Treatment & Support

  • Pet Cancer – Complementary Therapies

    From mushrooms to Chinese herbs, melatonin and many more … There are a number of other options to support and treat pets with cancer, which can be used in conjunction with the conventional methods, or which be employed on their own. The goals are to slow or stop the progression of cancer. Also, to provide […]

    March 19, 2019

  • Modified Citrus Pectin, Dogs, and Cancer

    We came across this interesting article on Modified Citrus Pectin and got our expert Dr. Al Townsend to share his thoughts before we linked to it. He Shares: This is a great article from two highly respected veterinary oncologists. Together, they wrote the book on cancer “Dog Cancer Survival Guide”. Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) would […]

    December 11, 2018

  • Diet for Pets Fighting Cancer

    If your dog or cat has been diagnosed with cancer, this diet is worth checking out because your pet will likely have different health needs during this time.   Click here: Diet – Pets with Cancer Our friends at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, created this document. Proper diet and supplements can help your pet through […]

    October 31, 2018

  • Cannabis and Your Pets

    Is Cannabis right for you and your pets?? Our friends at Montgomery Village Veterinary Clinic put this great informational video together for those considering using cannabis for their pets.

    October 9, 2018

  • Emma’s Story

    Emma was a rambunctious and spirited little Boston Terrier, loved by Chelsie B. who had wanted a dog forever. Five days before Chelsie’s eighteenth birthday, her parents got Emma and brought her home as a present for their daughter. We asked if Emma was a good girl, “No!” Chelsie laughed, “She was terrible! She was […]

    May 8, 2018

  • DogFest Spring Fling 2018 – May 12

    Are you a Pet Guardian? Do you live in (or near) Calgary? Then come join Kali’s Wish at DogFest Spring Fling 2018! For the month of May, Kali’s Wish is recognizing Pet Cancer Awareness Month. On Saturday, May 12th, our team will boothing at the 2018 DogFest Spring Fling from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm […]

    April 30, 2018

  • Cancer in the Park – May 5

    For the month of May, Kali’s Wish is recognizing Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Join us throughout May for plenty of fun and educational events, as well as opportunities to connect and speak with Pet Guardians who are going through, or have gone through, caring for a pet with cancer. First up on Saturday, May 5th, […]

    April 25, 2018

  • Calgary Pet Expo – April 21 to April 22

    Are you going to the Calgary Pet Expo? We are too! Kali’s Wish will be exhibiting at the Calgary Pet Expo from April 21st to 22nd. Our booth number is 510. There will be treats from our awesome sponsors Natural Balance and our Kali’s Wish team will be on site to give give Pet Guardians the […]

    April 20, 2018

  • Doggy Blood Donations & Treating Cancer

    In part 2 of our series on dog blood donations, we look at how donated dog blood helps with cancer treatment. Blood transfusions ease the stress of chemotherapy for dogs: “[The] best thing is that blood can be a bridge to support the patient pre-chemotherapy, during chemotherapy, or post-chemotherapy,” Beth Knight, lab director for the […]

    March 14, 2018

  • Doggy Blood Donations: It’s in Them to Give

    Have you heard of the Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB)? They provide animals with much needed blood – very similar to humans! In the first part of our two part series on dog blood donations, we are taking a general look at why blood donations are needed and the process dog blood donation. Dog blood […]

    February 15, 2018

  • Pet Insurance 101

    Pet insurance is just like any other form of insurance; it helps you prepare for the unexpected. If you decide your pet needs insurance, think about what you want it to cover. Like with most insurance, one size does not fit all. Make sure you do your research and see what’s included (and excluded) in […]

    February 7, 2018

  • Disco’s Story

    My story is about Disco, a three-pawed chihuahua. Back in 2011, he found himself at one of the highest kill shelters in southern California. When he arrived he was immediately listed to be euthanized after a 4 day hold, because the person in charge decided that no one would want to adopt a dog who […]

    January 26, 2018

  • Loki’s Story

    We want to share a message of support for our friend Jesse, a resident of Alberta, and his best friend, Loki. He reached out to us looking for support from our vet experts when he found out Loki, a pitbull mastiff mix, was diagnosed with fibrosarcoma of the nose. Loki, who is almost five, wasn’t […]

    January 12, 2018

  • Bio Detection & Pet Cancer Screening

    Currently, pet owners have limited options when it comes to cancer screenings for their furry companions. All too often, we find out too late that our pets are sick. Liz Dick, head trainer with Bio Detection Dogs Canada, is hoping to change that. We sat down with her to discuss her latest ongoing project – […]

