• Canine Ear Health – Healthy Habits

    By: Dr. Al Townsend The average dog can hear about 4 times better than the average person. The ears are also an essential part of maintaining proper balance. The canine ear is divided into three parts; The outer ear includes the pinna (the part you see that is made of cartilage and covered by skin, fur, or hair) […]

    January 28, 2019

  • 9 Ways To Help Prevent Pet Cancer

    What can you be doing in your daily routine to keep cancer away Our partners at Montgomery Village Vet Clinic share this interesting blog on reasons why cancer can happen – often in dogs more than cats – and ways to help prevent it. But remember, sometimes cancer will happen no matter what you do, it’s […]

    November 30, 2018

  • Pet Cancer Prevention 101

    Let’s talk about Pet Cancer Prevention! By: Dr. Al Towshend With so many diagnoses every year, pet cancer prevention has never been so important. Over 6 million dogs and nearly 6 million cats will be diagnosed with pet cancer this year. Almost 47% of dogs and 32% of cat deaths will die from cancer according to The Veterinary […]

    July 11, 2018

  • Lumps, Bumps and Pet Cancer

    When should you get lumps on our dog checked? Here is a blog we found that shares some great information. Lumps On Dogs: When To Get Them Checked By A Veterinarian by Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology) Dr. Al Townsend on our Kali’s Wish panel of experts also weighs in on the topic: “Lumps […]

    June 19, 2018

  • Probiotics and Your Pet!

    Probiotics are receiving a lot of attention these days to improve the health of both human and our pets. Here is what we know about probiotics for your pets. Probiotics are single or mixed cultures of live and non-pathogenic microorganisms that are found in foods (especially acidic dairy yoghurt, kefir, buttermilk, cheese) or in nutritional […]

    May 28, 2018

  • Guide Dogs Do’s & Don’ts

    With the increasing number of Pet Guardians needing guide dogs, it is likely that you have come across a guide dog in your life – maybe a friend or family member of yours relies on one, or you’ve simply seen them from time to time in public. These dogs are usually recognizable by the leash […]

    April 13, 2018

  • Dogs and Children

    Bringing a dog into your home comes with many benefits for both your family and your newest furry family member! Many children who grow up with dogs develop an appreciation for caring for another living thing that they then take with them for the rest of their lives. According to, a dog can: Provide […]

    April 4, 2018

  • Healthy Habits: Sleeping

    Did you know that maintaining overall health can help prevent cancer, in both humans and our pets? Healthy Habits is our monthly series that shares health tips both you and your pet can follow to help you stay healthy, and happy! Just like us humans, your pooch needs a fairly consistent sleeping routine to maintain […]

    March 29, 2018

  • Eating Right: 4 Recipes for Dogs with Allergies

    Keeping your pets healthy helps prevent cancer scares. A major component of this is following the right (healthy) diet. But, it can be hard to find healthy and affordable food when your dog suffers from food allergies. According to WebMD, at least 10% of all allergy cases for dogs are food related. The most common […]

    March 22, 2018

  • Dementia & Dogs

    One way to help prevent cancer in your dog is to maintain their overall health. But, as they get older, this gets harder. Sometimes (like with aging humans) they may begin to show signs of issues related to mental health, like dementia. So, we asked Dr. Al Townshend from our Kali’s Wish Panel of Experts […]

    March 8, 2018

  • Healthy Habits: Positive Reinforcement

    Did you treat your loved ones (both pets and humans) during February – the month of love? Treats can be a great way to bond with both the people and the pets in your life. For humans, there are many studies that show that positive reinforcement is an effective learning tool. For example, check out […]

    March 1, 2018

  • Healthy Habits: Weight Management

    Obesity is a problem that doesn’t just affect humans. Overweight pets are, unfortunately, all too common, making weight management very important. Many factors can lead to your pet gaining too much weight, which can lead to serious health risks, including many forms of cancer, as well as arthritis, and diabetes. Keeping your pet in an […]

