Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc

Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she's worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

Articles by Stacey Oke

EHV-1 Neurologic Disease a Challenge for Researchers

Despite the remarkable advances in understanding neurologic disease in horses, including the identification of the single genetic mutation that gives rise to the neuropathogenic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1), virologists continue to Read More

Study: Neurologic Strain of Equine Herpesvirus-1 Increasing

The number of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) infections caused by the neuropathogenic form of the virus has been steadily increasing over the past 51 years, report researchers from the University of Kentucky.

Clinical observations sugges Read More

Delaying Dewormer Resistance: Advice Offered in Study

Nonchemical parasite control strategies, fecal egg count monitoring, and controlled quarantine treatments all can delay the development of anthelmintic resistance (AR Read More

Aseptic Platelet-Rich Plasma Preparation Essential in Equine Practice

Special laboratory equipment is not needed to produce bacteria-free platelet concentrates (commonly referred to as platelet-rich plasma), but stringent attention to proper aseptic technique is essential.

Equine veterinarians are using Read More

Bitless Bridles Touted as Safer Alternative for Horses in New Study

Previous studies evaluating the behavioral responses of horses to different types of bridles found that horses perform at least as well, if not better, with a bitless bridle than a jointed snaffle.

To probe deeper into the issue, Robert Read More

Investigating Platelet-Rich Plasma for Equine Tendon Injuries

A single injection of platelet-rich plasma appears beneficial for acute clinical tendon injuries in horses, report a group of scientists from The Netherlands.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fraction of whole blood that contains a Read More

Platelet-Rich Plasma: Healing Skin Wounds in Horses

Brazilian researchers report that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is beneficial for healing surgical wounds in horses, contrary to previous reports.  

Because wound healing in Read More

Equine Osteoarthritis: The Economic Impact

Do you know what your horse's joints are worth?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful, debilitating joint disease with no known cure. It is characterized by heat, pain, swelling, crepitus (a crackling, crinkly, or grating Read More

Gastric Cancer in Horses: Researchers Scope out the Details

Abdominal tumors are only rarely diagnosed in horses, but the amount of time horses usually survive after such a finding is shockingly short. Because the signs of gastric cancer are vague, diagnosing gastric cancer in horses can Read More

Tendons Show Improved Healing with Glycosaminoglycan Polysulfate

Injecting glycosaminoglycan polysulfate directly into lesions of the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) significantly improves reorganization of the tendon's collagen bundles during the healing process, report Brazilian veterinary Read More

Diseases Potentially Spread from Horses to Humans Via Bites Reviewed

The long list of diseases that humans could potentially contract after being bitten by a horse gives new meaning to the old adage, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

According to the report, "That Horse Bit Me: Zoonotic Read More

Experimental Endotoxemia Drug Performs Poorly in Horse Study

Pirfenidone, a unique experimental drug with anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory properties, afforded no apparent therapeutic benefit in horses with experimentally-induced endotoxemia, leaving Cal Davis researchers rather disappointed. Read More

Neurectomy Effects on Suspensory Ligament Discussed in Case Report

Neurectomy of the deep branch of the lateral plantar nerve resulted in a "profound" atrophy of the muscular portion of the proximal suspensory ligament reports researchers in the Equine Veterinary Journal.

The surgical procedure is Read More

Europe Closing The Gap with New Vaccine Technology

A novel equine influenza vaccine using a specialized second generation ISCOM-Matrix adjuvant has resulted in a product that is not only safe and effective, but also capable of closing the so-called "immunity gap," reported researchers from Read More

Thoroughbreds Could Contribute to Human Diabetes Research

Not only can Thoroughbreds provide hours of entertainment for racing enthusiasts, they could also play an invaluable role in understanding obesity and Type 2 diabetes in humans, reports a group of Irish researchers.

"Over the past 400 Read More

Link Between Drugs and Racehorse Injuries is a Work In Progress

Higher levels of two different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were identified in Thoroughbred racehorses suffering musculoskeletal injuries in Kentucky Racing Commission races compared to non-injured horses. But whether these Read More

Equine Study Shows Genetic Abnormalities Cause Infertility

DNA-based assays have enabled researchers to look at reproductive disorders from a genetic standpoint. Read More

Equine Leg Wounds: Should You Bandage?

Managing wounds on the lower limbs of horses can be expensive, frustrating, and wrought with complications. Read More

EPM: Is DMSO the Cure for Treatment Issues?

New research on treating horses with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) has found dissolving toltrazuril sulfone, commercially known as ponazuril, in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) instead of water prior to oral administration in horses increase Read More

Causes of Diarrhea in Horses (Beyond Salmonella)

Diarrhea can rapidly develop into a life-threatening condition that can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Knowing the potential causes of diarrhea can help ensure a full recovery and minimize the chances of the development of Read More

Ireland's EIA Experience: What Did We Learn?

In 2006, Ireland was rocked by an outbreak of equine infectious anemia (EIA) that was rapidly contained by veterinarians and the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (read Read More

African Horse Sickness Vaccine a Work in Progress

North America is free of the African horse sickness virus, yet this disease poses an important threat should an infected horse or a biting midge that harbors the virus be introduced.

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Detecting Tapeworms, Reducing Resistance through 'Diagnostic Deworming'

Diagnostic deworming of horses with anti-tapeworm drugs could play an important role in reducing resistance to antiparasitic drugs, report veterinarians from Japan and North America.

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Firocoxib Dose for Navicular Pain and Osteoarthritis Established

When it comes to pain management in horses, the words "osteoarthritis" and "phenylbutazone" seem to work in tandem. But not all veterinarians are sold on the routine use of this drug in horses. Phenylbutazone is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Read More

Hippotherapy Evaluation Aided by Technology, Report Says

The ability to measure changes in pressure values at the points of contact between a rider and a horse is anticipated to be an important tool in advancing the quality of hippotherapy, say researchers from Eastern Europe. Read More