Ice Melt on Dog Feet
I need some help/advice about what to do about ice melt on my dogs' feet. I live in an apartment complex, and two nights ago we got our first really big snow. Naturally, the maintenance men put ice melt EVERYWHERE so the sidewalks, stairs, and even the road weren't slippery. The problem is, there is absolutely no way for me to avoid it while walking my dogs, but it is hurting their feet! They both start limping and holding their feet up as much as possible almost right away after going outside. I walk them through the snow and not on the sidewalks as much as I can, but it isn't enough. As soon as we get inside, I wipe their feet off with a warm washcloth to try to get as much off as I can, but when I inspected their feet a few minutes ago, I saw they they are now red and raw! I know it is the ice melt because when we get straight in the car and drive somewhere (like to a park), they run in the snow for a long time without any limping or lifting of feet.
Any advice on what to do? I've never had this issue with my golden before, and she is almost six now. I just got my German shepherd puppy two weeks ago, and I'm really nervous about their feet. We have tried booties with our golden in the past, and she absolutely will not wear them, so that isn't an option. I can carry the puppy across the sidewalks to the grass for now, but soon he will be way too big for me to be able to pick him up. What should I do? Is there even anything I can do?