Dear Labby: Why Do My Dogs Feet Smell Like Fritos?
Whenever I sit down to pet my dog, he typically rolls over on his back so I can rub his belly. When he does he sticks his feet right in my face and I notice his paws smell like Fritos. What’s up with that?
We should have mentioned this in our SlimDoggy Health Check: Bacteria post since the cause of the odor is just that, bacteria. Think about it, your dog’s paws are all over the place, in dirt, mud, water, across other animals dried urine…you don’t really want to think about where they have been too closely.
Dogs also sweat through the pads of their feet, so you have this bacteria build up, combined with the moisture of sweat. And, unlike humans, they don’t wash their
hands paws…that bacteria just stays there and builds up and emits an odor.
There’s typically two types of bacteria found on dogs feet: Proteus which emits the corn chip odor or Pseudomonas which is similar, but maybe a little sweeter smelling.
So, there’s nothing to worry about, it’s a natural odor.