Buying a Bird: 7 Things You Need to Know About Avian Care 

Have you been thinking about getting a bird? Pet birds make great and unusual pet companions. But like anything, birds have their pros and cons, and there are some considerations for basic husbandry that no pet owner can ignore.

To help you assess whether buying a bird is right for your family, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here with some of the important things you’ll want to consider.


Why Do My Pet’s Paws Smell Like Fritos? 

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Have you noticed a distinctive odor emanating from your pet’s cute little paws? Perhaps something reminiscent of corn chips or popcorn? No, you aren’t going crazy – your pet’s paws really do smell like they’re edible!

If you’ve ever wondered why your pet’s paws smell like Fritos, you’re not alone. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are asked this question routinely, so we thought we’d shed a little light on the topic!

Why Your Pet’s Paws Smell Like Fritos

Just like us, our pet’s bodies are covered with a healthy and (usually) balanced array of bacteria and yeasts. These microscopic organisms are responsible for the various odors the body produces – the bacteria Pseudomonas and Proteus are most likely behind why your pet’s paws smell like Fritos.