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  1. 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’ - Phil from Test, Ca
  2. 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]
  3. 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” - Phil from CA
  4. 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]
  5. 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?” - Phil from test, Ca
  6. 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]
  7. 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?” - phil from test, Ca
  8. 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]
  9. We need help. I have the most lovable English bulldog with flatulence (reluctant to use the an- cient Anglo Saxon word, f---). It is very powerful to the point of clearing the room. Help us subdue the fragrance. “Flatus in Redondo Beach” - phil from test, Ca
  10. This is an often under discussed challenge with dogs who live indoors. Flatulence is a bigger issue in certain breeds. Flatulence is marked by excessive formation of gase  [more]
    This is an often under discussed challenge with dogs who live indoors. Flatulence is a bigger issue in certain breeds. Flatulence is marked by excessive formation of gases in the stomach and small and large intestine. Flatus is the gas expelled through the terminal end of the digestive system. First try something simple; start giving your bulldog probiotics and digestive enzymes. This sometimes is all it takes to stop the process. Most every veterinarian has a variety of these products available and can also give you added information. You can also use many hu- man products. Sometimes a simple diet change cor- rects the gaseous effluence. But on the lighter, prac- tical side this challenge can be useful if you want certain family members to leave you alone, or go to another room. Just bring in the dog and wait and act normal.  -Dr. Brent H. Dastrup DVM  [less]
  11. Why are dogs con- sidered ‘pack’ animals? When do sheep flock together? Why do cattle bunch up when they stampede? I have been thinking that the so- called pit bulls always seem to get cause and get in trouble when they are in groups of two or more. ‘Just curious in Hermosa’ - Phil from Test, Ca
  12. The nature of most creatures is to stay together with for vari- ous reasons as follows: safety, fun, mating, increases the possibility of getting food, human are a perfec  [more]
    The nature of most creatures is to stay together with for vari- ous reasons as follows: safety, fun, mating, increases the possibility of getting food, human are a perfect example of clustering together creating the congestion in cities. Last week all the family members left the house on an adventure and I remained home with the three dogs; Kai, Indigo, and Luke (a Shih Tzu-Chinese for ‘Lion Dog’)—my son’s dog visiting from the Rocky Mountains; all three dogs decided I was now part of their pack. As I was sitting, reading Luke laid down on my right foot, Indigo jumped up and sat in chair next to mine, and Kai crashed into the left side of my chair sliding it over six inches. All three dogs were aware of many humans charged about the house and now they were alone—and they decided to adopt me into their ‘pack.’ Then all four of us fell asleep because of the quiet coupled with warmth and the feeling safe. A word of note: of all the pack-like behavior sheep are next to humans in their tendency to group together. And remember the grouping together means particular animals are very ‘social.’ The ma- jority of the pack mem- bers like each other. Q: We need help. I have the most lovable English bulldog with flatulence (reluctant to use the an- cient Anglo Saxon word, f---). It is very powerful to the point of clearing the room. Help us subdue the fragrance. “Flatus in Redondo Beach”  -Dr. Brent H. Dastrup DVM  [less]
  13. My Jack Russell is getting ‘out of hand.’ He may need help because he is so very active. I am beginning to think it is hopeless. We have been to dog training classes three times. “Jumpy in Manhattan Beach” - Phil from test, ca
  14. our wonderfully ac- tive terrier may be experi- encing excessive anxiety. Here are signs of anxiety as follows: panting, trem- bling, hyper salivation shining, flight, cl  [more]
    our wonderfully ac- tive terrier may be experi- encing excessive anxiety. Here are signs of anxiety as follows: panting, trem- bling, hyper salivation shining, flight, clinging to owner, whimpering, hiding, destructiveness, inappropriate elimination, excessive vocalization. All of these at the same time or in groups can be the cause for much chaos in the home environment. Can it be treated? Yes, please see your regular veterinarian, an espe- cially a doctor skilled in integrative medicine. Usually you don’t want a dog walking around drowsy all day, so avoid the heavy-duty tranquil- izers. There are ways and substances that can make your life normal again. But it is important to analyze the humans in the household as to their be- havior, because our per- sonalities and behavior can rub off on the very observant creature on the floor, which can and will