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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A Clean Bill of Health: The Importance of Regular Pet Wellness Exams

pet wellnessWe know that we’ll probably outlive our pets, and it’s this fact that helps us walk alongside them for as long as possible. Thanks in part to modern veterinary research and medicine, however, pets are living longer than ever. Instead of managing health problems after they develop, it’s now recommended that a pet be seen for routine examinations and diagnostics to prevent health problems. The result of supporting general pet wellness every 6 months? Pets and their owners get more of what they’ve always wanted: extra time together.

Lifelong Health

Younger pets need a bit more help in the beginning. To be sure, establishing the foundation of lifelong health is more successful when it’s done early on (it also helps with the creation of a positive vet experience during the sensitive period of development). We address vaccinations, microchipping, spaying or neutering, and parasite prevention, but we also take on behavioral needs, nutrition, lifestyle, dental care, and exercise.

The health of puppies and kittens is sustained through regular visits, and the average is twice a year.

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Panic and Pet Anxiety Over the Holidays

iStock_000077561627_LargeThe chaos of the holidays can be highly stressful for pets. Changes to the feeding or walking schedule, strange visitors, or new accommodations make it challenging to keep your pet calm throughout this busy time of year.

Although relatives and other visitors may be welcome guests, they’re still unknown to your cat or dog. Since it can be difficult to anticipate how your pet will react, exercise careful planning to help alleviate panic and pet anxiety this holiday season. Continue…