Get a second dog? Get ready for something different.

Two can be more complicated than one. Here are some tips if you are considering having a second pet.

Roxy is one of those dogs that makes everything easy: “She loves everything, very little maintenance,” says Cameron Gearan about her casual lab mix. She never gets sick. She doesn’t bark.
When Gearen decided to introduce a second dog into her Chicago home, she thought the new addition would offer more of the same things. Her new dog, Zack, took a lot more time, effort and expense than Roxy. Although he has now happily acclimatized to it, Gearen said she has struggled through moments when she wondered if this new arrangement might work.

Many dogs have a condition nicknamed “Frito Feet,” in which their feet smell little bit like corn chips. As Matt Soniak wrote in a Big Question on this site, this has to do with the kind of bacteria found on a pup’s feet, and “could be due to yeast or Proteus bacteria. Both are known for their sweet, corn tortilla–like smell. Or it could be Pseudomonas bacteria, which smell a little fruitier—but pretty close to popcorn to most noses.”

It is a common experience.

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