mirror your behavior. Remember if you wanted a couch potato you have the wrong dog—unless he is elderly and overweight. Jack Russell’s are one of the most active dogs alive; that is the reason we love them. They keep us young. Remember terriers love frequent walks. How do I know? I have one. She is 5 years old. Named: Indigo. Why I don’t know, my son named her, possibly after a long-gone girl friend. She loves walks and will jump on one of the ‘supreme leader’s’ living room velvet covered burgundy chairs, which puts us all in approach- ing danger. But in the elevated chair it is easier to attach the leash to the collar; because her twenty-one pound body wiggles nonstop. Indigo is no different that any other animal in that she has certain peculiar behaviors. She is scared of walking out doors at night, when is very dark, but the fear is alleviated when she walks in the shadow of Kai the 147 lb. lab (he is so brave-he is my pre- cious). She will not take the lead. She is definitely scared of the dark. Another time and place in days of yore. When there is dramatic shift in barometric atmospheric pressure our dairy cows of so many years ago would jump, dance and run about as if having great fun. Another time of wild hyper behavior was when coming home from the green grass pasture about 2 miles away from the holding corrals; they would like to stampede because of the urge to be milked. It was my job to stay in front of them on my bicycle and stop the stampede because exces- sive physical exertion could and would bruise the swinging udders and then they would get mastitis (inflammation, with possible bacterial infection of the mam- mary glands) leading to pain, and a dramatic decrease in mild produc- tion. Sometimes the ud- der would never return to normal production until after the ‘freshening’ the following year. ‘Freshening’ means pregnancy and delivering a calf resulting in a cor- responding renewed milk production. How often do we think that this is reason we can obtain milk, which is a major part of most human diets in the USA. As discussed above each species, each individual has basic and unique behaviors. To be aware of these and live with it or attempt to change it if required makes living with all beings exciting and fulfilling. Remember behavior has a great deal to do with overall mental and physical health. The state of mental health in dealing with stress is paramount to a healthy body. This is one of the reasons I recently attended an extensive lec- ture on creating a ‘fear- free’ environment in our homes and in our animal hospitals, this includes humans as well as for your fish, dog, cat, parrot, and all children and chickens. Continue the classes for the little guy, never give up.  -Dr. Brent H. Dastrup DVM  [less]
  15. My father thinks my pets are robots with no feeling and are stupid. I think he is stupid. He says that if I give my Scotty Terrier a Christmas pres- ent he won’t know the difference be- tween that and the empty boxes and paper on floor. What do you say? I have fun read- ing your column to my dog. ‘To give not to give.’ - phil from test, ca
  16. I assume your Father is nice man, but he needs a pet, a friend by his side and he will learn the depth of the intellect and wisdom of a dog. Kai is forever learning. Ka  [more]
    I assume your Father is nice man, but he needs a pet, a friend by his side and he will learn the depth of the intellect and wisdom of a dog. Kai is forever learning. Kai is my most awesome 147 lb. dog. Kai has learned through no fault of mine to tolerate and even enjoy the savages (my infinite collection of grandchild and even their warlike fathers). This Christmas enormous gift unwrap- ping drama was visited by Kai, he stretched his 6 foot only body on the floor directly in the middle of the wild chaos, and went to snoring sleep with the savages play- ing and falling all over him. In Christmas past he would not do this but would go hide in secret places upstairs, but now he has learned to trust them, knowing they will not bite him or torture him with battery operated toys banging on his head. But one little secret to tell your Father that any present purchased at a pet store has the fragrance of the location that is beau- tiful music to the nose of any dog. And I repeat: Kai has discovered which grand- children he can trust, and to avoid the mean ones. But overall he is much more tolerant and will spend more time with them as exampled by the tolerance as he stretched in the midst of the screaming gift unwrap- ping savages on Christ- mas day. Very young humans are a lot like puppies, always moving and very curious. Any project I am working on, esp. if it involves boxes, he (Kai) has to investigate every box all the way to the bottom. If empty he will grab it and rip it apart as he smiles. Have a wonderful New Year. May you have many new soul grow- ing experiences in 2016. May you find comfort and security in your hearts as you pondered the real meaning of life. Thank you for all of your comments to encourage these meager words about animals and life. Please be kind to all dogs, cats, lizards, and parrots, etc. Good-bye 2015 and Hello 2016 to all my friends two and four legged friends I will meet in this coming year.  -Dr. Brent H. Dastrup DVM  [less]
