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What's Wrong with My Dog? Paperback – August 1, 2007

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Jake Tedaldi, DVM, was educated at Harvard University and received his veterinary degree from Tufts University. He is the founder of Vetcall, a housecall practice specializing in dogs and cats in the Boston area. Jake lives


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592332498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592332496
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Pilgrim on September 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have had a dog since 1992 and have often searched for a book to consult when my dog seems a little "off," acts a little sick, gets a little hurt -- especially because it typically costs $150 to $200 just to visit a vet, and then if a bunch of tests are performed, the bill grows. Hundreds or thousands of dollars later, you are told that everything is going to be okay. Or worse, I don't go to the vet right away when my dog has had a little something wrong for a while that I ignored because I thought it was "no big deal" etc. and I could not identify a book or a website that gave me any productive information.

Instead, I found many books over the years that (1) provide a few pages of information that are applicable to my dog, and me or (2) provide me with indecipherable technical information suitable for veterinary student. For some reason there has never been any book in which the ENTIRE book is useful and understandable and applicable to my dog or my friends' dogs. Even an online search reveals the same polar extremes of information, unless you are "feeling lucky," which I never am. Perhaps this is because some vets rely on those stupid little questions that turn out to be nothing for their income or they are just a little too cautious, or they understandably don't want to give advice over the phone without seeing your dog? (I don't know the answer.)

However! When I discovered What's Wrong with My Dog?, I thought to myself: "This is the book I've been looking for--for more than 15 years!!! I love it. It's easy to read, written with a sense of humor, AND totally provides professional advice from an ACTUAL VET who was willing to potentially give up some easy office visits to provide dog owners with answers to simple questions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MC on October 7, 2009
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I recently adopted a little long-haired stray from the city pound. I was instructed not to bathe him for at least ten days because he had just been neutered the day I picked him up. The poor dog's hair was very matted and he smelled something fierce. And, worst of all, he was constantly scratching and he seemed to be miserable. I thought the odor and scratching were just natural, because he probably had not had a good bath since forever. After the waiting period passed he got his bath and his hair was trimmed. To my dismay, I discovered that he had a horrible skin condition. His skin was crusty and oozing and in some spots it was very irritated because he had been scratching so much. I even thought it was mange. I also discovered that he had a discharge from the right eye and his skin was irritated in that area.

I thought of taking him to the vet, but first I decided to do some research in the Internet and I came across this book at Amazon. I have not read the whole book yet, but I thumbed through it and read, among other items, the sections that were pertinent to my dog's condition. I am happy to report that, after following the book's advice, my dog's skin is now in perfect condition. He is not miserable any more, no scratching, no sores, no crusts. The bare spot on the inside of his right eye has has all but disappeared and the discharge has cleared completely.

I am not saying that I will never have to take my pet to the vet because I have this book. In fact, in several sections of the book Dr. Tedaldi suggests the pet should be taken to the vet right away. However, I know for a fact that I saved several hundred dollars and paid for the book many times over with just the advice that I got for the problems described above.

The book has 304 pages.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Gold on October 24, 2007
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Jake Tedaldi is without a doubt the best veterinarian our family has ever known. This book is a great contribution to human-dog communication. If our dogs could speak to us they would tell us many of these things, but instead Dr. Tedaldi speaks for them, in clear and reassuring language, not flinching from the sometimes startling or upsetting things our dogs are going through, but always giving their humans great guidance on how to be their best friend. This is the kind of book you can pick up in the middle of the night to find out what to do if your dog has just been sprayed by a skunk. Or maybe you just can't figure out why "my dog keeps smacking her lips." It's organized into sections such as "my dog has something stuck" and "my dog seems sick." It is a very practical book written with affection and compassion for both sides of the human-dog equation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lars Aaron on May 5, 2008
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First of all I think the book is terrific and really should be on the coffee table of every dogowner! It provides specific information on how to treat and take care of your beloved dog on a day to day basis. And as specific as the information is, it also reads easy enough, (ie, we don't get bombarded with complicated medical terms that we don't understand)that every petowner can understand and use wisely in creating a happy and healthy dog. And all the while providing you the information you need to be responsive to your dog if certain conditions develop either internally or externally.
As for Dr. Tedaldi himself, all I can add is this. As a dogowner, never having children myself, I have lived for my great pyrs literally, they ARE my children. And my oldest dog/baby Lars, had struggled mightily physically the last year and half of his life. And all I can say is if it hadn't been for Dr. Tedaldi, I may not have been able to enjoy Lars that last year and a half of his life. His warm and compassionate and outstanding treatment of his many ailments kept my dog alive and also kept me a peace of mind as well. I'll ALWAYS be grateful to him for that! After dealing with Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston for years, there is no better Veterinarian that I've ever known than Dr. Tedaldi!
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