    February 1, 2018

  • Emergency Recall: The “Trick” That Might Save Your Dog’s Life – Part 2

    Guest Author: Mathew Coulton, from WileyPup Professional trainers use the word “recall” when they talk about teaching dogs to come when called. An “emergency recall” is a special form of this command that is so powerfully charged for your canine that they will come running to you no matter what they are distracted with when […]

    January 17, 2018

  • Emergency Recall: The “Trick” That Might Save Your Dog’s Life – Part 1

    Guest Author: Mathew Coulton, from WileyPup Professional trainers use the word “recall” when they talk about teaching dogs to come when called. An “emergency recall” is a special form of this command that is so powerfully charged for your canine that they will come running to you no matter what they are distracted with when […]

    January 12, 2018

  • Winter Weather Wisdom for Dogs

    For pets, winter can be hard. “Some pets, by nature, can stay outside for longer periods of time,” says Dr. Dirk Dekens, DVM, owner of Montgomery Village Veterinary Clinic & Dekens Housecall Services, and a member of the Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation’s Panel of Experts. “Dogs with thick coats make them more resistant to the cold, whereas […]

    January 5, 2018

  • Healthy Habits: Bonding

    You gave in and finally got your family a dog or puppy for Christmas! But how do you make sure the it bonds with you and your family and settles into its new home? Ensuring you have a healthy and loving relationship with your pet is imperative. One easy way to form a relationship with […]

    December 28, 2017

  • Great Gift Ideas for Your Dog

    With the holiday season right around the corner, and the recent news about dog bones causing health issues, we are sharing some great gift ideas to keep your dog healthy and happy. 1. Food Puzzle Food puzzles are a great way to help your dog’s mind active, by helping them battle memory issues and learning […]

    December 8, 2017

  • Healthy Habits: Puzzles

    As we get older, it’s important to keep our minds active. If we don’t, we are at higher risk for memory loss and slower cognitive processes.1 For our dogs, the same thing happens – memory and learning ability decline as they age. In addition, since most dogs don’t have to do the things they were […]

    November 29, 2017

  • Tips for Travelling With Your Dog

    The holidays are almost here, so we sharing tips to keep your dog happy and healthy while on the road! Before traveling, make sure your dog’s tags have the correct contact information. This information should also be put on their crate/carrier in case you accidentally get separated. Driving Experts say to keep your dog crated […]

    November 23, 2017

  • Eating Right: 3 Healthy Treat Recipes

    Sometimes, we stop eating healthy and leading active lifestyles. While we understand the effect this can have on our health, we can be surprised and unhappy with the consequences. For our pets, being overweight is also problematic. So, how can you help your pet get their healthy lifestyle back and go down to a healthy […]

    November 1, 2017

  • Healthy Habits: Walking

    In honour of National Walk Your Dog Week and National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, both of which happened earlier in October, this month’s healthy habit for both you and your pet is: Walking! A sedentary lifestyle is becoming a leading cause of disease and disability1, for both humans and our fur babies2. So – what […]

    October 25, 2017

  • Doga: Yoga for Your Dog

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and the opinion and text are all mine. There are many benefits of having a dog – companionship, unconditional love, and slobbery kisses. But, research suggests there’s another benefit too. Exercise1. When your pooch jumps into your bed […]

    October 11, 2017

  • Eating Right: Thanksgiving

    With Thanksgiving happening this weekend in Canada, and coming up in a few weeks for our neighbours to the south in America, we wanted to focus our ‘Eating Right’ post for this month on sharing some delicious holiday-themed treats and meals for the four-legged members of our families. Before we jump into the recipes though, […]

    October 4, 2017

  • Healthy Habits: Stretching

    Joint degeneration, muscle atrophy, loss of flexibility, and the resulting pain1 from all these issues are common as aging happens – for both our pets and ourselves. How can we combat this? One simple way is stretching. Stretching is a natural therapy (and great healthy habit) that helps preserve range of motion, and can event […]

    September 28, 2017

  • The Responsibilities of Pet ‘Guardianship’

    Have you heard of the Pet Guardianship movement? It’s an initiative started by our sponsors Pet Planet that aims to change how the world views, treats, and respects our pet companions. It starts with the name of the movement itself. Using the word ‘guardianship’ instead of ‘ownership’ helps shift the mindset from our pets being […]

    September 14, 2017

  • Eating Right: 3 Ways Your Dog Can Enjoy Pumpkin Too!

