Something many dog owners come to love, but some hate, is the smell of corn chips that their pup tends to give off. Especially between their toes.

I personally love the smell because it reminds me of my sweet little puppy. Whenever she gets extra sleepy or warm, the smell tends to increase, especially when she’s been sleeping in her crate all night. The moment you lift the blanket covering the crate up to let her out, the smell hits you. We call it her ‘Frito Factory’ because of this.

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It is a common thing for dog’s feet to smell like Fritos, and it isn’t something to be concerned about. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) the smell comes from the microbiome of bacteria that lives on their skin. The ones responsible for the corn chip smell are called Pseudomonas and Proteus, and they are a normal part of your dog’s biome.

Just like humans, dogs have certain smells they give off based on the bacteria on their bodies. Unless the smell is abnormally potent or nasty smelling, there is nothing to be concerned about.

However, if the smell of corn chips bothers you, you can keep the smell down by bathing your dog more often and being sure to clean their feet and any folds on their skin.

I personally love puppy smell, including their little Frito paws, but I know not everyone likes it. If you aren’t a fan, don’t judge if you spot me taking a whiff of my dog’s paws every now and then. Plus, I know I’m not the only one that does it.

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