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Dog owners escape New Year’s Eve fireworks

Published torsdag 29 december 2016 kl 16.33
Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever Ronja will be taken to a hotel by her owner this New Year's Eve. Credit: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

A rising number of dog owners choose to take their dogs to a calm place instead of giving sedatives during the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve fireworks can be a major cause for distress for noise-sensitive dogs, but the sale of pet sedatives has gone down in recent years, according to figures from the Apoteket pharmacy. Instead, many dog owners are choosing to take their pooches to noise-free environments like airports, where no fireworks are allowed. 

Many of the pet-friendly hotel rooms in Sweden became fully booked months ago. The ‘dog rooms’ at the Clarion Hotel at Arlanda Airport were booked up as soon as they were made available in February. 

“It’s fascinating to see how a social community is created at the hotel between dog owners who didn’t know each other previously,” Pernilla Johansson, CEO of Clarion Arlanda told TT news agency. 

The dog-friendly rooms at the Sturup Airport hotel in Malmö are also fully booked, with a waiting list. 

“We’ve had to put many on a waiting lists. Some guests even brought their cats,” receptionist Kerstin Lundström told TT. 

The Swedish Kennel Club has called for a complete ban on fireworks sales to individuals. But the fireworks wholesaler Hammargrens Pyroteknik has a different solution: silent fireworks. 

“It’s not completely silent – they do make a bit of sound when they go off. But they don’t give off a bang in the sky,” CEO Pontus Persson at Hammargrens Pyroteknik told Swedish Radio’s local news in Halland. 

Swedish legislation on the use of fireworks is less restrictive than in for instance Norway, where fireworks are permitted only between 6pm on New Year’s Eve and 2am on New Year’s Day.

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