Every pet parent battles pet odours. Often a bad smell indicates a problem or a disease, but not always. Many pet owners have wondered why their pet’s feet smell like butter popcorn or corn chips.
Why Does This Happen: The skin, especially paws of most animals is home to many microbes. This corn chips/butter popcorn smell is usually caused by bacteria that are completely natural yet give off a kind of yeasty odour, particularly the bacteria Proteus or Pseudomonas.
Don’t panic just yet! Dog feet are a great place for bacteria and yeast to take up residence because there’s a lot of moisture and little to no air circulation in the folds and pockets of skin between toes and foot pads.Bacteria flock there and reproduce easily.
This is perfectly normal, giving this disease a friendly name called “Frito Feet”!
However, if the smell is really overwhelming, look out for the following signs and symptoms and consult your vet:
- Flaky/crusty skin or foot pads
- Redness, licking, hair loss
- Lumps, bumps, swellings between or on toes
- Cracked, flaky or broken toenails
- Limping or change in gait