VCOT 3/2014

The medicinal leech has been in use for hundreds of years in human medicine for treating various diseases and conditions, including venous congestion following reconstructive surgeries. In veterinary medicine, there are anecdotal mentions regarding the use of leeches for venous congestion, but the only published report is regarding the use of leeches for polycythemia vera in a cat. Within the article by N.J. Buote, the human and veterinary aplications, method, and potential complications with hirudotherapy are discussed and a case report on the use of medical grade leeches in a cat with sever swelling of the paw is also presented. See the article Opens external link in new windowhere.