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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.

11 Most Dangerous Viruses in Dogs

The most dangerous causative agents carried by viruses do not always cause the most common diseases in dogs. However, once such an infection occurs,...

4 Facts About Coronavirus All Dog Owners Must Know

Coronavirus, or Covid-19, is spreading across the world rapidly, causing lockdowns in most countries and forcing governments to take preventive measures meant to “flatten...

Small Dogs Lie About Their Size, Study Says (and 5 More...

There's new research showing that dogs, our most trusted companion, apparently tend to lie to other dogs and are very capable of deception. A...

Dog DNA Tests Not Always Accurate for Pet Health Decisions, Scientists...

Genetic testing has become a valuable tool in the health industry for humans but it's still in its infancy stages for testing dogs. There is...

Weed Killer Herbicide Glyphosate Found in Pet Foods

A herbicide Glyphosate, developed and used on farms, gardens and yards in the U.S. since 1974 is apparently included in some other products as...

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...

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Agility dogs are hard-working, sporty, and attentive to what their owners want them to do, and with this sport, communication will be key. Fun...
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A staph infection is a type of infection caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus. Staph infection in dogs is as common as it is in...
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We all know that cats can be pretty challenging to read. So you might be asking, do cats get lonely? There's a misconception that cats...
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Dogs who have the Poodle mix are often endearingly nicknamed doodle breeds. It's one of the most popular mixed breeds globally, and for good reasons,...
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Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease affecting dogs of any age. There are several causes for kennel cough in dogs, including canine virus...