Ovulation Compensatory Function After Unilateral Ovariectomy in Dogs

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As a step towards elucidation of the timing and mechanism of the determination of the number of ovulated ova in dogs, we excised one ovary 2, 5 and 8 days after the beginning of vulval bleeding and examined whether the lost ovulation function, assessed by estimating the number of ovulated oocytes, would be compensated for by the remaining ovary. The number of ovulated ova was maintained by the remaining ovary in the group that underwent unilateral ovariectomy 2 days after the beginning of vulval bleeding. However, in the groups ovariectomized 5 or 8 days after the beginning of vulval bleeding, no compensation for the number of ova that would have been ovulated from the lost ovary was observed; ova were ovulated only from the follicles 3 mm or greater in diameter observed in the remaining ovary at unilateral ovariectomy. Thus, in dogs, the number of ovulated ova is considered to be determined within 5 days after the beginning of vulval bleeding.

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