Why do My Dog's Paws Smell Like Fritos?

Do you smell your dogs paws? No? Okay, well me and my best friend are weird and we have and we do. Our dogs paws smell like Fritos! No joke! My dog has a completely corn FREE diet, so why is the smell of corn chips coming from her paws?


As it turns out we aren’t the only one’s asking this question and the answer is fairly simple. It doesn’t have to do with diet and it’s not that my dog is dirty. It turns out that “Frito feet” is a common and natural occurrence.

There is bacteria that lives in even the most clean of the furry feet. This bacteria is called Proteus or Pseudomonas.


The bacteria makes it’s way onto your pets paws from soil and water and that is what gives off the fruit like smell.


Now this “Frito feet” symptom from the bacteria is generally harmless; if the smell becomes extremely over powering or your pup is excessively licking their paws, this could be a sign of an infection and you should contact your vet. Frito feet is way better than the human equivalent of stinky feet so throw your dog a bone, literally.