There is no question that we live in challenging times, and it has led to more people being as careful as possible. While this is definitely a good thing, it has also led to a lot of hyper-vigilance.
In a nutshell, people are looking for red flags among themselves, their family members, and even their pets. Of course, you are probably learning some new things about your pooch in the process and you probably have a lot of questions.
For example, you are probably wondering, “Is it normal for my dog to have smelly feet or is it a sign that they have the coronavirus? Well, rest assured, if your canine has feet that smell like either Fritos or cheesy popcorn, it’s perfectly normal. It doesn’t mean they have the coronavirus.
Simply put, the reason your dog has feet that smell this way is because they do not emit sweat in any other place other than their feet. Thus, it has no other place to go other than their feet.
Additionally, there is at least one other reason why your dog’s feet smell this way: like the feet of many other animals, a dog’s paws are home to many microorganisms that put out this smell.
Indeed, if you are concerned about the smell of your dog’s feet, all you have to do is simply bathe them in soapy water and that should clear it right up.
Of course, there are a few minor red flags that you should be aware of. First of all, if they have an excessive smell, feet that are swollen, or some type of discharge, they might have infected feet. In this case, a trip to the vet might be in order.
Incidentally, if you have ever noticed your dog panting after a warm day, this too has a lot to do with the fact that they only sweat in these areas. They need to have some way to release the moisture, and that would be through their tongue!
All in all, there is no reason to worry about the health of your dog if they have somewhat smelly feet, so rest easy.