How to Get Rid of Frito Feet

Things You'll Need

  • Towel

  • Bucket

  • 1 gallon warm water

  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide

  • 1 to 4 cups of white vinegar

Tip

You can also use apple cider vinegar, which has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

Yeast lives in nail beds and crevices. Have your dog's paw fur and nails trimmed regularly by a groomer or veterinarian to help keep his paws clean.

Depending on the size of your dog, you may be able to soak all four paws at once by standing him in the sink.

Use a kiddie pool or bathtub for larger dogs; just increase the ingredients proportionately.

It's time for a foot soak if your dog's paws smell like chips.
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When a dog has a yeast infection in his paws, the resulting smell resembles corn chips, so the condition is sometimes called "Frito Foot" by owners and veterinarians. While not everyone finds the smell objectionable, a yeast infection can become uncomfortable for your dog. If you notice that your dog's feet are itchy and the smell is overwhelming, you should contact your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may recommend a foot soak to disinfect your dog's paws and get rid of the smell.

Soaking Your Dog's Feet

Step 1

Mix warm water, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a bucket.

Step 2

Place one paw in the solution and allow to soak for 30 seconds.

Step 3

Remove paw from bucket. Do not rinse.

Step 4

Gently pat paw dry with a towel.

Step 5

Repeat the process with each paw.

Step 6

Repeat the soaking process as many times a day as necessary to keep your dog's paws clean and odor free. Watch your dog carefully to make sure he doesn't lick his paws and ingest the solution after it has dried.

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