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Ihave a7year bullmastif her front paw keeps dropping back ie

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Ihave a7year bullmastif her front paw keeps dropping back ie clutch paw she also seems very confused is it a stroke
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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If Penny continues to act confused and drags her front paw (?), nothing wrong may have been found in the testing that was performed but that doesn't rule out a disorder. For example, confusion indicates a change in mentation (mental status) and that occurs as a result of encephalopathy (brain disorder). Front leg/paw disorder indicates a problem not only involving the leg itself but also a cervical myelopathy (spinal cord disorder in the neck) or, once again, an encephalopathy. The most common of the encephalopathies in a 7 year old Bullmastiff is a brain tumor and MRI would be required to identify a brain tumor. Ultrasound and blood tests rule out many other etiologies of Penny's behavior but not intracranial (within the skull) disorders such as stroke or tumor.

Stroke is less likely because it's usually evidenced by peracute (sudden) mentation change, vocalization, and seizure. The location and severity of a stroke, however, will dictate just what symptoms I see.

If "nothing is wrong" why were antibiotics prescribed? Please let me know how you feel about her testing and her vet's conclusion. Is Penny still symptomatic?