Ray’s anxiety medications were reduced by another 25% just over a week ago, so he is now on 50% of his original prescription. How is he doing?
He would appear to be handling it remarkably well! We have not noticed any behavioral changes that we would consider negative at all. What we have noticed is a more outgoing attitude, in that he is more responsive to affection both in the areas of receiving and giving. We seem to have a wagging tail a little more often, although that is a more subjective observation, and we both think that he has a sparkle in his eyes that was not there before!
What we have been anticipating (based on his history), but have not seen, is a reluctance to meet other people and dogs and to resist strangers touching him.
What has not changed is his desire to chase squirrels; his aversion to cats, and his dependence on at least one of us being around. The first one we just accept as a result of his genetics. His aversion to cats is quite remarkable, and we are assuming that he had an incident with one or two in his life as a stray. The separation anxiety, while obviously an issue, does not seem to have deteriorated as a result of his meds reduction.
We are very happy with the way things are progressing and, assuming he maintains the status quo, will be reducing him by another 25% around the middle of May. If all still goes well, then the next reduction (at the end of June) could well be bringing him off the meds completely! We’re obviously not there yet … but it is looking very promising. Way to go Ray buddy!
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