Why Do My Dog’s Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Let’s be honest. We’re all dog lovers here. We often appreciate their snuggles after a long day. But, have you ever cuddled up next to your dog and noticed a distinct smell coming from their feet? This is commonly known as “frito feet.” This smell, which usually occurs within the ears or feet, is usually related to yeast overgrowth.

Yeast is a naturally occurring fungus that is found in both humans and dogs. However, if there is an abundance of it, it can cause issues and discomfort. Yeast thrives in moist, warm environments, which is why it is noticed in our pet’s feet and ears. An overgrowth of yeast may be caused by a multitude of factors—usually environmental or diet related. However, yeast is often fueled by the ingredients we feed our dogs. This is why it is important to ensure you are building a healthy pup from the inside out.If you believe your pet may have yeast overgrowth, a diet change may be exactly what they need to feel better. Adding fresh foods to their diet can promote a healthy gut and help the immune system resolve the yeast overgrowth and prevent further issues. Supplements like probiotics and digestive enzymes can also be added to help aid the process. Our staff at NorthPoint can help you make healthy decisions for your pet’s diet.