For many New Zealanders, they're part of the family.
But what should you do if your precious pet is sick or hurt and and the vet clinic is closed.
It's a scenario we're being urged to think about heading into summer, with an awareness campaign launched by the New Zealand Veterinary Association Te Pae Kīrehe
Sally Cory is the association's Head of Veterinary Services for Companion Animals. She speaks to Jesse.