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

Keeping Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis 'Foreign'

Most horse owners are familiar with Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis, if only through the statement they receive from their veterinarian following their horses' annual vaccinations. But there's another "EE" that, while Read More

Study: Starch Limitation Key for Short-Term Blood Sugar Control

To better control blood sugar and insulin levels, horse owners are encouraged to limit starch intake in their animals, rather than only supplementing their horse's diet with fats, recommends Ingrid Vervuert, DrMedVet, PhD, and Read More

Tips on Examining the Equine Eye

In general, overt pathology is easy to identify because of the ease by which the equine eye can be examined. The largest challenge for general practitioners is determining the significance of subtle variations in normal eyes and recognizing the mild Read More

Treadmill Use Aids Equine Performance Evaluation

Methods for evaluating the ubiquitous presentation of "poor performance" in equine athletes have improved in the past few years, enabling veterinarians to better explain why a horse might not be performing at its previous level, explained David Read More

Toxin Test Might Identify Horses with Diarrhea that Could be Debilitating

Early identification of a toxin produced by the diarrhea-causing bacterium Clostridium difficile, in the feces of horses with diarrhea might help identify which horses are at risk for developing serious disease, report Read More

Shock Wave: No Analgesic Effect Found in Study

Shock wave therapy is widely used to treat proximal suspensory desmitis by inducing the release of cytokines. Read More

Shock Wave a Valid Treatment for Osteoarthritis, Study Finds

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) significantly reduces lameness in horses with osteoarthritis, but it does not alter the course of disease, reported researchers from the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University. Read More

Vaccinate Against Equine Flu to Minimize Spread of Disease

Equine influenza is a common respiratory infection in horses caused by the equine influenza A type-2 virus. While influenza is not particularly harmful to affected horses (i.e., it has a very low mortality rate), it is associated with explosive Read More

Telemetric Endoscopy Could Cure Upper Airway Diagnostic Woes

Upper airway disorders, such as dorsal displacement of the soft palate or dynamic collapse of the upper respiratory tract, can be challenging to diagnose in performance horses. Nonetheless, these are important causes of poor Read More

Will the Worms Win? (Part 1)

Common intestinal parasites and why they are problematic .

Intestinal parasites, or "worms," have been problematic since the domestication of horses. In this first section of a two-part series, we’ll review the Read More

Assisted Recovery Prevents Postoperative Catastrophic Events

Using a rope system to assist horses as they recover from anesthesia postoperatively, is a "valuable and safe way of controlling recovery," reported Hans Wilderjans DVM, Dipl. ECVS, from the Equine Hospital De Bosdreef in Belgium, during the 10t Read More

Lame or Neurologic? Brain Stimulation Might Tell

According to Belgian researcher Heidi Nollet, DVM, PhD, and colleagues from the Department of Large Animal Internal Medicine, University of Gent, transcranial magnetic stimulation of a specific region of the brain called the motor cortex can be Read More

Preventing Colic - Some Practical, Science-Based Tips

After two decades of research, known "risk factors" have been identified for many different types of colic. Being cognizant of factors that make some horses more or less likely to develop colic than others is an important step in reducing the Read More

Wound Management Enhanced Via Maggot Therapy

The use of sterile maggots specifically produced for medical industries is not a new procedure, but one that is perhaps not utilized enough, suggested Olivier M. Lepage, DMV, PhD, Dipl. ECVS, from the University of Lyon in France, at the 10th Read More

From the Horse's Mouth: Zoonotic Disease in Equine Practice

Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. All of these can infect and cause disease in animals--which is especially noteworthy when you consider that more than 70% of infectious diseases of domestic animals and wildlife can also infect humans. Read More

Report: Hyperimmune Plasma Not Effective for R. equi

The administration of hyperimmune plasma to foals is costly, time-consuming, potentially risky, and does not appear to decrease the occurrence of Rhodococcus equi pneumonia, reported Siobhan McAuliffe, MVB, Dipl. ACVIM, head veterinarian Read More

Tiny Drugs Could Have Big Effect on Equine Medicine

Nanomedicine--the use of small-molecule therapeutic drugs--is a rapidly expanding field in human medicine and is anticipated to have a huge impact on equine practice in the not-so-distant future.

According to Paul Debbage, PhD, Read More

Lame or Ataxic? Kinetic Gait Analysis Can Tell

Being able to tell the difference between a mild lameness and subtle spinal ataxia is an important, yet challenging, endeavor in equine practice. Ohio State researchers recently reported that kinetic gait analysis--the computer Read More

Plasma for Wound Healing a Work in Progress

Despite the hypothetical benefits associated with the topical use of platelet-rich plasma for expediting wound repair in horses, research thus far has yet to reveal any beneficial effects on small full-thickness wounds of the distal limb. Read More

Anhidrosis: Altered Thyroid Function a Potential Contributor

Despite the fact that 20% of racehorses in the southern United States are affected by anhidrosis--the inability or decreased ability to sweat--the underlying causes of this medical condition remain unknown.

Sweating is the primary mean Read More

Study: Topical NSAID for Osteoarthritis Safe and Effective

Move over, Bute. In a new independent study, researchers at Colorado State University's Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center concluded that diclofenac liposomal cream (1% diclofenac sodium, trade name Surpass) is safer and more Read More

Joint Injections Show Effect in Osteoarthritis Study

To evaluate the effect of PSGAG and HA on clinical signs and various other measures of osteoarthritis, researchers utilized 24 horses with a similar degree of osteoarthritis in one carpal joint. Read More

Study: Safety Measures to Minimize Injuries to Equine Vets Needed

Due to the high number of work-related serious injuries incurred by equine practitioners, Australian researchers are urging vets to identify and utilize improved safe handling practices.

"It is known that large animal veterinarians have a Read More

Stability and Efficacy of Compounded Pergolide Examined

Researchers have recently cautioned horse owners currently treating horses diagnosed with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, or equine Cushing's syndrome) that the compounded form of the drug pergolide mesylate can become Read More

Colic Survival Improved With Carboxymethylcellulose

Direct application of carboxymethylcellulose (CBMC) to the small intestines and surrounding tissues of horses during colic surgery for small intestinal disease improves postoperative survival. Read More