So you may know that I sleep in a crate at night, which I love. It's good to have a place all of my own where I can hide things like leather shoes, Chapstick, and cell phones that I steal from my humans. The problem with my crate is that it stresses me out in the morning. When I hear my humans get up, I wake up and realize that I'm hungry!! I want to eat!! But there's this stupid latch on my crate so I can't get out until my humans come save me.
When my humans first see that I have a sore paw, they will usually let me take care of the first round of cleaning myself. I'm really good at getting all sorts of dirt and stuff away from the cut, and I've even been known to re-open a wound if it closed while there was dirt inside. They say my instincts are pretty good when it comes to taking care of my toes. Once I've cleaned the area, my humans will apply some Neosporin to prevent infection and then wrap my paw all the way up to my elbow. This bandage only stays on for 24 hours or so, and is only meant to keep germies away while the cut closes. Self-adherent wrap has been found to be the best type of wrap for this, as it doesn't stick to my fur, doesn't require tape, can just be thrown away when done and I can't seem to get it off. If I need extra cushioning for an extra sore pad, I'll have a washable fabric bandage applied and secured with medical tape. These items are worth keeping in your first aid kit.