Although it sounds like a treatment found in a history book—and it is—the application of leeches has well-defined and scientifically grounded modern uses, especially in helping to reduce surgical complications.
While it's good to introduce enrichment exercises to patients postoperatively, it's important not to overdo it or do it too soon after surgery. In this video, veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ellen Lindell offers tips to safely enrich pets' lives during their recovery.
Q: We're getting some clients who don't want to pay for and don't see the need for some at-home pain control drugs. Can you offer us any tips for explaining the value and importance of pain control for pets?