    The end of summer isn’t all bad, it means that we can usher in our favourite things about fall! Along with cozy sweaters, pumpkin is all the rage during the autumn, and your dog should be able to join in on the fun too! That is why we sourced the three best recipes for dog […]

    September 7, 2017

  • Healthy Habits: CARDIO

    Making healthy habits a part of your daily routine can be difficult. Work, and life in general, are often really busy and can get in the way of keeping consistent healthy habits a part of your daily routine. The last thing you want to do after a long day of work is go for an […]

    August 30, 2017

  • Ticks and Your Pet

    For many people, summer means vacations and spending time out outside. This is especially true in Canada where our Kali’s Wish home base is located, and where it seems like it’s winter 85% of the time. Getting outside and being active with our pets is important for both our health as humans and for keeping […]

    August 23, 2017

  • Eating Right: Six Easy to Make Recipes for Senior Dogs

    Unlike younger pups, senior dogs generally need lower-calorie diets to help prevent obesity (which is a big problem for seniors) and higher-fiber diets to improve their digestive health.[1]As dogs age they can also get a little more particular about what they are willing to eat. Healthy, tasty, low-fat, low-sodium, high-fiber meals, that are adequate in […]

    August 2, 2017

  • Healthy Habits: Staying Hydrated

    Humans are not the only ones who need to stay hydrated to maintain good health, it is equally as important for our pets to get the hydration they need to maintain proper circulation, as well as the health of major organs and tissues[1]. Unlike their human guardians however, your furry friends cannot ask for water, […]

    July 26, 2017

  • Keeping Your Pets Cool This Summer

    Winter is finally over and summer is being embraced with open arms by many Pet Guardians. But, it’s important that we know when the summer heat may be becoming too much for the furry members of our family. So, we asked Dr. Al Townshend from our Kali’s Wish Panel of Experts to share some advice […]

    July 21, 2017

  • Eating Right: 3 Pup-sicle Recipes for Summer

    Summer has officially arrived! But with it, comes the summer heat. If you think it’s hot, think about how your dog feels! All that fur! Hydration and a healthy diet are key components to keeping your fur baby healthy and cool this summer, so we have pulled together a few ‘pup-sicle’ recipes to help you […]

    July 11, 2017

  • Eating Right: 6 Easy to Make Frozen Dog Treats

    Just like their Guardians, our furry friends also enjoy a much needed break from the summer heat. Pet Guardians often make healthy summer frozen treats for their family and friends, but did you know you can do the same for your pet? Here are some great recipes that will cool down your dog this summer, […]

    June 21, 2017

  • Pet Cancer Prevention… Perspective From a New Vet

    The science behind pet cancer cure and prevention is constantly changing. This month, we spoke with Dr. Adam Bentley, a new graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s Veterinary Medicine program now working at VCA Canada, to ask him about what he has learned about pet cancer from his recent education and how that has translated […]

    June 7, 2017

  • Kali’s Wish on Breakfast TV!

    On May 25, 2017, Dr. Dirk Dekens, who sits on our Foundation’s panel of experts, and Chef Liana, who we have partnered with to promote pet nutrition for the month of May, were on Breakfast Television talking about Kali’s Wish and how important nutrition is for our pets. If you missed it, here’s the segment. […]

    May 25, 2017

  • Eating Right: Chef Liana’s Sweet Potato & Carrot Leather Strips

    Eating healthy is one of the key ways to keep your pet healthy and to help prevent pet cancer. For the month of May, the Kali’s Wish Foundation has partnered with renowned chef Liana Robberecht to share some new ideas on how to make healthy food for your pet! Sweet Potato & Carrot Leather Strips […]

    May 23, 2017

  • Thank you for coming out to Treat Your Dog Day!

