What causes “Frito Feet” in dogs?
– Accumulation of bacteria and fungi
– Dirt trapped under the dog’s toenails
– Excessive licking causing irritation
– Allergic reactions to walking on carpet
Many dog owners have smelled the “Frito Feet” fragrance, but few know what causes it. Because odors may be an indication of infection, pet owners are understandably concerned. Veterinarians generally agree that Frito Feet is most probably caused by accumulation of bacteria and fungi. Dogs’ feet are constantly in contact with the ground, thus picking up a treasure trove of microorganisms and fungi spores. Dogs also sweat through the pads of their feet. Source: SentinelSource.com
Accumulation of bacteria and fungi
It’s actually very common for a dog’s paws to smell like Fritos. The corn chip odor — which some human noses interpret as more of a popcorn scent — is a byproduct of yeast and bacteria, Dr. Robert J. Silver, a Colorado-based veterinarian, told The Huffington Post.