    December 20, 2017

  • Zini’s Story

    Zini, our beloved piebald husky, was born in July 2001 in California before coming to Canada as a sled dog in 2003. After retiring from the races in 2005, this sweet, mischievous, and witty husky was ready for a new home. After travelling to meet Zini, we locked eyes and that began our beautiful relationship. […]

    December 11, 2017

  • Conventional vs. Complementary Cancer Treatments

    What comes after a fateful cancer diagnosis is relayed by your Vet? Education. One of the main items of concern is how the cancer will be treated. There are two types of treatments: Conventional and Complementary. Conventional cancer treatments are used to directly treat the cancer after it has been diagnosed. The treatment is usually […]

    November 9, 2017

  • Reducing Veterinary Clinic Stress for Pets

    It’s no secret that most pets would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home, rather than visit a veterinary clinic. Fortunately, there are a number of things that can help make the visit a little easier, reducing the stress for both pets and the humans who love them. According to Dr. Dirk […]

    October 18, 2017

  • 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

  • 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

  • Golden Retriever Lifetime Study hopes to help find cure for cancer

    Dogs are diagnosed with many of the same cancers as humans, with a presentation, clinical pathology, and treatment response very much like that observed in humans. We also share 85% of our DNA with our canine companions. With this in mind, researchers hypothesize that similar genetic mechanisms cause human and canine cancers, and that genetic studies of […]

    May 17, 2017

  • Meet Dr. Vockeroth

    Who is Dr. Wanda Vockeroth? She is a very respected Vet, who is also on our Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation’s Panel of Experts. Dr. Wanda is well-known for her merging of conventional and holistic veterinary medicine. She became interested in doing acupuncture in animals early in her career, and became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in […]

    May 11, 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

  • Put your records on… for your dog

    Music has long been an emotional outlet and source of catharsis for humans, and we now know that it can potentially help our dogs deal with stress as well. According to a new study from the Scottish SPCA and researchers from the University of Glasgow, playing music has a positive effect on a dog’s behavior. […]

    February 8, 2017

  • Surgery

    What are the goals of cancer surgery? For most pet cancers, surgery is the primary form of treatment. Surgery is used to remove or reduce the size of a tumour and make any subsequent treatments with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, more effective. In some cases, chemotherapy or radiation therapy is used before surgery to shrink […]

    December 20, 2016

  • Veterinary Acupuncture

    What is veterinary acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing method used to prevent and treat many different health conditions by inserting fine needles into specific “acupuncture” points on the body. Your pet’s body has thousands of acupuncture points but only about 200 are used on a regular basis in veterinary acupuncture. These points, which […]

    December 20, 2016

  • Rehabilitation Therapy

    What is rehabilitation therapy? Although it’s been around a long time in the human world, rehabilitation therapy is just picking up speed in the veterinary community. In fact, in 2010, veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation was officially recognized as a specialty by the American Board of Veterinary Specialities. Rehabilitation therapy can be used effectively to […]

    December 20, 2016

  • Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)

    What is Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine? Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a system of medicine that’s been used in China for thousands of years to treat myriad ailments in pets. TCVM is based on the philosophical principles of “Qi” (pronounced Chee), Yin and Yang and the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. […]

    December 20, 2016

  • Veterinary Homeopathy

    Homeopathy is a type of naturopathic medicine first developed by German physician, Samuel Hahnemann about two hundred years ago. It is based on the principles that the body has the ability to repair itself and “like cures like” — a substance that can make you ill in large doses can make you well in small […]

    December 20, 2016

  • Chemotherapy

    What is chemotherapy? Chemotherapy is the use of one or a combination of drugs to treat cancer. This form of treatment can be used alone but is often used in conjunction with surgery and/or radiation therapy to help: achieve cancer remission decrease the risk of tumour reoccurrence decrease the risk of metastasis (cancer spreading to […]

    December 19, 2016

  • Radiation Therapy

    What is radiation therapy? Recent advances in veterinary medicine allow vets to more accurately diagnose the type and location of tumours in our pets. And that, when combined with cutting-edge equipment, means today’s radiation therapy is more accurate and effective than ever before with fewer side effects and damage to normal cells. In a nutshell, […]

    December 19, 2016

  • Animal Chiropractic

    What is animal chiropractic? Animal chiropractic is based on the paradigm that the body has the innate power to heal itself and that innate power is controlled by the nervous system. Nerves control everything that happens in your pet’s body. And the brain and spinal cord, which are protected by the spine, control the messages […]

    December 19, 2016

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