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

If you have a dog, you’ve probably noticed an odor emanating from their adorable paws. Most people recognize it as a corn chip or popcorn smell, and many dog owners say they actually like the scent. Regardless of your opinion about the odor, rest assured that, in most cases, this is completely normal.

If you’re wondering why your pet’s paws smell like corn chips, you’ve come to the right place! At Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to pet care. We’ve tackled this question with the same vigor as when we explore topics such as dental care, pet food, and canine influenza. Keep reading to learn more about this peculiar canine scent!

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What’s a Pet Owner to Do About the Canine Flu?

Canine flu is a serious threat to dog health.You have likely been hearing rumblings about canine influenza in the area. While the canine flu isn’t a new disease, we have recently seen an uptick in cases in the Massachusetts area. So what is this dog flu? Do you need to worry? And more importantly, what can you do to protect your pet? Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital is happy to answer all your questions.

Facts about Canine Flu

While the dog flu has been around for about 15 years at this point, it is relatively new in the grand scheme of canine infectious diseases.

It first made its appearance on the greyhound racetracks in 2004, but was rather isolated and not a concern to the general public. In 2015, however, a new and second strain of canine flu appeared in the Midwest. This H3N2 strain of canine influenza became the culprit behind many outbreaks of kennel cough throughout the country. Continue…

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Precious Paws: Summer Paw Safety Tips For Your Pet

Paw Safety Matters

Many pet owners can’t wait to go for walks to the park, to the beach, and many other outdoor locales with their four-legged friends when the beautiful summer weather hits. Certainly our pets love it as much, if not more, than we do.

While it’s understandably tempting to take our pets along on whatever summer adventures we conjure up, it’s important to keep their safety and comfort in mind. The summer sun can increase your pet’s chances of suffering a heat-related injury, including injuries to the paw pads from hot surfaces.

Practicing good summer paw safety can reduce your pet’s chance of injury and ensure a happy and active summer for the both of you. Continue…