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Strange Wounds on Feet

My golden retriever Cinnamon is a 7-yr old female, she is not fixed.
Now to business.

Over the last few weeks she has started getting these strange, swollen bumps inbetween her toes. She would get one once in a while on her front feet, but it would only get about pea-sized and then go away.
All of the sudden, now she's getting them on her back feet and they're much bigger. They're about the size of a chickpea, sometimes there is a wound, like a small puncture, and sometimes there isn't, just swelling. When they start to go away the skin where the swelling was stays soft, kind of like it's been deflated. I was examining one with a puncture after noticing a small bit of blood and decided to gently squeeze it to make sure there wasn't any pus.
There was a sudden pop-like feel and a small hard bit of blood came out, but nothing else. I didn't squeeze too hard because I don't want to aggravate anything.
It's hard to tell if it bothers her when touched because she's very ticklish with her paws and doesn't generally like them touched anyway (she'll jerk her paw away, but no whimpering or obvious signs of discomfort).
I've been using Neosporin or Bag Balm when I notice any open wound and they tend to heal quiet quickly, if open, but the swelling may or may not persist before 'deflating'.
She's a habitual paw-licker but oddly enough DOESN'T seem to lick at the wounds. She doesn't limp, her appetite and behavior are the same as ever.
She's prone to a lot of the classic golden ailments like ear infections and itchy back and a few small fat lumps, but all-in-all she's a picture of health. Sometimes she'll lick her paws in the early morning if she sneaks out of the bedroom, but it's not an everyday thing.
She doesn't go in water or mud, her time outside is mostly monitored. She walks on pavement during walks but the wounds are on the TOP of her feet/toes, not the bottom. I can't really think of any other information that may be useful off-hand.

I will post a few pictures so you can see exactly what I am talking about. Thank you in advance for any help or advice.

Swelling without Puncture
Healed
Wound w/ Puncture

Those aren't the best, but you get the idea. I'm not sure if she's losing any hair, she doesn't seem to (although my vacuum would beg to differ). The 2nd picture is very hard to see, but the wound is actually UNDER the 'bald spot', it's a little hard dark spot. Also, I clipped the hair on her paws so I could keep them clean, that's why it's bald/jagged/badly cut, heh.

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In my opinion since there are multiple sores like this she needs a veterinary evaluation and exam.
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Are there any plants seeding near you? Or any stinging pests that you know of? I agree, she should see the vet. Make sure you take her in when the bump in there and no just healed - that way the vet can see the sympthom in action. Let us know how it goes and what you find out.
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There are 3 swells, only one is open and another is healing.
When I took her to the vet they didn't say anything except 'watch and see'.
I don't mess around with my pets. If they need it, they go to the vet. That's the obvious answer. Please just post relevant advice. I want to know if anyone else has experience this issue and what their experience has been. Thank you.

Edit; Brave, I thought at first she might be getting bitten by ants, but we have none in our yard anymore and the swells are only a couple days old. Winter is on its way and it hasn't rained in some time. No seeding plants that I know of.
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Sounds like interdigital cysts or furunculosis...if I thought it was such, I would treat it with antibiotics. Soaking can help either with Epsom salts or an antibacterial soap.
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I will look into both of those, thank you S'sM!

My first thought was perhaps bites or some type of irritant except that they're usually on the top of her feet and they go away. She's a very pampered pooch (spoiled) and anything amiss about her is almost immediately noticed.
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There are 3 swells, only one is open and another is healing.
When I took her to the vet they didn't say anything except 'watch and see'.
I don't mess around with my pets. If they need it, they go to the vet. That's the obvious answer. Please just post relevant advice. I want to know if anyone else has experience this issue and what their experience has been. Thank you.

Edit; Brave, I thought at first she might be getting bitten by ants, but we have none in our yard anymore and the swells are only a couple days old. Winter is on its way and it hasn't rained in some time. No seeding plants that I know of.
Oh Please-- the obvious answer to your post is to go to the vet for evaluation. If the first vet didn't help, find another. That is relevant advice.
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Agree with DallasGold... Find a vet interested in treating your dog!
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See a vet for antibiotics and I agree with Sally's Mom (I know she is the expert here(she is a vet)), they look like interdigital cysts. Do you have foxtails around?
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