Why Do Dog Feet Smell Like Fritos?

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Did you know that most dog feet smell like corn chips and many dog people love the smell of their dog’s feet.

This may or may not be a surprise to you, fellow dog owner and dog feet lover. I for one don’t understand it. Perhaps because I know all too well what my dogs are walking through every day. Sadly it seems that my dog Chance’s feet don’t really have that smell that all these other dog feet seem to have.

What is that corn smell exactly? Well, if you’ve ever had Fritos, or any kind of corn chip, you already know what I’m talking about. Turns out that most people seem to find that this is also the general smell of dog feet, and people can’t get enough. Have you ever smelled your dog’s feet? If not grab that dog and smell some dog feet right now.

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But why do our dogs’ feet smell this way? The secret is that those paw pads are where dogs do the majority of their sweating. Basically, anywhere that isn’t covered with fur is where dogs sweat. So naturally that doesn’t leave a lot of places.

What’s the reason behind that smell, though? Basically, it’s the result of yeast and bacteria. Most responsible for the smell is pseudomonas, a bacteria that comes from the soil and water your pup is constantly trotting through. That bacteria laden sweat gets stuck in the fur coat between the foot pads and – voila! You get “Frito feet”!

While the smell by itself isn’t cause to worry, if the scent is excessive it could be a sign of infection. If this is the case, it’s best to make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.