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Buster's pads are extremely rough. I know you want some callousing to protect them from rough surfaces, but his are like coarse sandpaper. I have really sensitive skin, and when he puts his feet on me, he actually scrapes me up pretty good. Any advise? Is there some product available that might help soften them up a little?


Next question: Ringo's eyes are really goopy. Not like Buster's constant eye--boogies, more like an infection. I can't get him to the vet before Friday. Do you all know of anything I can use to help keep his eyes flushed out until then? I'm hoping it's just irritation from his skin issues or allergies or something nasty he got into at animal control, and that keeping the junk flushed out, we can beat this before it turns into something nasty.
 

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For Buster's feet, would he let you pumice them? That would remove some of the really rough part, but still allow him to have 'callouses' so he isn't tenderfooted. Or, you could try rubbing Vaseline petroleum jelly on them...just a thin layer, rub it into his foot real well...even if he does lick it, it shouldn't be harmful.

For Ringo's eyes, can you try warm compresses on them? My oldest daughter had chronic eye infections as an infant, and warm compresses helped A LOT (and actually ended up taking care of the problem cauising the chronic eye infections...clogged tear duct)...we did them 3 or 4 times a day, for a minute or two on each eye with a warm, damp washcloth.
 

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With the eyes, maybe a trip to Walmart or the pet store to see if they have any eye ointment or drops. If not, then you can use the same saline solution that contact wearers use to keep the dogs eyes flushed.

Pads - you gotta be careful with because it would be like the heel of your foot or the palm of your hand. The pad could become raw. The pad is rough just from the walking he does like our skin on our heels becomes rough when going barefoot. (I am sure you know this, just putting it in with the sentence so it makes sense} So like our skin, even a small amount coming off can effect it's tenderness. I would say when you go to the vet ask him and wear pants until then. Not much help I know, but like I said you gotta be careful those pads.
 
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