UC Davis researchers using cats to learn more about long-term health risks of wildfire smoke

The immediate short-term health risks of wildfire smoke are well-understood by medical experts. At the same time, there is a lot that still needs to be studied concerning potential long-term health issues resulting from repeated smoke exposure. Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine may have found one way to gain some insight, by looking at how wildfires affect the health of cats. Dr. Ronald Li is an associate professor of small animal emergency and urgent care at UC Davis. He and his team began studying cats with wildfire injuries in 2017.