Herman has similar issues, and your right, it does hurt 2 watch my special lil’ guy hurt. I got a special glove that is used 4 wiping a dog’s paws after being out in the snow & ice. It’s from target. The brand name is “bamboo”. Herman loves it. The thing with lifting his paws 1 by 1 out of the snow was so painfull 4 me 2 watch, I actually picked him up & carried him inside when he was done with his potty.(all 70lbs of him) I’m still looking 4 boots 4 him though.