Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc

Stacey Oke, DVM, MSC, is a freelance medical writer based out of Canada. Her areas of interest are nutrition, supplements and osteoarthritis, and she contributes to scientific journals, magazines, and tabloid publications. When not writing, Stacey whiles away her days with her husband and two children.

Articles by Stacey Oke

Speed Researcher Says Horses Have Reached their Limit

It doesn't look like Thoroughbred racehorses will be breaking records anytime soon ... or perhaps ever again.

According to Mark Denny, PhD, of California's Stanford University, a plateau in racing speed was reached Read More

Diode Laser Treatment for Headshaking a Burning Success

California researchers aren't shy when it comes to managing headshaking in horses. According to a case report published in the Nov. 15 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Jeannine Berger, DVM, Dipl. Read More

Stable Air Quality a Breath of Fresh ... Endotoxin?

If you think you are pampering and protecting your horse in his cushy, comfortable stall instead of turning him out on pasture, think again. Michigan State University researchers have found that stabled horses are exposed to eight Read More

Foal Weight Partially Dependent on Parity in New Study

Australian researchers based at Coolmore Stud in New South Wales, Australia, reported in a new study that placental weight and parity (number of foals a mare has had) are positively associated with foal weight. In contrast, neither Read More

Risk Factors for Spinal Cord Compression Found

A triad of factors, namely sex, breed, and age, are all associated with the development of cervical vertebral compressive myelopathy (CVCM) according to one of the latest studies published by researchers at the College of Read More

MSM Shows Protective Effect in First Equine Study

In the first peer-reviewed, published study to evaluate the effects of the nutritional supplement methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in horses, Spanish researchers found that MSM exerted a protective effect against the detrimental physiologic changes Read More

Exercise's Effects Vary by Tendon Type

Researchers from the United Kingdom recently embarked on an 18-month exercise study to determine why the equine superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is more prone to injury than the various other tendons located in the distal (lower) part of Read More

Beware Bute's Adverse Effects, Researchers Recommend

Phenylbutazone, or Bute, is an anti-inflammatory drug widely administered long-term for the management of painful musculoskeletal injuries, navicular syndrome, and osteoarthritis. While it is widely known that Bute can cause serious Read More

Researchers Explore Reasons for 'Early' Return of Small Strongyles Following Treatment

Research has shown that small strongyle eggs, apparent in feces, are returning sooner after treating horses with ivermectin (a commonly administered broad-spectrum anti-parasitic drug) than when the drug was first marketed. Read More

Link Between Equine Disease Outbreak and Psychological Distress Found

During the outbreak of equine influenza that occurred in Australia in 2007, mental health researchers identified extremely high levels of psychological distress in horse owners and other people involved in the equine industry.

According to Read More

Antibiotic Virginiamycin Does Not Reduce Cribbing, Weaving

Finding a "cure" for common stereotypies, such as headshaking, cribbing, and weaving, continues to elude veterinary researchers, since the antibiotic virginiamycin as a dietary supplement has been culled from the pool of possibilities. Read More

Leptospira Not an Important Factor in Recurrent Uveitis, Researchers Say

As a result of aggressive research efforts, the underlying causes and factors contributing to recurrent uveitis--a painful and debilitating condition that is the leading cause of blindness in horses--are becoming known.

"Recurrent Read More

New Study on Acupuncture with Drugs as Equine Sedation Option

Acupuncture is not a new technique, but clinical studies proving that this treatment modality works in horses are relatively few and far between. In the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Brazilian scientists Read More

Equine Endometrial Infections Following Embryo Transfer Limit Pregnancy Rates

According to a group of European reproduction specialists from the Centre for Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer, University of Veterinary Sciences in Austria, subclinical infections of the uterine lining can occur following Read More

Laser Surgery Now Available at the Ontario Veterinary College

Horses in Ontario, Canada diagnosed with upper airway problems such as "roaring" (also known as left laryngeal hemiplegia) no longer need to be treated under general anesthesia. Nor do they have to shop south of the border for their laser surger Read More

EHV-1 Neurologic Disease Research Ongoing

Despite being a relatively rare disease in horses, the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1 myeloencephalopathy, EHM) continues to cause outbreaks of disease that result in devastating losses, both emotional and economic, to the equine Read More

Treating Seasonal Headshaking with Eye Drops

Horses that shake their heads in an unexpected, intermittent, potentially violent, and apparently involuntary way are not only frustrating, but widely deemed unsafe for the rider or handler.

Horses suffering from seasonal headshaking can Read More

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM): Search for Underlying Causes Continues

Despite having recently identified a genetic defect that results in polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in many horses, the underlying cause of PSSM remains to be determined in others. Read More

Emerging Pathogen Lawsonia Detailed in New Study

Lawsonia intracellularis is known to be the causative agent of proliferative enteropathy (a spreading disease involving the intestines) in horses and is an important emerging Read More

ACVIM Conference Highlights

Among the hot topics this year were nutritional supplements, infectious disease, and metabolism problems.

What do nutritional supplements, infectious diseases, and snake bites have in common? All were considered "hot Read More

Good as Gold? More Research Supports Glucosamine

Questions and concerns abound surrounding the use of oral joint health supplements for horses with osteoarthritis, and so researchers continue their quest to determine if and how glucosamine works to decrease pain and inflammation caused by Read More

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy Effective in Equine Tendon Study

While not nearly as controversial as research involving embryonic-derived stem cells in human medicine, the veterinary world is certainly divided on the clinical benefits, or lack thereof, of bone marrow-derived stem cell therapy for tendon Read More

Equine Anhidrosis: Researcher's 'Sweat Equity' Led to New Test

Florida researcher Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida, has developed a new means of assessing and quantifying quantifying clinical signs of horses tha Read More

More Evidence Supports Glucosamine for Joint Disease

Skeptics continue to doubt the effects of glucosamine and other oral joint health supplements, but mounting research seems to be proving, one step at a time, that there is more to these products than meets the eye.

Canadian researchers, led Read More

Genetic Mutation for Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Widespread

Veterinary researchers from the University of Minnesota have identified a gene potentially responsible for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in Quarter Horses and, in doing so, they uncovered a number of research leads to pursue. In a Read More