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My Puppy Is Having Seizures

My 12 week old Golden puppy started having seizures early am Friday morning, we took her to the 24hr emergency vet and they ran a blood panel the results suggested it could be liver shunt. At this point her regular Dr. was open and we took her there they did a bile test and liver shunt was ruled out. She still keeps having seizures. She is current on her shots and has 1 set left in her puppy series. The vet sent her home with us for weekend (she is out of town for a conference) with meds Diazepam, phenobarbital and an antibiotic. The seizures since haven't been as severe but she is having trouble walking and seeing. We will be taking her back to vet on Monday morning and they will be running a Distemper test, Is it possible for her to have Distemper at this point with her already having 3 shots? I haven't taken her out anywhere. She did have Corona virus about 2 weeks ago and was treated and got better. Does anyone have any input as to what could be wrong with her? I realize most of people here are not Dr's but maybe someone has experienced the same problem.
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I am so sorry your little girl is having seizures, she's so cute.

I hope you get some answers Monday when you go back to the Vet.
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There are so many things that could cause seizures, most of which are not good. I would be seriously thinking about returning the pup to the breeder.

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Corona virus? that's spread through fecal matter from an infected dog. So my thinking is she has been somewhere to have picked that up, and perhaps she has been exposed to distemper too...
It's entirely possible if she's under 16 weeks old and was exposed she could have distemper. But if she's 12 weeks old, why has she had 3 sets of shots already? That's a lot. When were they started?
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So sorry you guys are going through this - I lost a 10wk old rescue puppy in October to distemper, it was horrific. He had the virus before I got him and we had to humanely euthanize 48 hours after his seizures started and never stopped. We only had him for 2 weeks. The first sign was pneumonia. We saw many vets and emergency vets during that time and would have given anything to help him. They all agreed if he was still having seizures after the phenobarbital doses that was the indicator it was distemper. The distemper test is thrown off by recent vaccines (when I first rescued him and didnt know he was sick) is what we were told. He also lost vision and coordination, the damage is unreversable. Praying your puppy has something else.
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I'm so sorry. This sounds incredibly distressing and heartbreaking. Have you contacted your breeder? A good breeder would want to know that one of their pups was ill, and perhaps they have had experience with seizures in other pups in their lines and can offer some advice. I hope you get some answers soon.

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So sorry I am. Actually, I do not think distemper. The neurologic signs are usually the last stages, usually. I would not rule out "being allergic to especially dhppL vaccination" even rabbies if given already. Or even to the treatment of corona. I believe it will solve by itself if sth not neurological. And making test for distemper will not give concise results due to the fact that your puppy has just given dhppL vaccination and of course in the blood they will encounter the virus. It will be vague results. Do not give the last vaccination yet.
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Please and please as I already wrote on other thread. It is one of the curse that we face with our young rescue dog. When you come across with distemper, please opt NDV treatment. This has the highest percentage of survival. The other treatments just make you loose time & money. Not all the vets are equipped and experienced with it. However, find one and save your puppy & your broken heart.
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I am so, so sorry. My heart breaks for you and your adorable puppy. This would not medically relate to your pup, but my adult Golden started having seizures due to a benign brain tumor at 10 years old. I had it removed. They came back again 4 years later and there was nothing left to do. My point is, it was SO incredibly distressing and heartbreaking. Just seeing the seizures is terrible. I'm so sorry you have to go through this, what an incredibly adorable little baby you have. I hope the docs figure out the problem. I'll be hoping and praying for you both.
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