WHY DO DOGS FEET SMELL LIKE FRITOS?
Dogs have a naturally-occurring yeasty-smelling bacteria living in their
pads that resembles the smell of corn chips. Dogs sweat through the pads
in their feet; And those with extra smelly feet tend to ‘sweat’ a lot, and
often their feet have deeper webbing that harbors the Frito-smelling bacteria.
Regular bathing of your dog will keep this smell to a minimum. Dogs with hairy
pads AND stinky feet benefit (or at least their owners do) by having their
pads shaved clean.
Many owners do not mind the corn chip smelling dog feet, but for those that do, a
great quick fix is: brown antiseptic mouthwash (NOT sweetened with
Xylitol). Dousing a washcloth in mouthwash and vigorously wiping the dog’s
feet, especially inside the webbing, will kill the odor and bacteria. Any
remaining fluid on the feet will evaporate away within 10 seconds.
“Frito Feet” on dogs is nothing to be alarmed about, but if it becomes offensive
to the owner, regular bathing and/or a Listerine foot dip will stop the odor.