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Incomplete ovarian tissue removal in female dogs and cats

England, Gary C.W.; White, Rob

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Foundation Dean & Prof Comparative Veterinary Reproduction

Professor of Practice


Incomplete ovariectomy (IO) is the unintentional partial or complete lack of removal of one or both ovaries during an ovariohysterectomy or ovariectomy procedure, and is often referred to as ‘ovarian remnant syndrome’. It usually has a clear clinical presentation, although there are a number of other conditions that may have similar presenting signs. In female cats and dogs these include: non-oestrous mounting behaviour, non-oestrous vulval discharge and, solely in bitches, sexual interest from males and iatrogenic pseudopregnancy. This article considers the causes, presentation, methods of diagnosis and management of IO in bitches and queens.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 31, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 14, 2016
Publication Date Jul 31, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 22, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 22, 2016
Journal In Practice
Print ISSN 0263-841X
Electronic ISSN 2042-7689
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 7
Pages 315-326
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Additional Information © 2016 British Veterinary Association


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