Friday, August 12, 2022

Ovarian Remnant Syndrome - ORS

 My spayed dog is in heat, what?

We rescued our sweet Chloe in April 2022.
She came home to us the night of her being spayed.
Her spay was provided adoption service through the rescue shelter.

Chloe seemed to recover well from her spaying.
Her post-op appointment indicated she was healing appropriately.  

Chloe continued to thrive and was an active dog in no time.
Until 3 months later when she started bleeding as though she was in heat.
She became mostly lethargic and simply not feeling well.

We took her to our vet.
Her sonogram and bloodwork showed no UTI, kidney or bladder stones.
Her cytology and baseline hormone results showed a condition called
Ovarian Remnant Syndrome (ORS).

ORS occurs when tissue of an ovary is not removed during a spay procedure.  Endometriosis, pelvic adhesions as well as anatomical abnormalities can make it difficult to determine the ovary tissue area and may contribute undetected ovarian tissue not being fully removed.  It can also occur when a sliver of ovarian tissue is dropped unknowingly upon its removal and remains within the uterus area.  Risk of ORS may also occur when unskilled or inexperienced surgeons preform an ovariectomy.  

While your female animal is sterile from their original spay, the ovarian remnant
is attached or can reattach to a blood source eventually producing hormones.
Thus allowing them to have symptoms of being 'in heat'.

Our Chloe had to undergo exploratory surgery this week.
Basically the surgery is the same as the original spay surgery, except
the incision is larger to allow exploration to locate the ovarian remnant.

For Chloe, her right ovarian pedicle still contained ovarian tissue,
causing her Ovarian Remnant Syndrome.
It was removed and she should fully recover in about 2 weeks.

It is important to have the corrective surgery to help prevent the
on-going cycles of being in (sterile) heat as well
as risk of on-going pain, adhesions and certain cancers.

Chloe has been such a brave girl with her discomfort,
pain, enduring a major surgery and now her recovery 💗

I was unware such a condition could occur.  
ORS with similar symptoms can also occur in female humans.  

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Christmas Tea

Our small bubble group met
at my home to share a Christmas Tea
tea hats of course!

George photo bombing 

Although George was not happy
when a hat was placed on him
After our tea luncheon,
we gathered to make tea-infused sugar scrubs
  Afterwards down to my studio for ornament creating
 Five ornament kits were available
 Vintage-inspired tinsel-star ornaments
Textile-wrapped mini Christmas trees
Chenille poinsettias
Snowball Pinecone trees
Stained Wood Tile Ornies

A beautiful day shared with beautiful friends


Monday, December 14, 2020

Merry Christmas Everyone


    Merry Christmas 2020

                                       Our Living Room

        Under this cloche is a keepsake, an antique, mini leather book, 

The Christmas Carol

Our Dining Room




Each year for the past few years, I have selected a 'theme' for one tree.

This year's tree is of vintage women portraits and tassels.



These photos at the bottom of the tree shows (L-R) my paternal grandmother,
my maternal grandmother and my mother.


Always love a decorated chandy!




The violin belong to a grandmother.  It has been in its case forever.  The strings have disintegrated and the bridge fallen loose, but isn't it beautiful?

Our Kitchen Hutch

Our Family Room


ONEL blocks usually spells NOEL.

My husband & sons over the years often mix up the letters for fun.

Although this mix up was brought to you by Norabell.

Peace & Joy to you!
May your Christmas season be filled with love!
Blessings to you & your love ones for a happy & healthy 2021!