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

Researchers Examine Link Between Obesity, Laminitis, and EMS

Is inflammation involved in chronic laminitis development in horses with equine metabolic syndrome? Read More

Shock Wave Therapy and PSGAGs: Effects on Arthritis

Researchers recently investigated how certain arthritic joint tissues respond to treatments such as shock wave Read More

Understanding Growth Factors in Regenerative Medicine

A better understanding of the growth factors require for tissue healing could enhance stem cells' efficacy. Read More

Optimize Platelet-Rich Plasma for Best Results

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is becoming a common regenerative medical therapy for treating a wide range of Read More

NDM-1: A New Superbug?

New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) is an enzyme capable of neutralizing antibiotics. Researchers have Read More

Adverse Reactions to Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is one of the most discussed regenerative therapies in the horse health community today, and Read More

Study Examines Stem Cells' Efficacy in Racehorses

A published study examining the effects of stem cell therapy in superficial digital flexor tendinopathy. Read More

Blood Test Could Predict Intestinal Obstructions

The blood level of a specific enzyme could indicate a strangulated intestine at presentation, allowing quicker Read More

Vapocoolant Spray Reduces Joint Injection Pain

Applying a vapocoolant spray before joint injections appears to decrease anticipation of pain and actual pain Read More

Researchers Explore Treating Arthritis at Molecular Level

Researchers are examining a promising genetic lab approach to curing osteoarthritis (OA) in horses. Read More

Monitoring and Preventing Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

Prevention and monitoring strategies for equine proliferative enteropathy, a disease that affects weanlings Read More

Researchers Evaluate Steps for Diagnosing Cushing's Disease

A team of researchers recently determined what they believe to be the ideal first step for diagnosing PPID Read More

Equine Proliferative Enteropathy: A Growing Concern

Equine proliferative enteropathy, a gastrointestinal disease of foals and weanlings that's increasing in Read More

Blister Beetles: Deadly in Horse Hay

Owners should be aware of a potentially fatal tagalong in healthy-looking alfalfa hay: blister beetles. Read More

Regenerative Medicine

Stem cell and other regenerative medical technologies aren't as implausible or far-fetched as they once seemed Read More

Researcher: Current Equine Flu Vaccines Effective Against Foreign Strains

As international horse transport becomes more widespread, some owners might wonder if the same equine influenza vaccines designed to protect horses from common domestic strains of the disease will also shield them from foreign strains they might Read More

Commentary: Nutritional Supplements for Horses: Where's the Science?

Many owners don't think twice before feeding their horses nutritional supplements touted to solve issues ranging from metabolic and joint problems to insect control and behavioral vices. But in many cases the science behind the powders, pellets, and Read More

Researchers Examine the Secret Life of Equine Embryos

A mare's pregnancy might not seem that complicated on the surface, but her relationship with the embryo and its adjacent parts--in total, the conceptus--is remarkably complex. In order to prevent early embryonic loss, the conceptus must interrupt her Read More

New Strain of Bacterium Identified in a Mare

Depending on a mare's reproductive conformation and breeding history, she could have any number of bad bugs in her reproductive tract that might hinder conception. As if there weren't enough bacteria to worry about, a research team in Germany has Read More

Still Little Information on Southern Tornadoes' Impact on Area Equines

More than 24 hours after the tornado outbreak touched the South, there was still little news about the twisters' impact on horses residing in the affected areas. Read More

Thoroughbred "Performance Genes" Further Examined in Study

The genetics behind the athletic performance of Thoroughbred racehorses has been a popular area of research in the past few years. A large-scale study was carried out recently in Japan, the results of which corroborate those of previous studies: Read More

Too Early to Establish Impact of Southern Tornadoes on Horses

Something wicked this way came--a tornado outbreak involving more than 160 individual tornadoes, touching down from Mississippi all the up the East Coast. So far, at least 200 people are reported dead, the majority in Alabama. At present, the Read More

Improve Equine Small Intestine Ultrasounds: Try Oil and Fasting (AAEP 2010)

The equine gastrointestinal system is extensive, with the small intestine measuring 70 feet in length alone. Because the small intestine coils throughout the abdomen, diagnosing a specific lesion in the small intestine is extremely challenging for Read More

Equine Pythiosis: Unsightly, Deadly, and Spreading

If your horse doesn't live in a tropical or subtropical region, you've most likely never had to worry about equine pythiosis, a relatively rare and sometimes fatal skin infection that causes tumorlike masses and ulcerated lesions in horses. But Read More

Potential Vitamin K Supplement Eyed for Equine Bone Health

A particular form of vitamin K could be a potential candidate for increasing equine bone density while decreasing breakdown. However, veterinarians caution that this is not a viable supplementation route to pursue until further research on the effect Read More