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Hello, this is Dr. RB and I am a small animal veterinarian;) To help answer your questions, general blood work doesn't require any bandaging materials unless an intravenous catheter is placed which is usually not the case. Smaller needles are needed to obtain blood samples than in human medicine. And blood work, x-rays, exam and pain medications with a $450 bill is pretty reasonable. As far as surgery cost goes, I would call them and request the DVM and staff create an itemized surgical estimate for you so you will be better prepared. Most hip dislocations require a procedure known as a femoral head osteotomy (FHO) to remove the head of the femur (ball at the top of back leg that fits into the hip joint) and allow the muscles and cartilage material around the hip joint to stabilize the joint. By removing the femoral head, pain will be reduced because you eliminate the "rubbing" or motion created by the dislocation. I hope this is of help to you:)
I think surgery is the best option in order for her to regain mobility in her hind limb.
Some hip injuries can be stabilized with a splint or sling applied to leg but there is a high incidence of the joint repeating it's dislocation. Surgery within a few days of the injury is best because the supporting structures around the joints are able to heal better after the surgery than if surgery is delayed long enough to allow these structures to thicken or fibrose around the joint capsule.