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Trupanion’s Territory Partners, From the Hospital to the Field

Trupanion’s success can be attributed to our Territory Partners more than anything else. Our Territory Partners are pet-passionate visionaries who help educate veterinarians, their staff, and their local communities to understand how medical insurance for cats and dogs can benefit pets, pet owners, and the veterinary community. Our Territory Partners are the vital link between Trupanion and veterinary practices, and the reason more and more veterinarians recommend Trupanion to their clients. They come from varying backgrounds in veterinary medicine and sales but all of them are incredibly driven and have a common thread: a strong passion for pets and Trupanion’s mission to care for them all.


 

Meet Meghan Kernohan

Territory: Ottawa, Ontario
Sign date: 2014

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As a veterinary technician at a large veterinary hospital, Meghan Kernohan witnessed firsthand the financial strain placed on many pet owners who wanted the best for their pets.

“Part of my job working in the clinic included discussing finances with pet owners. More often than not people could not afford the medical treatments required to help their pet. Many pet owners want to help their pets, but so many of them are unprepared to handle how high the bill can go. Even pet owners who had spent thousands on their beloved pet still had to draw the line somewhere financially,” Meghan reflected.

When she and her boyfriend got their own dog, she immediately got her covered through a Trupanion certificate. “It was a no-brainer to get her insured.”

She continued working at the veterinary hospital until one day when a friend informed her about the Territory Partner position at Trupanion. “Having already experienced Trupanion first hand as a policyholder, and seen Trupanion in action for clients who had a policy when dealing with an emergency or chronic illness, I saw Trupanion as a solution to a widespread problem. With the support of my boyfriend, I took a leap.”

As a pet owner, veterinary technician, and policyholder for her dog and two cats, Meghan brings several perspectives to the role of Territory Partner. “I’ve had pets since I was little and have experienced the struggle that comes with trying to afford veterinary care when a pet is sick. As a veterinary technician, I have medical knowledge and an awareness of how much it costs. As a policy holder, I see the value in having insurance, even if it is just for peace of mind.”

This helps her relate to people on every level of the business, from customer to practice manager. “I really want every pet owner to have the peace of mind to know that they can do everything they can to help their pet. This also means the veterinarian and veterinary staff can practice the medicine they went to school for, and give each and every pet the very best in veterinary care.”

She enjoys the flexibility, the time spent in her car listening to good music, and getting to know hospital staff and building relationships. But what she finds the most rewarding is seeing the really high-paying claims come through, she said “the ones where in the back of my mind I know that very few people would be able to afford, or over time would have to draw the line. Seeing those claims I can almost feel the relief that the pet owner must feel.”

“Hearing their stories continues to inspire me to keep advocating for Trupanion. One day I hope that the majority of pets who walk into a vet’s office with their pet owner will be insured and that finances will be completely taken out of the equation, and veterinarians will be the heroes they deserve to be.”


Think you have what it takes to become a Territory Partner? Check out our current Territory Partner job opportunities.

Parasites Don’t Have to Be Your Family Pets

pets-and-parasites-pugAt some point in their lives, almost every dog and cat will have some infection or infestation with an internal or external parasite. Because it is almost certain that your family pet will encounter an invader, it is important you know more about these pesky creatures. It is also critical that you have a relationship with a veterinarian that you know and trust to give you the very best advice for your particular pet. Parasite prevalence and the risks of infection are very different at different life stages of your pet and vary based on where you live. You and your pet deserve very specific advice from that veterinarian you both know!


Getting Active with Your Dog – Part 2

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Man’s best friend – but what about man’s best workout partner?

We all know our dogs love exercise. They’re the first to line up at the door when they hear the ‘W’ word, but what about the ‘R’ word (RUN).

Working out together can be good for both you and your dog, so here are our 8 favorite ways of getting active with your dog.


How to Treat Seasonal Allergies in Your Pet

dog-maltipoo-allergiesAs spring slowly hops in, it brings a horrible side affect: allergies. Seasonal allergies affect our pets just as badly as they affect us. Whereas allergy symptoms in humans usually involve the respiratory tract, allergies in our furry companions often show as skin irritation or inflammation.

It’s a terrible experience to see your pet suffering from any type of allergies. Pets are unable to communicate what is wrong and must rely on you to understand the symptoms. As a pet owner, I’ve seen allergy symptoms arise in my pets for a number of reasons. My first experience was when my dog, Jiji, was still a puppy. She would spend her days chewing her feet, sneezing and scratching herself against any rough surface.

The first time we took her to the vet, they noticed she had an ear infection and attributed all the symptoms to the infection. Jiji continued to nibble on her feet and scratch herself long after she was done with the ear medication.

It was devastating to see Jiji in such clear distress and being unable to help. I could go up to her and ask her opinions on the matter so I had to put on my detective cap and follow the clues. I became determined to help my puppy in any way that was possible.

That is when I took it upon myself to research what else could be ailing my poor puppy and came upon different articles on allergies. As I began reading more and more about allergies, I realized that was what poor Jiji was suffering from. When I brought it up to my veterinarian, she took some tests and sure enough, Jiji was suffering from seasonal allergies.

Whether they are seasonal or long-term allergies, always consult with your veterinarian on what methods are best with dealing with pet allergies. Human medication for allergies may have adverse and horrible effects on dogs and should never be used without a vet’s approval.


Getting Active with Your Dog – Part 1

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Nearly 9 in 10 pet owners see their pets as members of the family, but how many think of them as exercise partners?

54% of dog owners state that owning a dog keeps them active and dog owners are also 34% more likely to reach the federal benchmarks on physical activity.

Are you making the most of your time together however? Here’s why you should get fit with your dog.