Dr. Stacey Oke, Author at Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Survey: Two-Thirds Of Vets Concerned About Injecting Horses’ Joints Too Frequently

Joint inflammation and osteoarthritis (OA) are common in athletic horses, frequently resulting in lameness, poor performance, and economic losses. Veterinarians can provide symptomatic relief from joint discomfort caused by OA via intra-articular injections using a variety of medications. Examples include corticosteroids (e.g., triamcinolone acetate, methylprednisolone acetate), hyaluronic acid, polysulfated glycosaminoglyans, and various biologic therapies, such […]

Feed The Intestinal Microbiome, Not The Racehorse

As elite athletes, racehorses have extremely high energy demands. This means they need a lot of calories every day to maintain body weight/condition and fuel their hard-working bodies. In addition to copious quantities of high-quality forage (hay), high-energy concentrates (nonstructural carbohydrates or NSC) and oil help fill the void. “The higher the horse’s energy demand, […]

Why Do Veterinarians Use Bisphosphonates Off Label?

Veterinarians can legally administer tiludronate to young Thoroughbreds, but should we? Tiludronate disodium (Tildren) is one of two Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved bisphosphonate drugs “For the control of clinical signs associated with navicular syndrome in horses.” As we know, young Thoroughbred racehorses rarely suffer navicular syndrome, yet tiludronate can be found in the trucks […]

Anti-inflammatory Supplements Are Supposed To Reduce Need For Drugs, But Do They Carry The Same Ulcer Risk In Horses?

Thoroughbreds receive a plethora of nutritional supplements smattered on their feed making their buckets look like a child’s cereal bowl after they’re finished adding spoonfuls of sugar. Given how sensitive a Thoroughbred’s stomach can be and their propensity to develop equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), anti-inflammatory supplements must be used with caution. Louisiana State University […]

Seeing Reduced Performance In Your Racehorse? Study Suggests Switching To Steamed Hay Or Haylage Could Help

Pinpointing the cause of poor performance in athletic horse is often a challenge. If it turns out there could be a respiratory cause, then mild equine asthma (EA) could be to blame. Luckily, the common saying that “prior preparation prevents poor performance” can be taken to heart in such situations. While hay steamers have been […]

Study: This Type Of Bone Lesion May Not Be A Reason To Turn A Sales Yearling Down

Subchondral cystic lesions (SCLs) in the distal (lower) aspect of a yearling’s cannon bone occur relatively infrequently. Nonetheless, these lesions will most likely raise eyebrows if found on a yearling’s pre-sale radiographs. Research shows that bone cysts occurring in this location do not necessarily need to spur a frantic phone call to the local equine […]

Here’s What To Keep In Mind When Giving Your Horse Omeprazole For Gastric Ulcers

Thoroughbreds and gastric ulcers go together like a picnic and ants. Medications like omeprazole can effectively help treat or prevent gastric ulceration and has important welfare benefits, making these drugs extremely popular in the racing industry. However, the benefits of omeprazole may be overshadowed by some potential drawbacks that may dampen its use in some […]

Kissing Spines: What Is It, And Why Does It Seem Like It’s Everywhere?

The seemingly innocent term “kissing spines” actually refers to a potentially painful, performance limiting condition of the equine back. While kissing spines (impinging spinous processes) may seem like a diagnosis du jour, garnering only intermittent fad-like attention, Sue Dyson, an internationally renowned equine lameness expert, says this back problem occurs quite commonly in young, fit […]

What Makes A Positive Test: An Explanation Behind The Figures And Thresholds

Positive post-race tests have long been a source of fascination and discussion for horsemen, veterinarians, and fans of racing. But for those of us without an advanced chemistry degree, it can sometimes be unclear what those tests are meant to look for, and what makes a test “positive.” Veterinarians administer medications to Thoroughbreds in accordance […]

Can Diet Coke Really Treat Colic? Veterinarian Says His Viral Social Media Post Isn’t Meant To Answer The Question Simply

Old wives’ tales spread as rapidly through the equine community as a wildfire during a dry, hot summer. One of the latest rumors to gain momentum fueled by the so-called power of social media involves drenching horses with Diet Coke to cure colic. Dr. Oliver Liyou, a veterinarian and Director at Equine Veterinary and Dental […]