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

Horses with Pneumonia Benefit from New Form of Ceftiofur (AAEP 2010)

A new sustained release formulation of the antibiotic ceftiofur, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in horses with pneumonia, makes treating affected foals easier."The bacterium Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus Read More

Treating Guttural Pouches in Foals: An Easier Way (AAEP 2010)

Instead of operating on a foal with guttural pouch tympany, veterinarians should consider placing a flexible tube through the opening of his guttural pouch(es) via the nasal passage, according to a veterinarian from Auburn University. Read More

Infectious Respiratory Disease: PCR Testing Suggested (AAEP 2010)

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a fast, accurate, quick, and easy testing method to diagnose pathogens associated with equine upper respiratory tract infections, and researchers on a recent study recommended that veterinarians pursue PCR in cases Read More

Anesthesia for Donkeys vs. Horses (AAEP 2010)

"Donkeys are becoming more common patients for equine veterinarians, and although it is tempting to treat a donkey like a horse, there are important differences regarding patient handling and drug dosages," cautioned Lori Bidwell, DVM, of Lexington Read More

A Chip Off the Old Block: Equine Cloning

In this article we'll explore how horses are cloned, why this process is becoming increasingly popular, how closely cloned offspring resemble the original animals, and potential perils and pitfalls. Read More

Mare Reproductive Health Gets Help From Newly FDA-Approved Drug

After years of intensive research, a product called SucroMate has achieved the coveted status of FDA-approved for reproductive health in mares. This is no easy feat as only two veterinary drugs obtained FDA approval in 2010. SucroMate is licensed to Read More

Equine Navicular Disease

The navicular bone, a small, boat-shaped bone nestled deep in the protective womb of the hoof, only measures approximately 6 cm wide and 2 cm deep (top to bottom) in an average 1,200-pound horse, so how can such a small bone be such a nuisance? Read More

XY Sex Reversal in Horses: The Genes Behind the Switch

Veterinary researchers have taken a leap forward in explaining XY sex reversal, the most common equine sex chromosome abnormality. A team of scientists from the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center and the College of Veterinary Read More

Genetic Mutation Caused Nonhereditary White Coat Color Pattern

Researchers recently discovered a new genetic mutation in a Thoroughbred foal that was born with large portions of nonpigmented skin. Whether another horse with the the same rare mutation will be born is unknown, but the discovery has fueled Read More

Tying-Up in Thoroughbreds: Narrowing the Genetic Search

Researchers suspect tying-up in horses is a heritable condition; however, they have yet to determine the gene--or genes--responsible. But a team of Japanese researchers recently moved the investigation forward with a groundbreaking study of affected Read More

Surgical Methods for Angular Limb Deformities Assessed (AAEP 2010)

Angular limb deformities (ALDs) of the carpus (knee) are a common problem in foals and yearlings, and researchers have narrowed the surgical treatment options down to the two that present the best results. Eric R. Carlson, DVM, an equine surgery Read More

Navicular Disease: Researchers Identify Potential Genes Involved

A team of German researchers might have pinpointed the genes responsible in part for the development of navicular disease as the result of a study of Hanoverian Warmbloods. Read More

Genetics of Swayback in Saddlebred Horses Examined

The gene responsible for causing the swaybacked appearance of many American Saddlebred horses might be playing an advanced game of "hide and go seek," but genetic researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center are one step Read More

Recent Advances in Equine Genetics Highlighted in Special Publication

A 207-page report in Animal Genetics showcases the most recent advances in equine genetics, with contributions from some of the most distinguished geneticists in medicine.

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Australian Horse Deaths Under Investigation

According to a news story originally posted by British magazine Horse and Hound, the deaths of 40 horses--which occurred between March and June--residing on five different farms in Queensland, Australia, remain under investigation. Read More

Holiday Cheer for Horses in Need Provided by Canadian Companies

This holiday season Canadian horse lovers can help feed hungry horses by doing something horse lovers to do: shop!

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Improving Gastrointestinal Tract Healing in Horses after Colic

Cutting-edge research conducted on microscopic tunnels in horses' intestinal walls has revealed that these channels play a key role in helping intestines heal after life-threatening colic episodes.

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New Stem Cell Technology Offers Promise to Lame and Injured Horses

In the not-so-distant future, researchers believe they will be able to genetically modify stem cells to create a "vaccine," so to speak, to treat a large number of musculoskeletal and other disorders in both humans and horses. Read More

NSAIDs Help Pain But Not Bone Healing

Imagine sustaining a fracture or undergoing orthopedic surgery and being prescribed a drug that helps control pain and inflammation. This medication is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). But there is a catch: the drug that helps control Read More

Neurologic Side Effects of Common Antibiotic Combo Noted in Case Review

Neurologic signs observed in horses undergoing treatment with the commonly used antibiotic combination of trimethoprim (TMP) and sulfonamide have prompted researchers to warn veterinarians and owners about this potential side effect. Read More

Horses' Behavior and Welfare Negatively Impacted by Low-Fiber Diets

Despite the fact that horses evolved on a forage-based diet that is high in fiber and low in calories, some horse owners and trainers just can't resist feeding a low-fiber, calorie-dense diet. Read More

Dietary Supplementation Helps Obese Insulin-Resistant Horses

Overweight, insulin-resistant horses might need a special dietary supplement called short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS), which are short chains of sugar molecules linked together. Read More

Remember Fallen Horses on Veterans' Day

This Veterans Day, spare a few extra seconds to remember the countless number of horses that lost their lives in combat alongside the brave men and women who served their nations. Read More

The War On Microbes (Emerging Equine Diseases)

In the face of potentially disastrous global warming events, pathogenic microscopic organisms appear to be on a mission to impact the surviving species. Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites are rapidly adapting to Read More

EIA 'Research Horse' Scheduled to be Euthanized

In a Sept. 20 press release from American Veterinary Medical Frontiers Inc. (AVMF), details regarding "Nora," a "healthy, well-cared-for, friendly horse," according to the press release that was bred by Robert J. Tashjian, V Read More