    “Thank you for being here.” That was the resounding comment we heard when we were out on May 13 at Sue Higgins Park for Treat Your Dog Day. Here at Kali’s Wish, we love being able to connect with Pet Guardians, play with dogs, and talk about pet cancer prevention. Since May is Pet Cancer […]

    May 15, 2017

  • Eating Right: Introducing Chef Liana, Momo, and Some Delicious Squash Bites

    Eating healthy is one of the key ways to keep your pet healthy and to help prevent pet cancer. For the month of May, the Kali’s Wish Foundation has partnered with renowned chef Liana Robberecht to share some new ideas on how to make healthy food for your pet! I am obsessed with food – […]

    May 9, 2017

  • Prevention and better treatment options are still key to fighting animal cancer

    Some may wonder if the statistic “1 in 4 dogs will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime” is still true. Here at Kali’s Wish, we wondered about that too. We dug into the research and found out that little has changed with respect to animal cancer statistics. Cancer continues to be very common in […]

    May 3, 2017

  • May is Cancer Awareness Month at Kali’s Wish

    Did you know that the Veterinary Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 4 dogs will get cancer? It is because of this sad fact that we will be working to raise awareness about pet cancer throughout the month of May. Our initiatives include: Treat Your Dog Day event at Sue Higgins Park. Come see us! […]

    May 2, 2017

  • Treat Your Dog Day Event – May 13

    Throughout the month of May, we are working to promote pet cancer awareness in Calgary! Come join us at Sue Higgins Park on Saturday, May 13 from 10 AM – 2 PM! There will be: Treats from our awesome sponsor Natural Balance; Dog Groomers (courtesy of Pet Planet Mount Royal Calgary); and, Dr. Vockeroth from […]

    May 1, 2017

  • Healthy Habits: Annual Checkups

    Just like with humans, prevention is a huge part of maintaining your pet’s health. Like our annual checkup with the Doctor, your pet also needs to see their Vet at least once a year. Why is this? There are two reasons. The first is that unlike your human child, your fur baby is unable to […]

    April 27, 2017

  • Eating Right: 5 Great Make-Ahead Recipes For Your Dog

    Life can get busy. Even if we try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, sometimes life prevents us from making healthy decisions. Over the last few years, meal prepping has been gaining popularity as one way for us to take charge of our diets. But did you know that you can meal prep for your pet […]

    April 5, 2017

  • How Breeders Ensure Your Puppy Will Be Healthy

    If you have your heart set on getting a purebred dog, no matter which breed you choose, there are going to be certain health issues associated with that breed. Finding a breeder who is well versed in your chosen breed’s particular health issues will go a long way to ensuring your puppy will enjoy a […]

    March 30, 2017

  • To Raw Food or To Not?

    Raw diets for pets: it is something that we are constantly seeing headlines about, so we wanted to look into it and find out what it’s all about. A raw food diet is “a diet centering on raw meat, bones, fruits and vegetables.1” It turns out that there is a lot of debate around whether […]

    March 23, 2017

  • The Top 5 Things You Should do to Prepare for a New Puppy

    As International Puppy Day fast approaches on March 23rd, we’re focusing on all things puppy on our blog. This post details the 5 things you need to make sure you do to prepare before you introduce your new companion to their forever home. 1. Buy the appropriate supplies and equipment When adding a new human […]

    March 14, 2017

  • Eating Right: Puppy Diets

    With International Puppy Day coming up soon (March 23rd) it’s a good time to talk about puppy nutrition. Did you know that puppies are supposed to be fed four times a day until they are 12 weeks old? This is because “like human babies, puppies start out needing many small meals a day, of a […]

    March 1, 2017

  • Healthy Habits: Dental Hygiene

    Oral health is an important part of overall health for both us humans and our pets. One of the easiest ways that we both can maintain our dental hygiene is to brush our teeth. For pets, working up to a daily brushing habit is ideal, but if you can brush them a few times a […]

    February 22, 2017

  • Eating Right: 5 Dog Treat Recipes

    Did you know that International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is February 23rd? That’s why, for the first post in our new blog series featuring recipes and tips to help your pets eat right, we are sharing our top 5 homemade dog treat recipes! 1. Quick & Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treats We wanted to share a […]

