Random testing in the past 20 years came with cocaine positive tests more than 230 times for racing dogs in Florida. The Racing Laboratory at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine has done more than 700 000 random urine tests on the same day as the race, since 1998. Among the forbidden substances found in the tested urine samples were cocaine, benzoylecgonine, and ecgonine methyl ester. The total number of positive test is probably higher than the official numbers.

Cocaine gives racing dogs a certain edge in racing, but the attorneys of their trainers say that the dogs might have got exposed through “cross-contamination from human drug use around the dogs”.

Dr.Vickory, from the Department of Physiological Sciences at the University of Florida, says that cocaine has a similar effect on dogs as it has on humans. That includes increased awareness, increased bpm, high blood pressure and blood flow thus higher oxygenation delivery to the muscles.

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