Admit it; you smell your dog’s paws. You may even like the smell of them. You aren’t alone. An alarming number of people have admitted to sniffing their dogs’ feet. So many people have done it that they have also become aware of the fact that dog feet smell like Fritos. That’s right, corn chips. Although some people are brand specific.
People aren’t even afraid to admit that sniff their pets’ feet.
In fact, they just want to know what makes them smell that way. They have turned to social media to ask other people if they have noticed the smell and what they think is causing it. Even celebrities are curious about it.
The disturbing truth about the smell is that it’s just dog BO. That’s right; dogs have body odor too. They just happen to smell like corn chips. They have microorganisms such as bacteria that grow on their bodies, especially between their toes and on their paws. These create the scent that smells like Fritos. You won’t be so quick to sniff your dog’s feet anymore will you?
Most of the time, the scent of the corn chips on a dog’s foot isn’t anything to worry about, but it can also be a sign of a problem.
Some dogs get yeast infections in their paws, which can cause the same scent. If your dog seems to be experiencing pain, is biting or picking at his paws, or there are obvious signs of an infection, it is a good idea to see a vet.
If you don’t love that smell, there are a few things you can do to help keep rid of it.
Here are some tips to help.
Dogs need to be bathed on a regular basis to prevent them from smelling bad.
While dogs don’t need daily baths, they should be bathed at least once a week if not more often. Be sure to dry your dog well too.
Dogs can get nail fungus that smells bad. Check your dog’s nails to make sure they aren’t yellow or infected. Trim them regularly and be sure to trim back the hair that grows around them to help prevent bacteria from growing.
Make sure your dog is getting regular checkups to rule out a hormone disorder or an infection that could be causing the smell. A vet can make sure the pet is in good health and that no serious issues are causing the Fritos scent.
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone gave you a foot soak every night? Your pet will like one just as well. You can buy foot soaks for pets from your local pet store or order them from a veterinarian. You can also make your own by finding a safe recipe online. The soak will remove dead skin and help kill the bacteria that could be causing the unpleasant smell.
The next time you cuddle with your dog on the couch, and you have the urge to sniff his feet, go ahead and do it.
Think of it as a way to make sure he is in good health. If you notice that Fritos smell, call to make an appointment with your vet to rule out any serious health problems.
You can also take the time to pamper your pet with a bath, foot scrub and maybe a nice trim.
You can make an appointment with a groomer to see if they can help with the issue. Now that science has determined the reason for dog paws to smell the way they do, what other mysteries will be solved? Have you ever sniffed a cat’s paws? Go ahead, and do it. Nobody will judge you.
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