Horse Lover asked in PetsDogs · 8 years ago

Do your dog's feet smell like Fritos?

This is a very common question asked in the dog section......Do your dog's paws smell like corn chips?

Dogs give off a myriad of different smells (particularly when they've rolled in something or gotten soaking wet), but most paws give off a corn chip aroma.

The smell is probably due to the naturally occurring bacteria and yeast that collect in the moist folds and pockets of the feet. One possible culprit, the common bacterium Proteus, is known for its particularly yeast-y scent. Or it could be the fruitier-smelling bacterium Pseudomonas. Both bacteria are harmless and do not require treatment unless the odor is overpowering, which could be a sign of an infection.

Paw smell ranges from full-on Frito factory, to tortilla to pop corn. Interesting how the aroma falls squarely in the "salty snacks" category!

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  • 8 years ago
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    Lol, how odd. I always tell my mom her dog smells like corn chips..

  • 8 years ago

    My Dog`s paws smell like pop corn.

    Except my Pomeranian Schipperke mix`s paws usually smell like swamp because he LOVES running through the swampy areas around our house... But then his whole body smells like swamp after being outside and running around lol (And some times the white fur on his chest is green).

  • My APBT mix's feet smell like Fritos! But my TM mix's feet smell like Cheez-Its.

  • 8 years ago

    My dogs feet smell like soupita lol.

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    8 years ago

    No but mine probably smell like Gorgonzola.

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