Greyhound Racing and Steroids: Who Knew?by Karyn Zoldan on Sep. 02, 2012, under Animal News, Greyhounds, Pet Health & Safety
In this KGUN segment, the general manager of Tucson Greyhound Park says that steroids are used for birth control. Is there some kind of frat house down at TGP that we don’t know about?
Who knew? According to the Pack Mentality Blog, “Why didn’t Barry Bonds think of that? – ‘Hey, I was just trying to not have any more kids. It wasn’t to hit more home runs.’”
If that’s the case, maybe parents of teenage daughters with raging hormones should shoot them up with steroids along with the HPV (cervical cancer) vaccine.
According to the segment, the GM denied that the drug is used for any kind of performance enhancement, and added that the same method is also used on show dogs, and for the same reason: birth control only.
Show dogs are not shot up on a regular schedule like race dogs. Dogs at Tucson Greyhound Park are allegedly shot up with steroids once a month for their entire racing careers starting at one year old until they retire. Some dogs are still racing at 4 to 5 years old. One female just retired one month shy of six years old.
According to the PAW BLOG re estrus: Is it possible to prevent my dog from going into heat?
“There are drugs that can suppress the heat cycle. However, in most cases the benefit of the bitch skipping a season is outweighed by the many adverse side effects that occur with such drugs. Because of the serious health effects of drugs used to prevent heat, most veterinarians will suggest keeping the bitch locked up for the 2-3 weeks of her season, rather than risk her health.”
Most veterinarians except the ones that work at the dog track in South Tucson.