I just brought my border collie home today from a splint removal after 5 weeks without sedation or xrays. My total cost for the initial xrays 2 splint placements (redone at 3,weeks), sedation for initial closed reduction (realignment of both bones right above her ankle)and all the weekly followup visits as well as splint removal was $180. I live in OK and I will tell you people travel a long distance to use my vet for their experience and fees. They recommended a plate done by a specialist because of where the was, but I could not afford the $4000 cost for the surgery in Dallas. They could tell by fell and look whether or not bones were healed well enough. My vet believes in minimum necessary. To remove it, all they did was take bandage scissors and cut vertically down the length of the cast. It sounds like your dogs break is much more stable than mine, but I would still want a professional to look at it even if I refused sedation and xrays.