    February 15, 2017

  • Your Pet & Dental Health

    Did you know that February is officially National Pet Dental Health Month? In honour of this, we wanted to share some tips to help pet Guardians learn how to take of their pet’s teeth! Healthy teeth and gums are very important to your pet’s overall health and well-being — just like with humans. Without preventative […]

    February 2, 2017

  • New Online Hub Shares Needed Information On Pet Cancer

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CALGARY, AB – January 18, 2017—Vets estimate that one in four dogs, at some stage in their life, will develop cancer, and 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer — that according to the Veterinary Cancer Society. There are, however, preventative steps pet guardians can take to keep […]

    January 25, 2017

  • Quality ingredients and food safety part of ‘Buy With Confidence’ promise

    Since 1989, Natural Balance has been producing quality, nutritious pet foods that meet the unique needs of your pets. We believe in Natural Balance and are so pleased that the company has come on board as the exclusive sponsor for our new Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation website. All pets deserve to eat high-quality pet food […]

    January 18, 2017

  • 10 ways to cancer-proof your home

    Dogs are very much like infants and young children — they have small bodies, are closer to the ground, tend to put things in their mouths and are usually more sensitive to toxins in the environment than adults. And, with their shorter lifespans — developing and aging more than seven times faster than children — […]

    December 9, 2016

  • New approach to vaccinations lessens potential health risks to pets

    Vaccinations are a hot topic for pet parents While there is little question that vaccines can protect pets against potentially fatal diseases such as rabies, distemper and parvovirus, the number of vaccines and the frequency with which they are administered, along with the health risks they pose, are up for debate. Dr. Ronald Schultz, a […]

    December 9, 2016

  • Time to rethink spay/neuter practices

    Why do we spay/neuter our pets? Most pet parents agree that spaying and neutering their pets is the socially responsible thing to do, in large part, to help stem the serious problem of pet overpopulation. But, with findings in three recent research studies attributing current spaying and neutering practices to serious health problems in pets, […]

    December 9, 2016

  • Advantages of regular vet care

    Detect health problems early When it comes to your pets’ physical and emotional well-being, consider your vet your new best friend. There are many benefits to regular veterinary care as well as taking the time to build a long-term relationship with your vet, just like with your family doctor. Seeing the same vet regularly gives you […]

    December 9, 2016

  • Exercise helps keep your dog healthy and happy

    Obesity contributes to increased cancer rates Exercise is one of the best ways to combat obesity — a serious health issue that experts say contributes, in part, to the increase in cancer rates in our dogs. But keeping your dog’s weight under control is not the only benefit of regular physical activity. Making sure your […]

    December 9, 2016

  • Healthy eating habits key to preventing pet cancer

    Poor quality pet food linked to numerous health problems Health experts tell us if we eat more processed foods low in fibre and high in fat, sugar and salt rather than fresh, whole foods, we are at risk of developing health problems such as heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and cancer. It’s the same for […]

    December 9, 2016

  • ‘Golden Rules’ to help you find a reputable breeder

    Canadian Kennel Club’s 8 ‘Golden Rules’ for finding a reputable breeder Purebred dogs are sold through various channels but the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) recommends you purchase your purebred dog from a knowledgeable breeder who specializes in your breed of choice. Visit a number of kennels and compare the dogs, the facilities and the breeders. […]

    December 9, 2016

  • Cancer prevention begins with a healthy puppy

    Start by doing your homework Many purebred dogs are in worse health than ever before and this is due, in part, to irresponsible breeding practices. Many genetic disorders including cancer are inherited, so one way to help prevent cancer in your canine companion is to start with a healthy puppy. Understanding the potential health issues of your […]

    December 9, 2016

  • An active brain = a healthy, happy dog

    Dogs need exercise for their bodies and brains While exercise plays a huge role in a healthy, active lifestyle, you can’t forget about the importance of your pet’s emotional well-being. This means providing a safe and loving environment, providing lots of mental stimulation and reducing stress. These days our pets are very different from their […]

    November 22, 2016

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