Your dog just ate your chocolate cake, the cat got attacked by a dog, or so many other countless possibilities of sudden emergency situations arise daily with pets. Are you ready for such an emergency? Do you know what local emergency services veterinarians are available in your area? Does your area have emergency vets available or have any type of pet medical emergency or pet urgent care available? Are there any veterinarian hospitals which practice emergency veterinary medicine in your locality? Where do people in your local area take their pets for an emergency in the middle of the night or on a Sunday morning? As a responsible pet owner, not only do you need to know the answers to these questions, but you should have the emergency information easily accessible to you for when an emergency occurs. Most localities have veterinarians. However, in a lot of areas these are veterinarian offices open weekdays and only normal business hours. Some have Saturday hours and a few offer a few evening hours when they will treat pets. Most do not offer emergency veterinary medicine. They offer pet urgent care during normal business hours and they do routine shots, exams, spay and neuter, etc. Some areas have veterinarian hospitals. Once again, not all pet hospitals offer pet medical emergency or necessarily even pet urgent care services. Many only offer scheduled procedures with overnight stays for observation, tests, surgical procedures and so forth. In order to provide an answer to this problem for pet owners, various options have been tested. Some cities and towns now actually have pet emergency rooms that are always open. Other areas have tried forming cooperatives of veterinarians from different offices which take turns being on call for pet emergencies. This cooperative serves communities well and provides some emergency veterinary medicine to areas which otherwise would not have access to emergency services. It sometimes can still cause delays in medical attention for your pet during the emergency if you don't know which vet to call. Yet, it definitely is better than no local emergency veterinary medicine.