If you have a dog I’m sure you laughed when you read the title of this article because of how true it is! Lily’s paws, more than Romeo’s, smell like Fritos or Cheeto’s or popcorn ALL the time. At this point, I’m so used to it that I kinda enjoy it… haha, gross I know. And yes, smelling Lily and Romeo’s feet is a daily occurrence so I’ve always wondered, why do they smell like this?
Since this seems to be a normal thing amongst dogs, there had to be a real reason behind it.
And there is!
Dogs have TONS of bacteria living on their skin. Even the cleanest dogs can’t escape it. But the special bacteria that gives off the corn-like, yeasty, salty smell on their feet is called Proteus or Pseudomonas. Proteus and Pseudomonas are natural bacteria that are found in soil and water, which are picked up by your dogs’ paws. Mix that with a semi-moist environment and voila: Frito-smelling dog paws!
So, that’s it. Totally natural and totally safe. Of course, if the smell is excessive or your dog is excessively licking his paws, I’d make a quick trip to the vet to make sure everything is okay. You wouldn’t want to leave an infection untreated.
If not… enjoy those Frito smelling puppy paws all day long :)