Have you ever gotten a sudden craving for corn chips when your dog is around? Did you ever check your dog’s breath to see if they’d eaten your secret stash of Fritos®? I have heard people say their dog’s paws smell like corn chips or popcorn. I’d never really noticed it before. Then, I fell in love with a certain Basset Hound and it became all too clear what they were talking about.
“Corn chip feet” is usually nothing to get too upset about. Dogs walk through a lot of funky stuff during the day then they lick their paws. They also sweat from the pads of their feet. This combination is a perfect place for yeast and bacteria to live. Two particular bacteria Proteus or Pseudomonas are the reason for the chip odor. They like to mingle together in the fur between your dog’s nails and around his pads.
Many people believe that it is caused by too much corn in a dog’s diet. This is not true, but you should try to avoid foods that list corn and other fillers as the first ingredients. It is just better for your pet.
How can I stop the chip smell?
In some cases, you are just going to have to learn to love the perfume of Eau de Chip. It is a natural and common effect of bacteria. To help combat the odor you can wipe your dog’s paws off with a puppy wipe after walking. Trim the hair between the toes and around the pads. *You can have a professional groomer do the job. Washing the dog’s paws will usually get rid of the smell for a while. Make sure to dry the paw thoroughly, between the pads and nails.
**Always seek the advice of a veterinarian if the smell is bothersome or strong. It could be an infection that needs to be treated professionally.
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