Wildfires Increase Blood Clots in Cats

A new study from the University of California, Davis shows that cats who experience wildfires are at a higher risk of developing life-threatening blood clots.

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Researchers examined 29 cats who lived through wildfires and found that the cats’ platelets, the cell fragments in blood that form clots, were overactive. As a result, they had a higher risk of developing blood clots.

Ava Tan, a UC Davis research fellow and co-author of the study, told Reuters she envisions an increase in pets with wildfire-related clots. ‘Of course, with wildfires becoming more frequent around the world—in Australia, in California—I think we’re going to see more and more pets being affected,’ Tan said.

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