Short Takes

July 2007 Issue

Short Takes: 07/07

Cats and the effects of smoking; hypoallergenic cats; causes of nasal discharge

Honestly, veterinary researchers weren’t trying to make liars out of cat owners when they published "Urinary biomarkers to assess exposure of cats to environmental tobacco smoke" in the American Journal of Veterinary Research (Vol. 68, No. 4). They were trying to advance the science of gas-chromatography analysis to search for toxins that might cause disease in pets. Out of 61 healthy cats in the urinalysis study, 19 came from households where the owners said cigarettes were smoked. And 42 came from homes where owners swore no one ever smoked.

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