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

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

Link Between Chronic Pain and Aggression in Horses Identified

Anyone who's suffered from chronic aches and pains will likely say the ever-present irritation can put a damper on their day, possibly even making them cranky. But is the same true for horses? A group of French researchers recently completed a study Read More

Prosthetic Limbs for Horses: A Closer Look

Horses have traditionally been considered obligate four-legged animals; however, the dogma is changing. Read More

Ultrasound Exams for Diagnosing Roaring in Horses

Perhaps your horse's performance is lacking, or maybe he sounds like a freight train as he labors through work. He could be suffering from left recurrent laryngeal neuropathy, commonly known as roaring. But how can you get a diagnosis quickly and Read More

Causes of Sudden Death in Racehorses Examined

Exercise-related sudden deaths in racehorses are uncommon and "poorly understood," noted study researchers. Read More

Saliva vs. Blood for Measuring Equine Stress Levels

What do a horse's stress level and his saliva have in common? Belgian scientists have found testing the former can measure the latter, and they said this saliva assay could become the test of choice for measuring horses' stress. "Cortisol levels are Read More

Limb Amputations in Horses a Valid Consideration (AAEP 2010)

Veterinary students are often taught that dogs are three-legged animals with a spare. It might be surprising to some that the same adage is a suitable description for horses, too. "In horses where conditions exist that prevent the use of traditional Read More

Ultrasound Helpful For Diagnosing Infected Joints in Horses (AAEP 2010)

When a veterinarian suspects a horse's joint is infected, but it is not practical or feasible to obtain a joint fluid sample, he or she should consider using ultrasound to image the joint. Alex Young, BVSc, of the University of California, Davis' Read More

Horse Sedation with an Oral Gel (AAEP 2010)

We've all heard about or witnessed horses that simply refuse to be restrained long enough for the veterinarian to administer a much-needed intravenous sedative. Authors of a recent study suggest that a sedative-containing gel might be just what the Read More

Japan's Nuclear Troubles: What is Radiation's Effect on Horses?

High doses of radiation can lead to radiation sickness in humans, but what types of effects might they have on horses? In the wake of the fourth explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, concerns Read More

Side Effects of Sedative Reversal Agents in Horses (AAEP 2010)

The idea of being able to "unsedate" or "reverse" a sedated horse after minor procedures is a great one, but veterinarians must select their cases carefully and be vigilant about using these drugs properly. Read More