How To Prevent Dog From Smelling Like Corn Chips (Fritos)

If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably realized that your dog’s feet smell like Fritos. If that’s the case, then you’ll notice if you get close enough to your dog’s feet they mainly smell like corn chips. Although some dog parents don’t mind the scent other may wonder “How to prevent dog from smelling like corn chips or Fritos”.

Why Do Your Dog’s Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Well, it’s quite simple, but a fact that some of us may disregard! The reason your dogs feet smell like corn chips is from walking on multiple surfaces daily and this normally causes your dogs paws to pick up bacteria and fungi.

The 2 types of bacteria, that are the culprit for your dogs feet smelling like corn chips are, Pseudomonas and Proteus.

Dog’s also swear from their paws and this sweat can create the corn chip smell by activating the bacteria.

The good news is; you don’t need to worry about your dog’s feet smelling like Fritos. However, if you notice your dogs paws are red, or itchy you may want to look into this article: Dog Itchy Skin.

How To Prevent Dog From Smelling Like Corn Chips

The ideal way to avoid your dog from smelling like corn chips is making sure you’re keeping your dogs feet clean. This will help prevent any infection to your dog’s feet as well as bacteria and fungi build up.

  • Bathe your dog regularly, paying special attention to their paws and between their paw pads
  • Keep your pet’s feet dry.
  • Trim long fur on their feet and paws.
  • Wash your pet’s feet after walking through mud, debris, grass, or other dirty environments.
  • Consider using pet booties to keep your dog’s feet clean and uninjured.

It’s important to keep in mind that it is possible to reduce the corn chip smell.

When to Worry about Dog Smelling Like Corn Chips?

If you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms then it may be time to consider consulting with your veterinarian:

  • Inflammation
  • A cut that doesn’t heal
  • Injury to the paws or feet
  • Discharge

Back to blog