Thank you so much for responding to my posts!!! Its really appreciated. I guess ill just take a napkin with water and clean it like that.I would just wash it good and leave it alone. My dogs have been scratched before, never had any problem with the scratch at all. Just washed with a touch of soap and rinsed it well and it healed just fine. Do not put human ointment on it, if he licks it, it is bad for him.