  17. We had a family de- bate last week about the so-called ability of dogs to smell various items in their environment. Is it really true they can smell a molecule 1 mile away or is that only a movie myth? “The real facts are?” - phil from test, ca
  18. I don’t know about the molecule but their sense of smell is mi- raculous. Some dogs do smell if not bathed every 1-2 week. Their olfactory portion of their brain is hi  [more]
    I don’t know about the molecule but their sense of smell is mi- raculous. Some dogs do smell if not bathed every 1-2 week. Their olfactory portion of their brain is highly devel- oped—way beyond that of the average human. It is said that the human female has a greater abil- ity than the human male to detect odors about the household. About every 2 weeks when I take Kai (my 145lb black, wonder- ful Labrador retriever) for his nightly late walk- about he sniffs the air for new scents. We catch a glance of our friendly neighborhood skunk’s waving black and white tail that shows up about every 2-week search for cat food remaining on front doorsteps. A few nights ago I gave Kai a very loose long leash (he will not attack the skunk after his odorifer- ous experience 1.5 years ago) and watched the fun. There was no skunk potent scent on the cool night air. Kai followed the exact path about the neighborhood—irradi- ate circles on the lawns, straight path across the road and driveways, mul- tiple back and rounds on the sidewalks. This was exciting seeing him fol- low every 4-footed step of the nocturnal creature in his search for food. Kai was having a great time. Another experience last week early Wed. morning, I got up at 2:50am to go to work and I tried to avoid waking all the sleeping relatives, including Kai (147lb black Labrador and Indy (16lb Jack Rus- sell terrier). This last Wed I decided to make myself a ‘cold lamb sandwich’ like the Anthony Hopkins character in the movie “Meet Joe Black.” As I was slicing up the cold mutton New Zea- land roast, I suddenly thought, I wonder how long it will take the dogs to appear for their slice? About 4 minutes later Kai’s breathing sounded behind me, I turned about and there they both sat waiting quietly, looking up at me. No humans appeared. I gave each dripping mouth 2 slices, they were so happy, swallowed, smiled at me and turned around and trotted back up stairs to their warm beds. I was so proud of them because they didn’t beg with a bark. They were much quieter than my human grandchildren. They also smell better. They could smell the cold meat all the way up stairs around 4 corners and a flight of stairs. Yes. Dogs have great, powerful noses. And it does not seem to depend on how big their nose is. Kai has a giant wet and friendly nose, and Indigo much smaller but wet and kind, but at times very testy.  -Dr. Brent H. Dastrup DVM  [less]
  19. Why do most of us humans like our dogs so much? What is that simple magic that passes between us as we touch our best friend? ‘Person who loves her dog in Hermosa’ - phil from test, ca
  20. IthinkIhavethean- swer. But it can extend to more than the dog, I will mention in a few sentenc- es. The dog does seem to be the center of that attraction. The miracle t  [more]
    IthinkIhavethean- swer. But it can extend to more than the dog, I will mention in a few sentenc- es. The dog does seem to be the center of that attraction. The miracle that belongs to the dog is that this furry creature is so very much available to us, those humans who have troubles; they roam our homes, they sit in our car, they meet us at the front door, they are eager to walk with us and share our food, and my Kai absolutely loves to play tug with a stuffed toy. They make excellent companions. They like their human friends. Last week as I returned home from a shopping escapade, at the intersec- tion before my street, there was a boy, prob- ably about eight or ten kneeling on the sidewalk hugging a large Labrador retriever, the dog was on the edge of the grass wiggling and seeming to be delighted in the attention lavished upon his neck. Why was the boy embracing his dog? Because of all the above reasons plus coupled with the joy that comes from being accepted by a creature that enjoys being cared for by us humans. Perhaps the boy felt that this was the only warm and loving creature that would accept him. We all know instinc- tively when we are ac- cepted by another. And we know when we are rejected, when others hateusortrytodous unrighteous harm. I have never felt a permanent vi- bration from a dog, ever. A cat-yes (even here it is based on excessive fear— I like my cats have owned 10 of them), a bovine bull-yes, a horse-yes, but never a dog. If I ever can a negative vibration from the dog—it is always because of excessive fear, a territorial guarding in- stinct, and I think I have learned how to overcome these strong emotions in myself and in my dogs.  -Dr. Brent H. Dastrup DVM  [less]
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