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Where does the infor- mation come from that categorizes animals other than human animals? Is there research ongoing that provides us out in the world with correct information? ‘A UCLA student in Santa Monica’
Yes there is. Much analysis is ongoing at the present, more so than ever before. Some individuals that are family and a few clients think the Internet is the most gloriou  [more]
Yes there is. Much analysis is ongoing at the present, more so than ever before. Some individuals that are family and a few clients think the Internet is the most glorious and truthful source of this information. There is a tendency for us humans to forget that anybody and put almost anything on the Internet. And we all know that humans are flawed, so be care- ful of what you see on this ubiquitous source of gossip, etc. One of the biggest boons to animal research is the advancement of technol- ogy. Also the good news is that the advancement of psychology ponder- ings is pushing past the retarded superstitions of past and false dogmas that were the natural part of the study of the mind and the nervous system in general—the physiology as it relates to reaction of environment. I really like your ques- tion today because of what I observed during the holidays with a family migration to a popular amusement park. Every- body wanted to go to one particular restaurant de- signed around the concept of a jungle of plants. In front of this eating-place there appeared several beautiful Macaws and their caretakers. I was amazed at the loving care and concern of the relationship between the humans and birds. But my respect decreased con- siderably when I listened to the human dialogue that seemed to categorize the birds as mere stupid- like robots. But looking at all aspects I realized the lectures presented to the crowds around the birds had been spoon-fed to the two handlers by scholars who preached the old doctrines that all creatures respond out of a robotic instinct and there is really no cognitive analysis abil- ity to survive in ‘nature.’ Sorry scholars ‘No man or beast can survive without the ability to reason in his or her environment.’ Sorry for the preaching, but a lifetime of working with all ‘creatures great and small’ creates an im- proved eclectic viewpoint. If you are offended by the concept of advanced rea- soning ability of animals of all kinds and shapes, please let me know.  -Dr. Brent H. Dastrup DVM  [less]
My teenage daugh- ter wants to be a vet- erinarian. She has been adamant for the last few years that her destiny is to save and console ill beasts. She is starting to save her money and works very hard in school. As a family we are worried she will be disappointed because we have heard that it is difficult to get admitted to the school of your choice and one can end up in debt for almost the remainder of your life if you are admitted. “Questions, questions”
musical and cheerful and loudest is when my oldest son enters, who is his fa- vorite person. This par- rot has habit of attacking anyone who approaches his owner (my son)  [more]
musical and cheerful and loudest is when my oldest son enters, who is his fa- vorite person. This par- rot has habit of attacking anyone who approaches his owner (my son). A remarkable behavior that is very similar to a dog that guards your house either with barking or grabbing hold. I am almost the proud parent of an African Gray; named Cricket. She is my eternal friend, and only 9 months old. She follows me everywhere around the house—both upstairs and downstairs. Get a bird and enjoy the companionship, which in some ways is like hav- ingadog(ifthebirdisa gregarious parrot). Birds are not dumb. Birds can be great fun.  -Dr. Brent H. Dastrup DVM  [less]
Should I get a bird? I am lonely at times. I have been told birds are dumb. I have been informed that birds are too messy. “Feathers to cheer me up?”
I now speak out of my own experience as I do most the time, not out of a textbook. When our family was young, with 5 very active boys and 12 neighborhood children, we ha  [more]
