Frito Feet: Why Do My Dog’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips??

Have you ever noticed a strange, yet somehow familiar smell emanating from your dog’s paws?

You’re not alone. Often referred to as ‘Frito’ feet, this curiosity is real and can have dog owners scratching their heads and wondering why their dog’s paws smell like corn chips! 

At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, we never shy away from life’s tough questions! Stay tuned as we tackle the strangely pleasant phenomenon of Frito feet.

It’s Only Natural

It is the combination of harmless bacteria and fungi that is responsible for that yeasty (Frito-y) smell on your dog’s paws.

Just like humans, dogs are covered in these organisms and as they walk around, both indoors and outdoors, they pick up dirt and other debris that settles in between their toes.

Once combined with the sweat that exists there naturally, you have the perfect growing environment for the odor-causing offenders – hence, the Frito feet smell.

When Frito Feet Become A Problem

Most pet owners don’t mind the subtle smell of Frito Feet, but if the smell becomes overwhelming, it can indicate a yeast overgrowth or infection. If it is accompanied by other symptoms, it can indicate an underlying health condition. 

While yeast infections in a dog’s paws are relatively common and usually treatable with medication, they can be especially problematic for pets with allergies or compromised immune systems by causing serious secondary infections or dermatological problems that can be difficult to treat. Schedule your pet for a check-up with our veterinarian if you notice any of the following:

  • Corn chip smell coming from the ears
  • Excessive licking/chewing at the paws or other parts of the body
  • Raw or red ears or skin
  • Injury to the paws
  • Hair loss

Proper Paw Care

Grooming your pet’s paws should be a part of your regular pet care routine. Keep your dog’s tootsies at their best by:

  • Bathing your dog on a regular basis at home (or by our professional groomers), paying special attention to the areas in between the toes. Use a pet-specific, hypo-allergenic shampoo and dry between the toes afterwards.  We carry these shampoos in our lobby and online stores, and are happy to help you select the one best for your pet   
  • Keep the fur between the toes trimmed to minimize odor-causing sweat and debris buildup. Depending on the dog, this may best be done by a professional groomer. Your dog’s nails should also be clipped on a regular basis (if you can hear their nails clicking on a hard floor, they are too long).
  • Make sure the paws are wiped clean and thoroughly dried when your dog comes in from outdoors – especially if the paws are wet or muddy.

Whether your dog has Frito feet or not, the paws play an important role in your dog’s comfort and life-long mobility. Let’s keep them healthy! Don’t hesitate to give us a call for more information or to schedule an exam with our veterinarian or a grooming appointment in our Grooming Salon. We are always happy to help your pets have great lives!

Help! Why Does My Dog Have Stinky Fur? 

Do you have an adorable, furry, four-legged stinker on your hands? While some level of ‘doggy smell’ is to be expected from our canine companions, truly stinky fur may be cause for concern.

Our team at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center doesn’t shy away from malodorous topics and can help you get to the bottom of your pup’s smelly situation!

Common Causes of Stinky Fur

Regular bathing and brushing will go a long way toward cutting down on normal doggy odors. Check with your veterinarian to see how often your dog should be bathed (we carry hypoallergenic pet shampoos for home bathing in our lobby retail store).

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The Ins and Outs of Anal Sacs

Does your dog regularly scoot its cute backside across the living room floor?

Do you occasionally notice an unpleasant, musky odor in the air or spot a brown streak on the carpet?

Have you noticed your pet obsessively licking its rear end?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, your pet’s anal sacs may be to blame.

While not the most exciting topic, knowing what the anal sacs are and how to properly care for them is an important component of your pet’s care.

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Healthy and Clean: Why Home Cat Grooming is so Important

Cats are clean by nature. In fact, it can sometimes seem that your cat spends half its time washing its face and ears, smoothing down fur, cleaning out paw pads, and generally keeping him or herself beautiful.

Regardless of how well your cat takes care of itself, most cats can benefit from a little help. Home cat grooming can help you keep a close eye on your cat’s haircoat, skin, and nails, as well as decrease hairballs by removing loose fur. It can also help deepen the bond you share with your feline companion. Finally, home grooming can help ward off that dreaded visit (by your cat) to the groomer to correct matting and other problems that can result when regular maintenance needs are not addressed.  

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Cozy Toes: The Principles of Winter Paw Protection

Winter Paw Care is important

Our pets rely on their paws to transport them everywhere they need to go and in all types of weather, and it is easy to assume that their paws can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at them. Unfortunately, cracked pads, frostbite, chemical burns, and more present numerous hazards to the well-being of our pet’s paws, especially, this time of year. With this in mind, the team at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center would like to walk you through the basics of winter paw protection for your furry loved one!

Adorable Anatomy

Paw pads are some of the cutest parts of any pet, but they also serve many important functions. Pads provide cushioning and shock absorption by protecting the ligaments, tendons, and bones from the impact of walking and running. They also provide insulation from hot and cold surfaces, as well as traction when a pet traverses across varying types of terrain. As if that’s not enough, paw pads also protect our pets against bacteria, parasites, and other nasty contaminants present on any surface or terrain they come in contact with.  

Over time or as a pet matures, the surface of the pads will become more tolerant to heat, cold, and rough surfaces. That doesn’t mean, however, that they don’t need some additional protection and care during the winter months, especially, when exposed to extreme cold, ice, and chemical de-icers.

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Fancy Feet: The Importance of Pet Nail Trimming

Have you been hearing the telltale click of Fido’s nails on your kitchen floor lately? Has Whiskers taken to shredding the corner of the leather sofa again? If so, it may be time to trim your pet’s nails.

For many pets and their owners, pet nail trimming can be a task that invokes fear and dread. Your friends at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center understand your apprehension and want to help you get started on this important health and wellness task.

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