To the editor: OK. Let me set the scene. It's 10 p.m. My beloved, and usually gregarious, Maine coon Gabe is bunched up in a strange position, hiding behind my bureau.

I fear a blockage — a life-threatening condition from which he has suffered several times before — that requires immediate attention and aggressive treatment.

By now, it's 10:03 p.m. I call my vet's emergency number and am told that, "So sorry, but we don't accept emergency calls after 10 p.m." which news I do not receive well!

Choices? Middletown, Del. — but never mind, they don't have a vet on-call tonight. Annapolis — not in the mix (but that's another story), so Dover, Del. it is!

I scoop Gabe up to drive to the emergency clinic in Dover — 90 minutes — to which I've never been before. My GPS is out-of-whack, so I make several wrong turns, adding about 20 minutes to my drive time and my anxiety. Sound familiar?

I recount the above experience due to my belief that, considering the number of local vets now serving our community, we need to expect more for our beloved pets!

Wouldn't it be possible to work out a rotation, with each vet assigned to a particular evening for emergency calls once in awhile, to better serve the needs of their clients?

I am just throwing out this challenge due to my own frustration — echoed by many pet-owning friends — at this unacceptable situation in which we currently find ourselves.

Meg Parry

Rock Hall

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