I bought a Shiloh Shepherd puppy from a reputable breeder, and brought him home on May 18th at 8 weeks, 4 days of age.
Eight days ago, during the evening while he was laying down, he had a focal seizure involving the back legs. I am quite sure it was a seizure, but was stunned, as I have never heard of seizure activity in a puppy so young. I took him to the vet a few days later, who also said she had never seen seizures in a puppy this young, and advised to "keep an eye on him." That was 4 days ago.
Today (in the air conditioned comfort of home), he had the same seizure, this time, though, he was standing up, and he fell to the ground, his back legs again "twitching". Each episode was over in less that 30 seconds.
I already love this puppy, but I'm retired and I'm fearful of committing to a dog who will need medication (at least) or expensive testing (at worst) on my relatively modest retirement income (which I can't see going up in the future.)
What should I do?
Part of me is already committed to this puppy. It would break my heart to return him, but I know the breeder well enough (really) to know that she would place him in a loving home or keep him herself.
The realistic part of me is worried about what is certain to be an expensive puppy to keep. Think: medications, EEG's, MRI's, blood levels, etc.
FWIW, I've already gone over all the causes of seizures in puppies, including to the extent that I've asked neighbors if they may have put rodenticides/pesticides/etc. out. I don't have my lawn treated (I'm an old hippy/environmentalist), but the neighbors do. However, no one has had their lawn treated since before I brought the pup home. The food and the treats I give him and my other dogs are made in the US and have decent reputations. No other dog is sick. He hasn't been exposed to any toxins in the home. So I think this is neurological. The vet thinks the next step is either to return the pup or have him seen by a neurologist.
Any help on how to approach this (non-medically) would be appreciated.
(Edited to answer a comment.)
Edited to add: The pup was scheduled for a neurologist visit and an MRI ($2000). In the four weeks I had him, he has 5 seizures, and I decided to take him back to the breeder for a refund. It did not go very well, as the breeder didn't want to own up to a potentially genetic problem in her dog line (she has males she still studs out.) So I wasn't refunded the deposit ($400), and she blamed me and my vet for the dog's condition, even posting a nasty post on my vet's facebook page. She claims the dog has had no further seizures. One on the pups from that litter died in the middle of the night, though, a few weeks later (from VTach.) My take away after all the reading I did was that Shiloh Shepherds are a tricky breed at best, and the testing for them to breed isn't extensive enough. I went with a different breed puppy.