Matthew phoned. He's at the vet's with Hobkin. The vet says that one of his lungs is clear and the other is very good. And that he only needs oxygen therapy for support rather than round-the-clock. He's been downright feisty there, which is a great sign.
But now they want to anesthetize him so they can draw some blood to run tests on. They also want to see if they can pull a tooth while he's out. This is the tooth that we were planning on having them look at next month, before all this happened.
My first impulse was to have them wait a couple days for him to get stronger, but the vet is concerned that we don't know what's causing his pneumonia and he might not get better and could get worse in a couple days unless we can treat the cause--especially since his last UTI was resistant to Amoxycillin (which he's on now). And that the tooth might be the root of it all.
We decided to go ahead and have them draw his blood, and if his tooth is loose enough for the vet to pull out "with his fingers" to go ahead and do it. But putting Hobkin under is so risky. I am, once again, terrified.
O gods and spirits who watch over little animals, please, please let us have made the right call on this.
[Edit: Matthew just called. Don't know if they pulled Hobkin's tooth or not, but he is now waking up from the anesthesia, and Matthew knew I'd want to know immediately. I'm so relieved, I'm shaking.]
Oof. That's always a hard time. When m'cat Sophie needed an anaesthetic and the vet was all "she may not survive it, and while she's under I want to check this and I want to check that and if they turn out as bad as they might be then I won't want to wake her up," I - well, I came home and spent the day reorganising books, just because I had to be doing something.
Yay for Hobkin, tho': the little skunk who can...
(Admittedly I'm glad I read this after your update!)
And the tooth certainly could be the problem. I had what I thought were severe allergies for five years, which disappeared within four hours of having two wisdom teeth pulled.
Oh, lord. Roller coaster here; what must this be for *you*. An entire family of poor sweeties.
But why anesthetize for a blood draw?
Fudge needs her teeth cleaned periodically (Persians are prone to bad gums. Who knew?) and she just gets kitty valium.
They have to anesthetize Hobkin to draw his blood 'cause they can't take it otherwise. I'm actually quite displeased about it. Hobkin was traumatized several years ago (more details if you want to read them at this post) when the vet took him away from me to try to draw his blood. But as soon as they brought him back and let me hold him, they were able to get blood from him without him even flinching. Pretty much as long as he's in my arms, he'll put up with just about anything. But our vet--which used to be an independent--got bought by a big corporation, and their policy forbids owners to handle their pets during any treatments for fear of lawsuits if the critter should bite the owner. I told them I'd sign any waiver of liability form they had, but they simply won't let me hold him during any procedure, which makes it so much harder for both them and Hobkin, and essentially makes impossible some things like drawing blood with him conscious. So frustrating.