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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.

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...

Dog Prefers Strangers Over You? Don’t Worry, Experts Say

Some dogs with loving owners still crave attention from strangers and experts break it down to explain the most important factor to this "odd"...

Dogs And Humans Share Surprisingly Similar Gut Bacteria, Study Says

There’s a lot more that dogs and humans share, and the new discovery of similar gut bacteria could help answer a global health problem...

Dogs Know Exactly When to Break Out the Puppy Eyes

Yes, your dog knows what he’s doing when he turns the pouty puppy eyes on you. Research shows that dogs understand human facial expressions...

Darwin’s Dogs Aim to Uncover Canine DNA Changes Caused by Domestication

Genetic testing breakthroughs in dogs are linking their breed, behavior, and health through DNA. “Darwin’s Dogs” is another new project that is paving the...

Research Proves That Therapy Dogs Can Help Stressed-Out Students

A new study demonstrated how therapy dogs improve mental health of college students, and shows why it's helpful to have dogs around during particularly...

Study Says Commercial Raw Meat Foods Are Dangerous to Dogs and...

New study found that a substantial number of commercial raw meat dog foods available for sale contained several different dangerous bacteria that could infect...

Bee Products For Dogs: Their Safety, Efficacy and How To Use...

As humans start to turn to more unique ingredients to improve their health, they also seek the same for their loyal companions. Some of...

Researchers Warn Pug Owners About a Serious Gait Issue

The new study has shown that the always adorable Pugs are extremely prone to a specific genetic condition that veterinarians previously weren't aware of....

Scientists Made a Device to Reverse Cognitive Decline in Senior Dogs

You can improve your aging dog's mental health and keep cognitive decline at bay with the help of computer stimulation, according to this new...

Stem Cell Treatment Going Out to Dogs With Arthritis

New tests show promising results as scientists discover potentially very effective and affordable stem cell treatment for dogs with arthritis.  One of the worst parts...

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