It would make sense in this sophisticated, high-tech world we live in that this service would exist.

But it may not have occurred to all you dog lovers out there that if your favorite four-legged friend is dealing with a medical problem and you are nowhere near your local vet, one text could save your dog's life.

Our favorite phacker.com correspondent, Liz Bagot, informed us of a service that offers live text conversations with licensed veterinarians. You send them a text and within minutes a vet will text you back and and get the conversation started on what the problem might be and what you can do about it. By giving pet owners real-time advice, ask.vet professionals may be able to identify which situations actually require a visit to your local veterinarian.

It's personal attention that can give you some certainty in unclear situations, especially if you're out on a hunting trip, at the lake, taking a long road trip, etc. We know you love your dogs, Montana, so if you haven't done so yet, save this one: Text VET to 67076 and someone will be messaging with you quickly.

A good thing to know!

DB