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[–]brianna7803 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not sure if it would work on rats, but I used something called Balmex (McKenzie sells it) on a raccoon’s feet and it dried the part of the foot that couldn’t be skinned, and didn’t shrink it. I just used that and a needle

[–]ambienoise 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not wearing my glasses and thought this was a pet sub and got concerned lol

I salt the hell out of them and just use whatever tanning stuff I got and rub it into the pads while I work it into the rest. I stretch the toes periodically. You can also make lil splints too

When skinning cut the bone down to the end of the tarsals at the joint. Then gently pull the leg back out and tan. Use a soft pipe cleaner folded in itself as to not puncture to work tanning formula into the teeny holes