As many of you will recall, we are in the process of reducing Ray’s anxiety meds to, hopefully, wean him off them completely (earlier Post link below)
We were advised to wait 4-6 weeks after each reduction, which gives Ray time to adjust and for us to assess him. We waited the full 6 weeks, and his meds have just been reduced by another 25%. In effect, he is now taking half the dosage originally prescribed 5 years ago.
So how is he doing? Extremely well! We were a bit concerned that his earlier fears of people and other dogs could re-surface but, happily, he is still as sociable as ever when out on his walks.
It may be my imagination, but he does seem to be more excited when he is approached with his car harness. He seems to love car rides, but that is probably simply the pleasure of us all being together in close proximity.
We were pleasantly surprised that with his recent vet visits in which he was prodded, poked, injected and made to vomit … he never displayed any behavior that may have been caused by a reduction in his meds.
Going through our local Tim Horton’s or McDonalds Drive-Thrus, he still positions himself so that he can get a good smell of whatever is being passed to me! All things being considered, we will look forward to the next 4-6 weeks after which we can possibly reduce him another 25%.
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It is April 10 tomorrow, so stay tuned. Tomorrow morning, as early as I can (say 6:00am here/11:00 am GMT), I will Post an explanation and the necessary link. The only advantages I will have over all of you (with one person exception), is that I know what will be happening. I will also experience it for the first time, before any of you. My problem however, is that if I do not like the experience, then I can do nothing about it as it is totally “out of my hands”!