Ever wonder why your dog emits the various scents he/she does?
Some people hate the smell of a dog, but I know some of you out there can’t get enough of your dog’s unique smell! I myself have noted that my dog’s forehead smells like the beach, and his feet smell like doritos!
First off, there’s no need for concern. Here’s what’s going on: Your dog’s skin-especially on their paws-is home to many microbes. The food-like smell you’re noticing is usually due to natural bacteria that give off a yeasty odour, particularly the bacteria Proteus or Pseudomonas.
Your dog’s feet make a very comfortable home for this bacteria because they tend to see a lot of moisture, and not a lot of airflow. It’s completely normal, but if the smell becomes severe, watch for these warning signs, and report them to 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