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

New EPM Research Sheds Light on Spread of Causative Parasite

After years of studying equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), a serious neurological disease in horses, scientists have mapped the first steps in the migratory path of Sarcocystis neurona--the chief parasitic cause of EPM.

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Test Suggests Ubiquitous Herpesvirus Strains Play Role in Abortion

Researchers from France have determined equine herpesvirus (EHV)-2 and -5 might play a small role in equine abortion. They used a sensitive and rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test--one that can identify sections of viral DNA--in their Read More

Early Exercise and Future Tendon Health

Tendon injuries are an important cause of wastage in athletic horses, particularly (when injuries occur in) energy storing tendons--such as the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT)--which act like springs to contribute to movement. Read More

Study Links New Risk Factors to EPM Infection

Results from a recent study on equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)--a progressive neurological disease--identified three factors that increase a horse's risk of infection: living with cats, use for Western performance or racing, and age Read More

Study: Light-Colored Horses at Higher Risk of Dying from West Nile Virus

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada, recently published a study indicating that light-colored horses diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV) might be more likely to succumb to the disease than their Read More

FDA Dietary Supplement Rule Not Applicable to Veterinary Products

Scientific studies performed over the past decade have demonstrated the widespread availability of poor quality and potentially unsafe dietary supplements for both human and animal consumption. These include supplements that:

New Variables Identified as West Nile Risk Factors

Based on a recent retrospective study performed at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada, three major risk factors that are completely outside of a horse owner's control contribute to the mortality rate of West Nile Read More

Topical Gel for Bacterial Skin Infections Could Be 'Spot On'

Florida researchers reported that equine bacterial skin infections could be effectively treated with a topical "spot-on" gel instead of the traditional labor-intensive shampoos and long-term oral antibiotics.

Bacterial skin infections are Read More

Scientists Use Tissue Matrix for Damaged Ligament Reconstruction

Researchers from The Ohio State University recently reported that a new ligament reconstruction technique involving a tissue matrix product permits early ligament healing and helps to stabilize the damaged joint.

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Laminitis Pain Might Originate from Different Source

Scottish researchers have discovered that neuropathic pain--damage to the sensory neurons innervating the foot--might play an import role in the chronic pain experienced by laminitic horses.

This finding could explain why horses with Read More

Insulin Levels Might Help Measure Likelihood of Laminitis

Researchers have found that administering fructan carbohydrates or dexamethasone might be a useful method to identify ponies at risk of developing laminitis. Their report was recently published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Read More

Lawsonia Infections: An Emerging Problem

Over the past decade, Lawsonia intracellularis, the bacterium responsible for proliferative enteropathy (a spreading disease of the intestines), has been diagnosed with Read More

Study: Prebiotics Might Help Prevent Digestive Upset

Prebiotics, such as short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides, are specially fermented compounds that alter the composition and/or activity of gastrointestinal bacteria and microflora to ameliorate the health of the host. Until now, only a limited Read More

High Blood Sugar Levels and Colic: A Sickeningly Sweet Combination

According to a recent study, approximately 50% of horses with acute abdominal disease also have hyperglycemia--an elevated level of blood glucose--which is associated with a poor prognosis for survival. This knowledge could lead veterinarians to Read More

Progesterone Test Makes Reproductive Management Less of a Nightmare

New research has revealed that a commercially available progesterone test is reliable and practical, and it can help veterinarians manage breeding mares more efficiently.

According to researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Read More

Researchers Itching to Find New Equine Skin Allergy Tests

Researchers are trying to find better ways to test for skin hypersensitivities in horses for improved relief. Read More

Tilt Tables Help Horses Recover from Anesthetic

To use a tilt table, a horse recovering from anesthesia is restrained to the top of the table--which is generally hydraulic--in lateral recumbency (down and on his side). The table is slowly tilted upright as the horse returns to consciousness Read More

Dental Dilemmas: Cheek Tooth Fractures, Treatment Characterized

Cheek teeth fractures can lead to a number of unpleasant problems in the horse, from chewing discomfort to bad breath, and they tend to show up most often in the upper jaw. Sometimes these fractures can even go undetected, say Read More

Unilateral Castration in Horses Contraindicated and Costly

Unilaterally castrating horses (removing only one testicle), often as a result of failure to identify cryptorchidism prior to commencing a surgical castration, is an expensive and unethical procedure that continues to occur too frequently, Read More

Ice Formation Not to Blame for Loss of Viability in Preserved Equine Sperm

Loss of spermatozoa viability following cryopreservation, historically attributed to the formation of intracellular ice, is now believed to be a result of an osmotic imbalance during thawing. Osmotic imbalances result in the movement Read More

Equine Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Isolated; Suitable for Variety of Uses

Stem cells have been isolated successfully from the equine umbilical cord. Once collected, these cells (referred to as umbilical cord matrix cells) can then be preserved frozen, cultured, and differentiated into a host of cell lines, Read More

Horses with Septic Arthritis Can Be Monitored Via Synovial Fluid Analysis

Synovial fluid analysis, including evaluation of white blood cell counts and matrix metalloproteinases -2 and -9 (which degrade articular cartilage), can be employed to monitor effect of treatment and predict survival in horses with septic Read More

Unacceptably High Fungal Levels Identified in Horse Feeds

High levels of fungal species and mycotoxins (the toxins produced by some fungi) have been identified in equine feeds. This contamination can result in nutrient losses from the food, and it can negatively impact the health and productivity of Read More

Scientific Review Reports Pros and Cons of Equine Herbal Supplements

According to a recent scientific review, there is only limited evidence supporting the administration of herbal supplements in horses, despite their widespread use in the industry. Further, adverse events associated with herbal supplementation Read More

Study: Blood Test More Accurate than Fecal Analysis for Detecting Equine Tapeworms

Researchers identified higher serum antibody levels against the equine tapeworm, Anoplocephala perfoliata, in horses with colic compared to horses without colic in a study conducted by Maarten Boswinkel DVM, Specialist KNMvD Equine Read More