Our dog has stinky feet! Not “sweaty gym sock” stinky, but more like corn chips. Is there something wrong with our dog?
Craving Fritos in Forest West
Dear Craving Fritos,
First things first: the good news is that your dog is totally normal. In fact, many dogs (and some cat’s) feet do, indeed, smell like corn chips. Secondly, this is nothing to worry about. The smell that your dog’s feet are giving off is a yeasty smell that is caused by a harmless bacteria called Proteus or Pseudomonas.
Combating The “Frito Feet”
While the “Frito Feet” phenomenon is normal, if it begins to bother you, a little basic hygiene can help. If your dog has long fur, consider keeping the fur around his paw pads trimmed. Dogs sweat through their foot pads and if your dog has long fur around his pads, this fur can trap the sweat and cause odor. Regardless of your dog’s coat length, paying extra attention to his feet when bathing can also keep the “Frito Feet” at bay a bit.
Does Diet Play a Role?
Some people say that the corn chip smell comes from feeding your dog lesser quality dog food–food that contains far more corn than a dog should consume, but this hasn’t been proven. However, feeding your pooch a higher quality pet food can help his overall health, so consider feeding him the best food you can afford. In the meantime, make peace with Rover’s corn chip feet. Perhaps it will remind you to make some chips and queso to eat while watching the Texans on TV!
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