Fun Dog Facts

Why Do Your Paws Smell Like Fritos?! No, Seriously!

 

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!

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Natural Bacteria

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 :)

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46 Comments

  • Lee-Anne

    January 6, 2016

    A nice bit of trivia about a much loved family pet. Not that I’ve smelt my dogs paws!

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      You should try and see, haha! :)

  • Toni Nelson

    January 6, 2016

    I did wonder why their paws smelled like that. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      I knew there had to be a real reason! :)

  • Caroline wildfeuer

    January 6, 2016

    As I read this,I lifted Stella’s paw to my nose and thought “YES! She is absolutely right.” Love reading your posts-babythanks for another fun one that still provides worthwhile information.

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      Hahaha, that is awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

  • OK, you are hilarious. I love what you write about. Your dogs must be like. “What the Heyllll”. Have fun but remember in the spirit of the movie Truth About Cats And Dogs and in the words of Jeanine G “You can love your pets, but you can’r LOVEEEE your pets” Ha Ha. Have a great day!

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      hahahahah… that is true, so so true!!

  • Nicole

    January 6, 2016

    When I read the post, I thought about how sometimes I’ll pet my dogs and realize they (not their paws) smell like a perfume, food, or something else random. Most times I have no idea why they smell the way they do.

    • Ashley

      January 7, 2016

      haha, my dogs have random smells too but their paws always smell like Frito’s or Cheetos’ LOL

  • Moe

    January 6, 2016

    Lmaaaooooo love it!!!! I cracked up at how true this is! Cuz I experienrd it two weeks ago dog sitting. You learn something new everyday. I can literally look at your blog allllll day the cuties posted here are just too adorable!!!!! Thanks for sharing! Your dog is beautiful BTW!!! How many do you have?!

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      Hahah! And thanks! I have two :) a Rhodesian ridgeback and a pit bull!

  • Iman Brooks

    January 6, 2016

    Learned something I did not know.

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      It’s a good day for learning :)

  • Haley

    January 6, 2016

    Love this!! Not only do I love trivia, I also love pooches! Thanks!

    • Ashley

      January 7, 2016

      Ha, perfect then!

  • Kim Steadman

    January 6, 2016

    HA! A cute piece of dog trivia. Who knew? Now I may need to go smell Zak’s paws, lol!

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      Hahaha… I hope you do! :)

  • Amber Lea Easton

    January 6, 2016

    My dog is always licking her paws–I had no idea this might be the reason. Thanks for the info!

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      No problem!

  • Logan Can

    January 6, 2016

    Okay, I am seriously dying laughing right now because this is SO TRUE! My sister says it all the time about her dog. How interesting.

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      Hahaha, well now you can tell her why it’s true! :-)

  • Alana

    January 6, 2016

    I had heard of this, but, not having a dog, I couldn’t check it out. The next time I visit someone with a dog, I will have to. I love fritos!

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      LOL, you will definitely have to!

  • ByBeck

    January 6, 2016

    jejeje learning something new! my doggy sometimes smells like sleepiness :3

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      haha, my dogs smell like Frito’s and mischief :-)

  • Heather Serra

    January 6, 2016

    Yes!!! I am so glad I’m not alone! I’m always commenting to my boyfriend how our dogs feet smell like fritos….then I smell them and he calls me a weirdo. Interesting facts! Now I know why! lol

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      Haha, you’re not a weirdo!! Doggie paws are the best!

  • Jeanne Melanson

    January 6, 2016

    I always enjoyed my dog’s smelly feet too. I called them “popcorn toes.” Never knew the cause of it though, so thanks for the education! :)

    • Ashley

      January 6, 2016

      Of course! Popcorn toes is so cute too!!

  • The Southern Thing

    January 6, 2016

    My poodle’s paws smell like Fritos!So funny!

    • Ashley

      January 7, 2016

      haha! :-)

  • K. Lee Banks

    January 7, 2016

    Oh my goodness, I’ve actually noticed this with both of our dogs! They just recently had their vet appointments and are healthy, but yeah…their paws do have that funny smell!

    • Ashley

      January 7, 2016

      LOL, well now you know why!!

  • Tara

    January 7, 2016

    That’s funny! Yes, I’ve thought that before, but I thought I was just weird.

    • Ashley

      January 7, 2016

      Haha, nope.. not weird, totally normal LOL

  • Angie @ My So-Called Chaos

    January 7, 2016

    That makes total sense! I swear, some days my whole dog smells like fritos. Even when he’s pretty clean. lol

    • Ashley

      January 7, 2016

      LOL so funny!

  • Rocio Chavez

    January 7, 2016

    Hilarious, love it! I knew it was a natural smell but wasn’t quite sure why – thanks for investigating and sharing. :D

    • Ashley

      January 7, 2016

      haha, of course. I knew there had to be something to it!

  • Susan Marot

    January 7, 2016

    Please don’t ask me to smell my dog Bailey’s paws! I know where they have been. Great post, thanks!

    • Ashley

      January 7, 2016

      hahaha.. right… kinda gross but we still love them!

  • Mary, Living a Sunshine Life

    January 14, 2016

    I love that you wrote about this. About a month or so ago was the first time I had ever heard about this. I am a cat person all the way, but I do love our dog. My husband is an all pet person, but he has a big place in his heart for dogs. He told me about the fritos thing and I thought he was crazy and then I set off to learn about it. Your post is one of the most straightforward and to the point explanations of it I’ve found yet. Thank you for that!

    • Ashley

      January 16, 2016

      hahaha, I’m glad you got to read this!

  • Marleen

    January 15, 2016

    haha love this post! Its so interesting and a little bit funny too!!

    • Ashley

      January 16, 2016

      LOL! ;-)

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