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(The images used in this story are provided by: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department's Facebook page) Many people adopt reptiles as pets in recent years. The Bearded Dragon is among the most popular species. Although they look stony-faced and a bit frightening, they are actually a kind of gentle animal. The way of taking care of a bearded dragon is slightly different from that of a furry pet. Genie will share with you the tips on keeping your bearded dragon! Feeding1) They eat both insects and plant materials.2) Make sure the feed is small in size and pay attention to the quantity fed.3) Foods that are not eaten must be removed daily. Accommodation1) Provide your bearded dragon with a large vivarium.2) There should be a basking area with full spectrum lights with UVB and a cool area that provides hides for the bearded dragon in the vivarium3) Install hygrometers and thermometers in the vivarium to monitor the humidity and temperature and keep them within the required range.4) Line the bottom of the vivarium with newspaper, paper towels or coral sand. Cleaning1) Wash the food and water dishes daily.2) Bearded dragons excrete a lot. Spot clean their home regularly.3) Clean and disinfect the vivarium thoroughly once a month using reptile-safe disinfectant.Interaction1) Bearded dragons can live alone and are best by themselves.2) Once your bearded dragon gets accustomed to you, it actually enjoys sitting on your knee or shoulder.3) Remember to wash your hands immediately and thoroughly with soap and water after contact with reptiles to avoid being infected with Salmonella. For details, please visit the website or Facebook post of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
In response to the public's requests for the LCSD to open parks for them to visit with pets, more than 30 Inclusive Parks for Pets will be opened in various districts to enable park users with or without pets to enjoy park facilities together in an inclusive environment. In all, over 10 Inclusive Parks for Pets are located at promenades or parks nearby to bring vibrancy to the harbourfront areas.What is the difference between “Inclusive Park for Pets” and pet garden?Pet gardens are specifically designed for use by pets and are normally provided with fences and double pet gates to prevent pets from running away. Ancillary facilities normally include dog excreta collection bins/dog latrines, hand-washing facilities. Some venue are even provided with play equipment and drinking fountains for exclusive use by pets as well as amenity lawns, etc.The “Inclusive Parks for Pets” are not specifically designed for use by pets. The design concept is to open up the existing parks for members of the public to visit with their pets. LCSD will provide additional basic ancillary facilities, such as dog excreta collection bin and hand-washing facilities, etc., at the venues for use by members of the public and their pets in light of the actual circumstances and needs. To keep in line with the concept of enabling the shared use of park facilities among different users, members of the public are required to keep their pets on a leash and under proper control in the venues so as to avoid causing nuisance to other users.Users’ Code for “Inclusive Park for Pets”(I) Keep your dog on a leash.(II) Make sure your pet is kept under proper control and effectively restrained from causing nuisance or danger to other people or pets.(III) Clean up the faeces of pets.(IV) Keep the environment clean and hygienic.For the locations of “Inclusive Parks for Pets”, please visit LCSD website, or download the list of venues.
Before getting a pet, answer the below questions, "Yes" or "NO"? 1) Are you allowed to keep a pet in the place you live in? If you are getting a dog, make sure it won’t bark frequently as this might disturb your neighbours. Remember to be considerate at all times by abiding by the law, cleaning up after your pets and control your pets properly in public places so that they won’t cause nuisances to others. (*The Subsidised Housing Committee of the Housing Authority endorsed at its meeting on 25 September 2003 to uphold the ban on dogs in public housing estates. Therefore, all public housing estates in Hong Kong do not allow the keeping of dogs. Many private housing estates also ban the keeping of dogs or other pets.) 2) Is your home spacious enough for keeping a pet? Make sure your home has enough space for the pet to move around freely and the environment is pet friendly. The space requirement for keeping different species of animals is different. Large dogs may require more space to run around while cats or other small mammals may not need as much. 3) Do all your family members agree to have a pet? If there are kids or elderly people in your home, you should consider the size and energy level of the pet. Chinchillas, hamsters and rabbits are very delicate, kids might not know how to handle these animals with care and might accidentally injure them. Large-sized dogs might accidentally knock down elderly people. 4) Are you prepared to take care of a pet for its entire life? Some pets such as rabbits need their cages cleaned more than once per day and long-haired pets require regular grooming such as brushing and trimming. Dogs require walking and company. Learn as much as you can about the pet’s needs before getting one. Some pets also require regular health checks and vaccinations, you should be prepared to bring them to a vet for regular checkups. When your pet is sick, you should also bring it to a vet for treatment and provide adequate care. 5) Do you have time to take care of a pet? Depending on the type of pet you get, the cost of keeping different pets can vary. It is advisable to consult a pet store or seek advice from existing pet owners about the estimated cost of keeping a certain type of pet. 6) Can you afford to keep a pet? Depending on the type of pet you get, the cost of keeping different pets can vary. It is advisable to consult a pet store or seek advice from existing pet owners about the estimated cost of keeping a certain type of pet. Please think carefully before getting a pet, make sure you are committed to your pet for the rest of its life. Never buy or adopt a pet on impulse, many pets are abandoned because the owners could not commit. Please visit AFCD website for more details.