Why Do My Dog’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?

It’s true: Dogs’ feet often smell like corn chips. And if you’re wondering what that’s all about, you’re not alone. As it turns out, there are a few reasons for this strange phenomenon. Luckily, most of them are totally normal and not a cause for concern—but there is one potential issue that could be dangerous if it goes untreated. Here’s what you need to know about the causes of your dog’s corn chip-smelling feet:

It’s sweat.

Sweat is a natural way for the body to cool itself down. Dogs have sweat glands in many parts of their bodies, including their paws, noses and armpits. It’s normal for dogs to shed excess water through their paws as well—especially if you live in a very hot environment or if your dog has been exercising strenuously.

If your dog keeps licking his paws or shaking them excessively after exercise, there may be an underlying health issue that needs to be addressed by a veterinarian.

It’s a yeast infection.

Yeast infections are a common and unpleasant condition for dogs. The most common symptoms of yeast infection are skin irritation and odor. However, because the odor is often mild or faint enough to be unnoticeable by humans, it’s not uncommon for pet owners to miss this distinctive smell altogether.

Treatment can vary depending on what type of yeast infection your dog has:

  • Antifungal medications are used to treat superficial infections that affect the paws and skin around them; they may also be effective against internal infections (like those inside the mouth). These medications should not be used in pregnant dogs or puppies younger than 6 weeks old; consult with your veterinarian if unsure whether they’re appropriate for yours!
  • Antibiotics may be prescribed if an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria causes a severe infection within one or both paws caused by licking at an open wound caused by another injury (e.g., stepping on glass). While antibiotics can help clear up these types of conditions quickly–within 2 days instead!–they won’t address underlying issues like allergies which may have contributed toward causing them in first place!

They might have stepped in something stinky.

There are a few reasons why your dog might have stinky paws. It could be that they stepped in something, like a dead animal or garbage. Or maybe they licked something, like garbage or even their own feces. If your dog has ever rolled in anything smelly (like dead animals or garbage), they may have gotten it on their paws and then tracked it around the house with them, leaving behind traces of stench wherever they trod.

It’s a scent gland issue.

In addition to having scent glands in their noses, dogs also have them on their paws. These glands are used to mark territory by secreting a scent from the paw pads that can be released onto trees or other surfaces. The scent is used to communicate with other dogs about where they’ve been and what’s been happening at that location over time.

Scent gland infections can cause an unpleasant odor on your dog’s paws, but there are several ways to treat the issue. What you do depends on if it’s the sole problem or if there are other symptoms present as well—such as pain or swelling around any of these areas: eyes; face; legs; paws/feet; stomach area (this includes genitalia). If your vet finds that only one part has been affected then they may suggest cleaning out your dog’s paws with soap and water first before applying topical antibiotics directly onto infected areas!

If your dog has a really strong corn chip smell, you should take him to the vet to be sure he isn’t developing a dangerous infection.

If you notice that your dog’s paws smell like corn chips and he also has redness, swelling or pain in his paws, it could be a sign of an infection. This is serious business—it’s important for dog owners to recognize these signs in order to get their pet treatment as soon as possible.

If you are concerned about your dog’s paws or if they smell like corn chips, talk with your veterinarian about best practices for treatment.


While there are many reasons why your dog’s paws might smell like corn chips, most of them are nothing to worry about. If your dog has a really strong corn chip smell but hasn’t been in anything stinky or is showing no other signs of illness, then it could be the sweat glands or yeast infection. These two issues can both lead to unpleasant odors and should be addressed by your veterinarian so that you can get back to focusing on more important things—like sniffing out imminent squirrel attacks!