I now speak out of my own experience as I do most the time, not out of a textbook. When our family was young, with 5 very active boys and 12 neighborhood children, we had an out- door aviary and multiple cages indoors to provide housing for 132 birds. We were in ‘bird heaven.’ As a result of this experience I achieved a certain exper- tise in bird handling and some medicine, but mainly the experience of observ- ing birds interaction with each other and humans. First, I do recommend you get a bird and the easiest at the beginning is a finch (get 2). They sit and chirp. Second, birds are not messy if you clean up daily. The mess is mainly scattered seeds. Don’t wait and do weekly, but every day, cleanup the cage and surrounding area as needed. It is not a lengthy process. Years ago the carpet became wet from my fish tanks in my study and some of the seeds, from the birds start- ed growing in the carpet. Fish tanks have been more trouble than birds. I got in trouble from ‘she who must be obeyed.’ I have often thought that one of the reasons for birds is to be gardeners, by scattering plant seeds everywhere. Third, birds are very intelligent and develop unique personalities, with strong attraction to a se- lect person of their choice, to the point of attacking. Fourth, birds will not allow you to be lonely. Birds esp. in the par- rot family demand your attention and usually get it. And if you get a parrot, trim the nails and beaks every 6wks+. The claw points can be painful as it grabs your ear lobe or finger. So you see there is a cer- tain amount of husbandry that is required for birds as there is with every liv- ing thing, but it is worth it. We now have a Cacique (sp.) parrot from Brazil that will make different chirping, singing sounds depending on who is in the room---the most musical and cheerful and loudest is when my oldest son enters, who is his fa- vorite person. This par- rot has habit of attacking anyone who approaches his owner (my son). A remarkable behavior that is very similar to a dog that guards your house either with barking or grabbing hold. I am almost the proud parent of an African Gray; named Cricket. She is my eternal friend, and only 9 months old. She follows me everywhere around the house—both upstairs and downstairs. Get a bird and enjoy the companionship, which in some ways is like hav- ingadog(ifthebirdisa gregarious parrot). Birds are not dumb. Birds can be great fun.  -Dr. Brent H. Dastrup DVM  [less]
I am concerned over the skills of my groomer. Now for the second time my poor dog has devel- oped large—palm-sized sores on his head and neck about 2 to 3 days af- ter he is groomed. Should I switch groomer? “What is going on, in Redondo Beach?”
First do not be too quick to blame your groomer. Most all groom- er are very hard working individuals who are very careful with their charge. It has always amazed me how   [more]
First do not be too quick to blame your groomer. Most all groom- er are very hard working individuals who are very careful with their charge. It has always amazed me how they have the ability to do such a great hair trim with a wiggly victim beneath their clippers and scissors. Groomers (groomer seems to be able to calm the most aggres- sive beast) can handle the most calm to almost vi- cious patient—dog or cat, with great gentleness and technical skill. I cannot diagnose your ‘sore’ problem from the limited amount of infor- mation you have provided. First, I suspect there is a problem already apparent on your dog’s skin prior to the grooming. Why are you taking him to the groomer anyway? Is there a problem you already know about? It is possible that there are very small sores on the skin and the water provides a wet media for the bacte- ria to start growing. The inflammation can appear overnight from an almost nothing-tiny scab to a big sore, oozy, painful mess. Second, it is very rare that a clipper burn causes these sores, but is possible to exacerbate the small already present little sore. I strongly recommend you take your ‘poor dog’ to a veterinarian prior to your next grooming ap- pointment, and I suspect you could be surprised what you will learn. Also calmly discuss the issue with your groomer. They are always open to com- ments and understanding because they are con- cerned about the health of their dogs and cats. They become very close to these subjects. Knowing their names, personalities, foibles, and individual health challenges.  -Dr. Brent H. Dastrup DVM  [less]

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Yappy Hour to celebrate RPV Dog Park’s 3rd anniversary  (11/05/15)

The anniversary celebration for Rancho Caninos Dog park will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 8) at the half-acre park next to Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., RPV. Dog costumes are encouraged and there will be snacks … Continue reading

Cat toy shortage  (11/05/15)
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Harbor Area Cats: Low-cost spay-neuter surgeries Nov. 11  (10/19/15)
The Peter Zippi Fund for Animals will sponsor a mobile spay-neuter day for cat owners who live in San Pedro (90731) and Wilmington (90744) on Nov. 11 at Los Angeles Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington.  Cost: $10 per cat (which … Continue reading

Costume Time  (10/19/15)
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