Every athlete should be aware of what goes into their sled dogs and most importantly, what is allowed to be given to them.
For instance, the greyhound racing vets normally test for around 1500 substances which shows that many medicines as well as additives can affect performance and so it is important to know what to avoid.
The drugs listed below are the IFSS prohibited substances:
You can read more about IFSS drug-testing from this link
List of prohibited substances at all times in and out of competition:
• anabolic steroids and anabolic agents
• hormones and related substances and their releasing factors other than as noted in the controlled list
• hormone antagonist and modulators and related substances other than those notes in the controlled list
• beta antagonists
• diuretics and other masking agents
• substances that have the same effects as those listed herein
Methods prohibited at all times:
• enhancement of oxygen transfer (blood doping)
• chemical or physical manipulation destined to alter the integrity of samples
• intravenous infusions are prohibited except during survival procedures/ medical emergencies or clinical investigations
• gene doping
• force feeding, use of stomach tube, drenching to force food or fluids
Substances prohibited during competitions:
• cough suppressants
• GI motility modifiers
• muscle relaxants
• sedatives and narcotics
• substances having the same effect as those listed herein
Methods prohibited during competition:
• injections of any substance
Any product stated as being "natural" and not normally considered as a medicine may give a positive result and lead to a fine. At the link above is a PDF that you can download called "A guide to supplements and medications".
Please keep records of all products/medicines that you give to your dogs for at least 12 months. This information can be requested by the anti-doping committee at any time.
Controlled drugs are a class of medicines that could be allowed depending on the circumstances. If your dog is being treated with an antibiotic for example, you must get your vet to fill in the appropriate form (veterinary form 1) and this must be handed to the race veterinarian prior to the event. The dog will be examined and the decision to allow to race will be made by the vet. There are also exceptions to hormonal treatment and if you have a hypothyroid dog on treatment, he/she is allowed to race as long as the vet is able to see his/ her blood test results, in this case a veterinary form 2 would be needed. The veterinary forms and a more detailed explanation can be found at the above link.
If you have any questions please contact me via email
Bethan Fitzgerald MRCVS