Cat Burned in Wildfire Discharged After Three Months of Hospitalization

November 20, 2020
The UC Davis veterinary hospital has treated hundreds of animals over the years that were burned in wildfires. Every year, there is at least one that everyone at the hospital remembers. This year, one of the most memorable was Ned, a semi-feral cat who was rescued from the property he calls home a few days after the LNU Lightning Complex Fire swept through and destroyed everything. This week, Ned was finally discharged after being hospitalized for three months.

Newly Created Wildlife Disaster Network Aids Several Wildfire Victims

October 08, 2020
Earlier this week, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the joint formation of the Wildlife Disaster Network. The network is already aiding several animals injured in California’s latest wildfires. Network teams throughout Northern California are treating about a dozen animals at various facilities.

Wildlife Disaster Network Mobilizes Aid for Burned, Injured Wildlife

October 06, 2020
The Wildlife Disaster Network is a new partnership between the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It aims to quickly and efficiently mobilize the people and resources needed to aid wildlife affected by wildfire and other disasters.

Mountain Lion Cub Rescued from California Wildfire

October 06, 2020
An orphaned mountain lion cub is at the Oakland Zoo recovering from burn injuries after being rescued from California's Zogg Fire. The zoo staff is working with the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital to treat the cub's wounds.

Teams Shelter, Treat Animals in Record Fire Season

September 30, 2020
Wildfires burned across the Western U.S. in August and September, killing at least 35 people and destroying more than 5,800 buildings. Veterinarians on emergency response teams treated injured animals, helped find and evacuate those in danger, and monitored animals staying on pastures after their owners evacuated.

Improving Disaster Response for Animals 

May 08, 2020
With the assistance of faculty mentors, John Madigan and Lais Costa, fourth-year student Hayley Dieckmann published “Implementation of an Animal Health Database in Response to the 2018 California Camp Fire,” which appears in this month’s Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Are Cats the ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’ for Wildfire Effects on Human Health?

February 26, 2020
Cats who suffered burns and smoke inhalation in recent California wildfires also had a high incidence of heart problems, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The study represents the first published research to come from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on feline victims of California wildfires and was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Wildfire Smoke Carries Long-term Health Impacts

February 24, 2020
Smoke from wildfires may have long-term health effects, according to research on juvenile monkeys. The results were presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Seattle by the school's Professor Lisa Miller.

Wildfire and Health

June 25, 2019
As Californians have fled ferocious wildfires in recent years, UC Davis scientists, veterinarians, physicians and teachers have also been responding to that trauma: treating people and animals, investigating the effects on mental and physical health, and trying to discover what the future might hold as wildfires burn into towns and suburbs.