Info Hub

There is a wealth of information about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in humans.
But, when it comes to pet cancer, quality information is scarce and what does exist can be difficult to find or understand. That is why we created our Info Hub.

Here you will find information on Prevention, Types & Symptoms, and Treatment & Support for pet cancer.

Types & Symptoms
Treatment & Support
  • 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

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Types & Symptoms
  • 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

  • Mammary Tumors & Spaying Your Dog

    We recently had a Kali’s Wish reader reach out and ask about the link between mammary tumors and spaying your dog. The fact is, tumors in the mammary gland are very frequent in female dogs who have not been spayed. It is also not unheard of for male dogs to have a mammary tumor, though […]

    April 24, 2017

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Treatment & Support
  • Must-Haves for Your Dog’s First Aid Kit

    Are you planning a road trip, a long hike, or an adventure with your dog? Make sure to prepare for potential dangers on your adventure by not only packing a human first aid kit, but also packing a doggie first aid kit. Just like their human guardians, pets can easily get hurt when they are […]

    August 10, 2017

  • We’re Hiring: Community Outreach Coordinator

    Job position: Community Outreach Coordinator About Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation: Kali’s Wish is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending pet cancer by helping pet guardians and their families better understand pet cancer and its prevention. We do this by sharing online resources, connecting with pet guardians in the community and educating pet guardians through our […]

    May 25, 2017

  • Who is Dr. Dirk Dekens?

    Dr. Dekens is one of the vet who sits on Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation’s panel of experts. He got his doctoral degree in veterinary medicine in 1986 in Ghent, Belgium. After immigrating to Canada in 1989, Dr. Dekens worked as an emergency vet at Calgary Animal Emergency Clinic and as the first full-time vet at […]

    May 24, 2017

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Meet a few of our experts

Our panel of experts includes veterinarians and other veterinary health practitioners.

Dr. Dirk Dekens

Dr. Dirk Dekens got his doctoral degree in veterinary medicine in 1986 in Ghent, Belgium. After emigrating to Canada in 1989, Dr. Dekens worked as an emergency vet at Calgary Animal Emergency Clinic and as the first full-time vet at the Calgary Humane Society. Dr. Dekens has owned and operated a mobile veterinary practice, Dekens Housecall Veterinary Services, in Calgary and surrounding area since 1999. He was one of the first to initiate this type of practice in the community. Dr. Dekens and his wife Darlene, share their lives with a Yorkshire Terrier named Sugar, and two Papillons, Cayenne and Chai.

Dr. Al Townshend

Dr. Al graduated from the University Of Georgia School Of Veterinary Medicine in 1969. In 1972 he established the Eastern Shore Animal Hospital in his hometown of Chestertown, Maryland. His awareness of the value of nutrition lead him to also take a position as a consultant for Eagle Pet Products, Inc in 1993. In 2006 Dr. Al retired from active practice and took a full time position as Staff Veterinarian at Eagle Pack, which is now under the umbrella of WellPet.
Dr. Townshend is a contributing author to the text “Canine Sports Medicine and Surgery” and has received the coveted "Golden Stethoscope Award" from the Iditarod Sled Dog Race for contributions above and beyond the call of duty in bringing veterinary care to the
dogs of the Iditarod.

Dr. Wanda Vockeroth

Dr. Vockeroth is well-known for her merging of conventional and holistic veterinary medicine. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Veterinary Homeopathy, has studied a range of other holistic therapies. veterinary osteopathy, craniosacral therapy, Chinese herbology, and western herbology. Dr. Vockeroth also advises clients on natural nutrition and supplementation. She now practices at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic in southwest Calgary.