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
October 07, 2008
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
October 06, 2008
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
October 03, 2008
October 01, 2008
What do nutritional supplements, infectious diseases, and snake bites have in common? All were considered "hot Read More
September 30, 2008
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
September 29, 2008
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
September 28, 2008
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
September 25, 2008
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
September 20, 2008
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
September 14, 2008
Just because a supplement comes in fancy packaging with a tamper-resistant foil seal and promises of efficacy does not necessarily mean that it is safe for your horse.
According to the Committee on Examining the Safety of Dietary Read More
September 10, 2008
Since the loss of Barbaro and Eight Belles, NBC's Roundtable on the horseracing industry at the 2008 Preakness Stakes, and the congressional hearing in June 2008, researchers are highlighting their efforts to improve racehorse safety and Canadian Read More
September 09, 2008
A recent addition to a family of bacteria generally associated with human stomach problems could play a part in causing intestinal upset in foals, say Belgian researchers who have found that a disproportionate amount of foals have the bug in their Read More
September 03, 2008
The potential impact of intra-articular medications on the health of cartilage in joints has been debated for decades. Adding fuel to the fire is the recent finding that two common joint medications not only support cartilage cells, they also Read More
September 01, 2008
Does your horse give "dirty" looks? Rather than trying to read his expression, you might be able get some clues about how your horse really feels about objects by paying attention to which eye he uses to observe them. French Read More
September 01, 2008
Joint injections can safely localize lameness or medicate a joint, but they might cause complications. Read More
August 31, 2008
August 27, 2008
Along with researching drugs, treatments, and techniques to keep your horse healthy, equine researchers are discovering how handling and training methods can be brought more in line with horses' natural behaviors and instincts for a more harmonious Read More
August 24, 2008
Oklahoma researchers interested in limiting equine herpesvirus (EHV) disease outbreaks have established specific dosing recommendations for the antiviral agent valacyclovir. The drug appears to be effective in preventing or minimizing clinical Read More
August 09, 2008
To guess a horse's age you can look at his teeth ... or the length of his telomeres and his immune system function, according to researchers with the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center.
Scientists studying the Read More
August 08, 2008
For more than 100 years, equine researchers have been examining why gray horses that are losing hair pigmentation are often concurrently affected by melanomas—tumors characterized by a massive production of the pigment melanin.
According Read More
August 05, 2008
German researcher Patricia Anielski is raising the bar when it comes to drug testing in horses. Anabolic steroids such as testosterone propionate can be detected in hair samples to identify current and even previous abuse of the substance. Read More
August 01, 2008
Stem cell research has shown that adult stem cells can be safely and easily harvested from fat deposits in a horse and used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal diseases. These cells are capable of becoming bone, muscle, cartilage, or tendon cells. Read More
July 28, 2008
It appears most young foals born on farms with endemic Lawsonia intracellularis could be protected from equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE), a spreading intestinal disease caused by the bacterium, provided they ingest colostrum containing Read More
July 26, 2008
Aggressive research efforts to discover how the sarcoid-causing bovine papillomaviruses (BPV) are spread either within or between horses have resulted in the identification of BPV genetic material (DNA) in circulating blood cells. Read More
July 24, 2008
Endotoxemia. Septic shock. Intestinal ischemia. What do all these ailments have in common? Based on recent studies, some researchers think an investigational drug called pirfenidone might be a treatment option for all three.
"Pirfenidone, Read More