This past week, I have been the on call doctor for the clinic. This has been an interesting experience since I had to field calls for clients that own cats and dogs. The last time I dealt exclusively with cat and dog questions was back in vet school and amazingly it was like riding a bike–it all starts to come back to you as you immerse in it. Most of the questions pertained to a current situation of the pet and is this is something that should be seen immediately at an emergency clinic…or can it wait until morning. My biggest challenge was feeling like I can tell someone that something can wait until morning. I tend to always run on the side of caution and feel it is better to be seen sooner rather than wait. In exotic and avian medicine, time is crucial in the treatment process and there is almost never a situation that I would suggest waiting. So I really had to sit back and consider, can this cat or dog wait until morning. Truthfully there was only a couple of times that I really felt this was appropriate. Mostly, the decision needed to be ER clinic, ASAP. It was intriguing how most of my converstaions with clients were very similar. Pretty much every client was already prepared for what I would say and they just needed that reassurance that it was the right decision. I think most of us have really good instincts about a situation—something is not right and we feel it in our gut. But making the leap to the next step of action can be very scary sometimes and we just need someone with objectivity to provide that nudge. I hope all of the pets that needed additional care are doing well this week. Being a fellow pet owner, I know how difficult it is to go through an emergency situation and have to make a bunch of tough decisions. My thoughts are with you all.