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.