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

Horse Colic Prognosis Using Blood Lactate Levels (AAEP 2010)

Monitoring lactate levels in samples of peritoneal fluid, the fluid surrounding and lubricating the abdominal organs, can help a veterinarian predict which colicky horses require surgery. John G. Peloso, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, presented a study on Read More

Treating Severe Forelimb Pain With a Continuous Nerve Blockade (AAEP 2010)

Veterinarians can reduce a horse's severe forelimb pain by administering a continuous, low-dose infusion of the local anesthetic bupivacaine, but this method is not suitable for every case, according to researchers from Cornell University's College Read More

Colic Surgery and Intestinal Lubricants (AAEP 2010)

Colicky horses that undergo exploratory surgery and are ultimately diagnosed with an ileal impaction appear to benefit from a single injection of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) into the ileum to resolve the problem, according to veterinarians from Read More

Comparing Bute and Firocoxib Safety (AAEP 2010)

The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) firocoxib had fewer side effects than phenylbutazone in horses after 42 days of treatment, according to scientists from Merial Limited who presented comparative research results at the 2010 Convention Read More

Insulin Doping in Horses: New Test Developed

A test able to detect even the smallest amount of insulin in horse urine has recently been developed to aid in the detection of insulin doping in racehorses, according to a group of researchers from the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Racing laboratory.
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Heart Disease Blood Test in Horses: Effective and Useful (AAEP 2010)

If a veterinarian suspects heart disease in a horse, running a cardiac troponin I (cTnI) blood test can expedite a diagnosis, according to a team of Cornell University veterinary researchers. Cardiac troponin I is an excellent marker for injury to Read More

R. Equi: The Hunt for New Antibiotics Continues (AAEP 2010)

It isn't for lack of effort that the equine industry still doesn't have new options for treating Rhodococcus equi pneumonia in foals. "To date, alternatives to macrolides for effective treatment of R. equi pneumonia in foals have not been identified Read More

Digital Photos Assist in Treating the Equine Eye (AAEP 2010)

Ann E. Dwyer, DVM, says that the most basic point-and-shoot digital camera is an "invaluable tool for documenting and following a variety of ophthalmic problems such as those affecting the orbit, eyelids, cornea, iris, and lens of the equine eye." Read More

Colic Surgery Closures: Sutures or Staples? (AAEP 2010)

Customarily, veterinarians close the intestinal wall following colic surgery in horses using either sutures or staples. But which is best? According to Julie Rosser, DVM, it's a tie: Staples are just as effective as the traditional method of Read More

Avoiding Respiratory Problems in Anesthetized Horses (AAEP 2010)

Letting 'sleeping horses lie' may not be the best thing when they're anesthetized, according to John A. E. Hubbell, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA (anesthesiology), professor of veterinary anesthesiology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Read More

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