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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.

Sled Dogs in Greenland are Becoming Extinct, Report Says

The sled dog culture in Greenland is unique but the last two decades sadly saw its population decrease, new study says. Here's what is...

What Do Dogs Dream About?

You have probably wondered if your dog dreams when he sleeps and what do dogs dream about in general, especially if you ever saw...

How Dog Food and Water Bowls are Making Pets Sick

New data shows that your dog's water bowl might be filled with germs that may negatively impact your pup's health. The first thing we purchase...

Study: New Blood Test Makes It Easier to Detect Liver Disease...

The simple blood test that vets developed may soon make detection of liver disease in dogs easier and more specific. Dog liver disease has long...

Pets Remember Things Better Than You Think, Studies Show

Experts keep doing studies on the memory of dogs and cats for one very important reason that could benefit humans. Do pets have long-term memories?...

Why Are Dogs More Prone to Bite Nervous People?

Apparently, your stressful demeanor around dogs can increase the risks of dog bites, experts say. Can dogs smell fear in humans? You might have been...

Therapy Dogs Reduce ADHD Symptoms in Kids, Study Shows

Most kids with ADHD get by with medication but having a therapy dog might be better solution, according to researchers from the University of...

Do Loving Dogs Still Feel Jealousy? Science Says Yes

There’s a green-eyed monster lurking inside your furry best friend but the situation is not as complicated as you might think. While dogs are famous...

Stressed Dogs with Anxiety Show Premature Graying Hair, Study Says

Scientists looked into why dogs younger than four years old have graying hair around their muzzle and the results surprised them. Gray hair is part...

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...

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