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.

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When Does Having Pets Become Hoarding Them? 

The  subject of how many pets a person can own is a sensitive one. It’s also highly subjective, to some extent, and in some cases there are legal issues that determine pet ownership. Unfortunately, there is no magic number as to how many pets an owner can handle, but there are red flags that signal a problem. 

The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are  here to address the situation of pet hoarding and help illuminate the signs.

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Not Knowing the Signs of a Reverse Sneeze Could Cost You 

Many dogs will live their entire lives without experiencing a “reverse sneeze”, while other pups will make the signature honking, wheezy snorting sounds from time to time. If you’ve never heard your dog do this, you may wonder if you’ve got a real emergency on your hands (it’s that jarring). But before you know it, your dog stops the alarming sounds and goes about their business. 

Knowing what’s going on during a reverse sneeze (also known as paroxysmal respiration) can save you a lot of worrying and expense!

Up the Nose

A normal sneeze is triggered by an irritant in the nasal passages. By forcing air out through the nose, dogs clear up any triggers. However, during a reverse sneeze, air is pulled in through the nose quite rapidly. A strange dog behavior for sure, they will stand still, extend the neck, and make snorting or honking noises.

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Key Concepts of Leash Training Your Dog

Walks are important for all dogs, regardless of age. In addition to building the bond between you and your pet, exercise keeps you both healthy and keeps boredom at bay. Dogs need to explore their environment for their own well being. Daily walks also aid in your pet’s digestion and help them sleep better at night. 

But many people are reluctant to walk their dogs, afraid of the pulling, barking, and general unpleasant behavior that may accompany leash walks. It’s easy to think that dogs just innately know how to walk on a leash, but in fact, this skill is something that needs to be trained. It’s an important skill to teach, and one that you’ll appreciate every time you take your dog out for her walk. 

Keep reading for tips on leash training from The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital.

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Bloat in Dogs: A Real Emergency

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Pet emergencies happen, and it is nice to know that The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are there for you. Some urgent pet problems are more serious than others, and it is important to understand those that cannot wait.

Some of these, like a pet who has been hit by a car, are pretty obvious. Others are a little less in your face. In particular, suspected bloat in dogs is one of those do-not-pass-go situations that requires a vet visit yesterday and is one that every pet owner should know about. 

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Help! My Pet Has Been Sprayed by a Skunk!

There’s no mistaking the unique aroma of skunk spray. If you’ve ever been the unfortunate owner of a recently-sprayed pet, you know all too well the noxious, eye-watering stench. Rushing to bathe your pet was probably your first instinct, but bringing them inside and getting them wet is actually the worst thing you can do!

If your pet has been sprayed by a skunk, let The Pet Experts shed a little light on the stinky situation. We will explain why skunks spray, and what you can do to remove the odor and protect your pet (and your rugs, furniture, bedding, and everything else you own) from a smelly disaster.

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Too Much, Too Often: How to Train Your Dog Not to Bark

Dogs and barking seem to go hand-in-hand. In fact, it can actually be helpful when your pet barks to alert you to a dangerous situation or an unknown visitor. However, unprovoked bouts of barking or prolonged periods of barking can be difficult to manage. 

Of course, no pet owner wants to completely eliminate all forms of barking. Fortunately, you can focus on correcting the behaviors you don’t want so your dog can engage in natural barking behaviors that benefit the whole family. 

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Little Known Health Benefits of Relaxing with Your Pet

It’s no secret that having a pet can make you healthier. Some of the benefits are obvious – walking and running with your pet increases your fitness and ensures you get outside for fresh air every day. However, for most of us, the downtime at the end of the day is where we connect with our pets. But is all this relaxing together with our furry companions just good for our physical health?

The good news is that any time spent in the company of a four-legged companion has the potential to improve the state of our overall health and wellness. Let The Pet Experts highlight the many benefits of relaxing with your pet!

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That Thing You Do: Strange Dog Behaviors Explained

Dogs are amazing, if not a little odd. We take many of their quirky but cute habits for granted. Every once in awhile, though, your pup does something that makes you stop and wonder.  The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are no strangers to strange dog behaviors. Keep reading to find out what we know about your constant companion.

It’s All About Communication

Many of the things that dogs do are rooted in communication. Since they can’t just talk and tell us when they need or want something, often times body language or actions are their means to an end.

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How to Throw a Pawsitively Pawsome Pet Birthday Party


Our pets do so much for us. Besides giving unconditional love, their daily antics bring joy and laughter to our lives (not to mention some great Instagram pictures!). With their wagging tails, sweet purrs, and cute faces, our pets certainly give us something to look forward to at the end of a long day. Studies show that pet ownership even contributes to better health and longevity.

With all these benefits, you might be looking for a special way to show your pet how much you appreciate them, and a pet birthday party may be just the ticket!

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