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Rika Silva, MSc

Rika Silva, MSc
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Rita has a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences and has worked in many different research laboratories. As a long-time dog owner, she's been trying to apply her skills, expertise and experience in the scientific field to writing about dogs and providing science-based information for other dog owners.

Just Like Lassie! Empathetic Dogs Rush to Help Their Distressed Humans

Dogs who are calmer and who have stronger ties to their humans are more likely to successfully rescue the owners if they are in...

Chronic Kidney Disease Risk In Dogs Increases With Tick Exposure

Dogs have no way of telling their owners they about a tick infection and if there are no tests done, prevention or treatment might...

More Scientific Proof That Dogs Can Read Our Emotions

Yet another study reports that dogs are capable of processing a person's negative and positive emotions based on facial expressions. It's something we've all been...

Grain-Free Foods for Dogs Cause Heart Disease, FDA Warns

FDA found evidence of grain free foods causing dogs to suffer from canine dilated cardiomyopathy even when their breed isn't predisposed to the condition. Grain-free...

Could the Next Deadly Flu Pandemic Start With Dogs?

Scientists discovered new dog flu virus strains that might affect dog owners severely in the future. Could man's best friend trigger the next flu pandemic...

Do Rescue Dogs Have Memories Of Their Past?

It’s a question that many experts, animal behaviorists, and psychologists have been debating on for decades. Do you own a rescue dog? Have you ever...

Study: Dogs Born in Summer Are at Higher Risk of Heart...

These new findings support a similar previous study in humans about the increased risks of heart problems during gestation. Scientists now say that a dog's...

Science Determines the Exact Age When Puppies Are Their Most Adorable

For many animal lovers, dogs are cute at any age, but scientists managed to zero in on the exact age of when they're at...

Human Encouragement Boosts Problem-solving Skills In Dogs, Study Says

New research explains how important our encouragement is to our pets. Nine dogs were able to complete the task better because they got some...

Grief Over Pet Loss: A Tragedy That Can Hurt More than...

Scientists say that a pet’s death is a serious matter that can result in a significant emotional distress, and it’s important that pet owner's...

Researchers Found That Dogs Can Detect Diseases That Kill Trees

New study demonstrates how man's best friend is helping scientists sniff out what's killing avocado trees in Florida. "It is the best 'technology' so far...

Cancer Vaccine for Dogs Set for Clinical Trial with High Hopes

Scientists are attempting to vaccinate 800 dogs, and if this potentially universal cancer cure would work in dogs, it might also work in humans. Researchers...

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