I have no idea what Bruce has done to his paw, or rather to the pad of his paw. A few days ago it started to swell and I thought it was because he'd been chewing at it / licking it alot. It never looked infected and he'd walk on it. So I put this sauve on it for animals cracked dry skin. Obviously it got worse. Then I noticed little spots of blood all over the house. And sure enough it was the paw. Then my brilliant cat decided to jump down off a high place and busted the swelled up pad right open. It was a mess. So Nichole wrapped him in a towel, we cleaned the pad, put antibacterial ointment onto a gauze pad and taped up his paw. Strong tape, the type they use with IVs. First day he kept chewing the darn thing off........and kept getting bloody drips all over the house. Yesterday everytime I saw he had a tear in it I added a new piece of tape. lol Needless to say it stayed on for once. There was some drainage on the bandage when we removed it a bit ago. But it didn't look like there was pus in the wound. But since he'd busted his pad wide open right before the last bandaging........the gauze was full of dried blood. So we cleaned it and then dipped it in peroxide. (no he was NOT happy with us) Put antibiotic ointment onto a clean guaze pad and reapplied it to his paw. I'm afraid to leave it open for 2 reasons.......it keep oozing blood cuz he won't leave it alone......and 2. infection. I mean if nothing else there is the litter box. I'm worried about him because his eyes have been hugely dilated since yesterday afternoon. Nichole called every vet in the area, including the new animal hospital, and guess what? NONE of them will let you do payments. WTH? I can't afford to take Bruce to the vet. Ours is cheap and I still can't afford it right now. So I guess if you're poor you animals just get to suffer. Don't know what else to do for the poor guy except what I'm doing. Have to give him credit, I know it's terribly painful but he lets us take care of it with minimal protest.