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

Sarcoids Beware: Electrochemotherapy in Horses 'Highly Effective'

In an effort to find a cure for sarcoids, common skin tumors in horses, a group of researchers have spent the past 15 years developing electrochemotherapy (ECT)--a treatment modality that uses a combination of chemotherapeutic drug administratio Read More

Mysteries of Equine Herpesvirus-1 Shedding

While it's widely hypothesized that horses shed equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) during times of stress and illness, researchers on a new study say that critically ill horses with acute gastrointestinal disease (colic or colitis) in a veterinary hospital Read More

Rapid and Reliable Test for Diarrhea-Causing Toxin Identified

Toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium difficile can cause diarrhea in adult horses and foals. The high economic impact associated with treatment costs, considerable animal losses to disease associated with mortality and Read More

Radiation Therapy for Equine Cancer Patients

While radiation therapy might seem like an unrealistic option for managing horses with cancer, Janean Fidel, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, Dipl. ACVIM, from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine suggests the opposite. She attests Read More

Rattlesnake Bite Management Recommendations

The United States is home to 26 species of rattlesnakes, making rattlesnake bites relatively common events in equine medicine. Horse owners definitely need to resist the urge to begin sucking the venom from their horse's rattlesnake bite Read More

CDC Study: Equine Practitioner Hygiene Could Use Improvement

In a multi-institutional study coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found that many veterinarians do not consistently engage in behaviors or practices that are widely deemed protective against the Read More

Understanding and Preventing Catastrophic Injuries

Following the euthanasia of filly Eight Belles, who suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs a quarter mile after finishing second in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, members of every sector of the Thoroughbred industry have banded together to Read More

Researcher Cautions Against High Doses of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is the most commonly supplemented antioxidant in horses. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that is also currently employed in the routine treatment of horses with neurological diseases (affecting the brain and spinal cord).

In response Read More

Link Between Facial Hair Whorls and Horse 'Handedness' Reported

Irish researchers identified a unique link between equine motor laterality, or "handedness," and specific characteristics of facial hair whorls (trichoglyphs): right-handed horses had significantly more clockwise whorls whereas whorls were more Read More

Parasiticidal Resistance Reported in New Study

Kentucky researchers report that roundworms and small strongyles, two common equine intestinal parasites, are developing resistance against most of the commercially available worming products. What's worse, no new drugs against either of these Read More

Vitamin E and Horse Health: Myth or Miracle?

Vitamin E, widely referred to as the Wonder Supplement, might indeed live up to its reputation. According to a recent study, healthy adult horses fed vitamin E had higher concentrations of the vitamin in both blood and cerebrospinal fluid than Read More

Providing Horse Transport Breaks

"Since transport is known to be stressful and few studies have examined the effect of a mid-journey rest, the purpose of this study was to examine if a 12-hour rest and feeding stop during a long journey would impact the horses' immune response," Read More

Risk Factors for Atypical Myopathy

Aggressive research efforts by Belgian veterinarians have culminated in the identification of numerous indicators or factors--including horse management and pasture characteristics--associated with atypical myopathy, a rapidly developing and fatal di Read More

Brain Dysfunction in Cribbing Horses Gives Researchers Something to Chew On

In the first study of its kind, researchers from the United Kingdom have discovered that cribbing horses learn differently than horses that don't crib.

Cribbing is a stereotypy in which a horse grasps an object between his incisor teeth and Read More

Decreasing Risk of Enterolithiasis: Hay Type and Pasture

Too much alfalfa, too little oat and grass hay, and limited access to pasture grazing are important factors that put horses at risk for developing enterolithiasis (intestinal stones that have the potential to cause colic). Read More

Farm Equipment for Large and Small Facilities

From tried and true to novel and exciting, these are the products, services, and techniques that our experts are recommending to facilitate equine management. Read More

Merits of Standing Eye Enucleation Revealed

In the first multi-institutional study of its kind, researchers recently reported that eye enucleation (surgical removal of the eye and associated structures) with the horse standing and sedated is safer and more economical than the traditional Read More

Do Tapeworms Cause Colic? Age-Old Question Remains Unanswered

Further complicating the debate regarding whether or not the equine tapeworm Anoplocephala perfoliata causes colic in horses, Canadian researchers did not find evidence of a significant association between A. perfoliata infection and Read More

Permanent Tracheostomy Safe and Effective in Select Horses

Creating a permanent hole in the windpipe of horses through a tracheostomy might be the treatment of choice. Read More

Understanding Feeds for the Busy Owner

Providing a complete diet for your horse does not have to be time-consuming or expensive. Read More

Oral Joint Supplements for Horses

With scores of oral joint health supplements on the market, how do horse owners know which to buy? This article examines the current state of the equine nutritional supplement industry, and it presents a seven-step "ACCLAIM" approach for horse owners Read More

Ponazuril and EPM: An Ounce of Prevention

Researchers at the University of Florida studying equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) recently found that administering ponazuril once every seven days might prevent EPM caused by Sarcocystis neurona.

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Azithromycin Protects Foals Against R. equi in New Study

Texas A&M researchers have discovered they can reduce the incidence of foal pneumonia caused by Rhodococcus equi by giving the antimicrobial drug azithromycin during foals' first two weeks of life.

Rhodococcus equi (R. Read More

Muscle Disorders in Warmbloods Easily Diagnosed through Biopsy

Owners of Warmbloods with debilitating--or sometimes just plain baffling--muscle disorders can get useful and reliable answers about their horses' conditions through a relatively simple muscle biopsy. So say University of Minnesota researchers, Read More

Heart Murmurs: No Impact on Racing Performance in New Study

According to a group of researchers from the United Kingdom, heart murmurs are common in athletic horses, but do not negatively impact racing performance.

"A high prevalence of heart murmurs is known to exist in horses," explained Lesley Read More