Ray’s program of coming off his anxiety meds is in its final stage. On May 30, he was reduced to 10mg/day which means his next reduction will be to come off them completely. Each reduction stage lasted around 6-8 weeks, so now is the time when we can contemplate whether to stop the meds completely.
Our decision is to keep him on 10mg/day for a little while longer.
He has done extremely well, but he has over-reacted, and been very vocal, in a few situations recently. He has barked, and lunged, at people who he had previously accepted, and is very vocal when people come onto our property. Is he being unnaturally protective because of his greater awareness?
Of course there could be any number of other factors , such as excessive heat and humidity; getting close to meal time etc. which impacted him but, preferring to err on the side of caution, we are going to maintain the status quo for a while longer before making any decisions.
I was flipping through the pages of “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” yesterday, and am still really impressed with how far he has come. What we are dealing with now is quite different from the Ray of 5 years ago!
Perhaps he simply needs to spend a little more time “in the shade” before living meds free?