People do think I’m crazy when we call Dolly’s paws ‘biscuit paws’ but I’m sure you know as a dog owner that familiar yeasty smell of your doggys feet. The naturally occurring bacteria on your dog’s paws is what causes this smell. This bacteria’s real names are Proteus or Pseudomonas and they grow everywhere including plants, soil, water, and even in humans.
This faint whiff of ‘biscuit paws’ from the ever present bacteria is no cause for concern, however if your dog’s paws are a bit stinkier than usual then there could be a problem and you should consult your vet.
Keeping paws clean
Here are my top tips for good paw care, which is really important all year round, but particularly at the moment we have outbreaks of Alabama Rot and as it is not known what causes it, good paw hygiene is essential. ( Click here to see reported outbreaks )
✅Clean: Always make sure your pet’s paws are kept clean. When bathing your dog, make sure to scrub in between each and every toe with warm sudsy water. Thoroughly dry in between each and every toe as well.
✅Groom: To cut down on the bacteria that causes that yeasty smell, keep the hair between the toes shortly groomed to lessen the surface area that the bacteria can linger on and to promote good air circulation.
✅ Protect: Dogs constantly step in dirt, which may contain trace amounts of poop, pee and chemicals from lawn care and pesticides, or salt and ice removal so use a good paw balm before your go out all year round – Try our Whiffy Dog Natural Skin & Paw salve.
✅Prepare: Before you take your dog out, place a small bowl filled with soapy water outside your door with a clean towel or paper towel. Upon returning from your walk, dip each paw into the bowl, then clean and dry between the toes. By preparing the bowl before you leave, it will be ready for use without needing to traipse your dog and the germs or chemicals all over your house. Don’t reuse this water since you’d just be redistributing the same chemicals. Throw it away and always start clean.
Homemade Paw Soak for treating smelly paws
This quick and easy recipe can be part of your paw hygiene routine after washing.
Mix the following ingredients in a flat bottomed dish ( we use a stainless dog bowl)
- 250ml organic apple cider vinegar
- The juice of a lemon – Lemon is an anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral ingredient
- 20 drops of peppermint oil.
Pop each clean paw in the bowl for 30 seconds and then let them air dry.