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

Control Placentitis to Minimize Late-Term Abortion Chances

Veteran broodmares are at risk of placentitis, partly due to anatomic changes from previous foalings. Read More

Causes of Red Urine in Horses Reviewed

Exercise-associated hematuria, urethral tears, and idiopathic renal hematuria are three less common causes. Read More

Managing Neck and Back Pain in Sport Horses

A thorough physical examination and tailored therapeutic approach can help relieve equine neck and back pain. Read More

Does Equine Hoof Shape Have an Effect on Soundness?

Certain hoof characteristics can be associated with chronic lameness, while others point to a sound horse. Read More

Diagnosis and Treatment of Kidney Diseases in Horses

Acute kidney injury, or compromised renal function, is often reversible if treated appropriately and promptly. Read More

Supplementation Strategies for Performance Horses

Performance horses need customized diets to meet their energy requirements, as hay alone likely won't suffice. Read More

Controlling Reproductive Behavior in Performance Mares

This must be broached delicately so it is reversible and doesn't impart any detrimental effects on fertility. Read More

Dysphagia in Horses Difficult to Diagnose

There are more than 100 possible causes for dysphagia--the inability to swallow--in horses. Read More

Top 5 Horse Health Resolutions to Keep in 2012

Find out if your horse health resolutions made's top five New Year's resolutions. Read More

Understanding Epigenetics & Early Equine Fetal Development

Epigenetics explains inherited traits that might skip a generation or appear spontaneously. Read More

Human Behavior Changes Necessary to Improve Equine Welfare

Most welfare problems--which arise if "freedoms" are denied--are directly due to human behavior problems. Read More

Understanding Atypical Myopathy

Atypical myopathy--a sudden onset of acute muscle pain and damage--is related to pasture rather than exercise. Read More

One-Sided Runny Nose: Is Sinusitis to Blame?

Though there are many causes of runny noses in horses, one-sided nasal discharge is often caused by sinusitis. Read More

Diagnosing Equine Ataxia: Go Back to Basics

Go back to basics to understand what ataxia is and how to diagnose the cause for ataxia in affected horses. Read More

Challenges in Hydrating and Balancing Equine Electrolytes

Horses do not have the same drive to drink while competing as humans, one researcher explained. Read More

Not all Equine Heart Abnormalities are Abnormal

While some equine heart problems can be life- or career-threatening others typically don't impact performance. Read More

Practical Tips for Managing Obese Horses and Ponies

The ideal way to manage an obese horse or pony is to prevent it from becoming obese in the first place. Read More

Equine Infectious Disease Control in Developing Countries

Disease control in developing countries must be cost-effective, practical, and acceptable to livestock owners. Read More

Gastric Ulcer Supplements for Horses Evaluated

Researchers noted no significant effects of treating horses with an anti-ulcerogenic supplement. Read More

Understanding Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can't be ignored, as it negatively impacts both a horse's physiology and his mental health. Read More

The Science Behind Rehab Therapy

In the right hands, these physical therapy methods can help rehabilitate injured horses. Read More

Joint Infection Risk and Other 2011 Sports Medicine Studies

One study evaluated the effects of needle size and clipping hair on debris found in joints after injection. Read More

Pay Homage to War Horses This Veteran's Day

Like many of our own ancestors, horses had no choice when they were called upon to serve in the World Wars. Read More

Neck, Back Mobilization Help Treat Equine Back Pain

Research has shown that performing carrot stretches can strengthen the muscles that stabilize a horse's back. Read More

Leg Weights Help Rehabilitate Hind Limb Gait Issues

Bracelets and leg weights strengthen and activate certain muscles to help improve hind end gait abnormalities. Read More