I wanted to write about my Lyla because I believe her story might help another dog. In January of 2011 at age 5 she had her vaccinations in one vet visit: Lepto, Lyme and the 4 way parvo, distemper cocktail. Then 4 weeks later Lyla had her first grand mal seizure. Then she had two more seizures two weeks later in a twenty-four hour period and was put on Phenobarbital and Thyroxine.
Then she had no seizures for a year.
In December of 2011 she had her vaccines again. This time she had the Lyme vaccine in one vet visit and three weeks later I brought her back for the Lepto. Turns out that the Lepto vaccine she had last year was discontinued by the manufacturer because it was causing bad reactions in some dogs. The new Lepto vaccine was supposed to be safer.
Then 5 weeks after the Lepto vaccine Lyla had a seizure. Since then she has been having seizures every 4 - 5 weeks like clockwork. My vet just started her on Potassium Bromide to go with the Pheno...we'll see if that helps.
I don't know for sure if one of the vaccines caused the seizures and neither does my vet. But he can't rule it out either. So if you have a dog that has seizures for the first time even a month or more after being vaccinated please talk to your vet about what the dog really needs for vaccines. The only vaccines Lyla is going to have from now on are Rabies and Lyme. And both only after a titer to determine if she really needs them.
Here is Lyla this morning...still chasing deer in the woods...epilepsy hasn't slowed her down! I just wish I could have stopped her from getting sick in the first place.