smell. Most people say the aroma reminds them of popcorn or corn chips. Dogs sweat through their foot pads; there is a lot of moisture and not much air circulation making its way between the toes and pockets of skin. Bacteria flock to and thrive on dog paws.

Actually, this is completely natural. The same microorganisms that give your dogs feet that corn chip smell are the same ones that cause body odor in us.

What If You Don’t Like The Smell?
Dogs sweat through their foot pads so the sweat gets trapped between their toes creating a build up of odor coming from their feet. If you’d like to prevent the build up of sweat you can trim your dogs fur around their toes.

The “frito feet” smell is a part of a dogs natural scent – if you’re a dog owner who doesn’t find it quite so "cure" just remember to keep their feet well groomed and clean.

Frito Feet Is Normal
If your dog is itching his feet a lot it might be a sign of an infection or allergy. For the most part that corn chip smell on your dogs feet is completely normal. It’s a result of natural bacteria collecting between their toes and producing that Frito feet smell.

So, don't worry if your precious pups feet smell like corn chips, it is completely natural.  Its funny.. but natural. 

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