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

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.

Equine protozoal Read More

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

Study: Small Strongyles Developing Resistance to Ivermectin

Researchers in Central Kentucky have suggested that small strongyles might be developing resistance to ivermectin (a commonly administered broad spectrum anti-parasitic drug). The scientists found that the number of parasite eggs in study Read More

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy: Blame It on the Genes

A genetic mutation in an enzyme called muscle glycogen synthase might be responsible for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM)--a debilitating and life-threatening disease in horses characterized by abnormally high glycogen (the storage form of Read More

West Nile Virus 'Hot Spots' Identified in Texas

In a recently published study Texas A&M University veterinarians identified two "hot spots" of West Nile virus (WNV) based on data they collected between 2002 and 2004. One of these spots is in northwestern Texas and the other in an eastern Read More

New Laminitis Treatment Technique: Preliminary Study Performed

The purpose of our study was to determine if plasmid-mediated gene therapy in combination with electroporation was possible in the horse, particularly for the treatment of clinically important diseases such as laminitis. Read More

Virulent Rhodococcus equi in Soil Not an Indicator of Pneumonia Problems

The amount and type of Rhodococcus equi in a farm's soil is not an indicator of an increased likelihood of having foal pneumonia cases caused by this bug, reported researchers from Texas A&M University. Additionally, Read More

Glucosamine and Joint Health: Pharmacologic Research Ongoing

Canadian researchers recently compared the pharmacologic properties of two different forms of glucosamine--hydrochloride and sulphate. They measured significantly higher levels of glucosamine in synovial fluid samples from horses receiving the oral Read More

Fighting Equine Influenza: Winning the Battle but Losing the War?

Over the course of a few short months, the Australian horse flu outbreak cost the country approximately $100 million AU ($92.6 million US) and caused racing, breeding, and other performance horse-related activities to effectively grind to a halt Read More

Tool to Detect Osteoarthritis in Athletic Horses Developed

Italian researchers have devised a novel technique for evaluating osteoarthritis in performance horses via measurement of metabolic products in synovial fluid. They do this by using a specialized imaging technique for liquids known as proto Read More