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How to explain pet's death to a three year old?

When my grandchild was 3, one of my dogs died. Before that, they would play with the dog at my home, and when we video chatted, they would ask to see him, which of course I would do. So they were very ...
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4-year old unconcerned about pending death of pet

Given what a typical 4 year old knows about death, it most likely means nothing, as painful as it may have sounded to you. You know about suffering and death; she does not, especially if she has never ...
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How to explain pet's death to a three year old?

This year has been hard for our family because we've had to put down both our dog and one of our cats due to issues of advanced age. I had expected that explaining it to my kids (daughter's 5 and son'...
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How to accustom a 10 month old baby to interacting with pets?

The trick in my experience is carefully monitoring and assisting in the interaction to keep everyone safe and calm. I've done this with my niece and currently with my little one. I will sit with the ...
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What to do about a 4 year old abusing animals?

I'm not a doctor of any kind. even "obvious" answers shouldn't be withheld. Torturing animals is often a sign of serious psychopathic personality disorders. This point is made clear in every ...
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What are possible risks to a child's health from having an indoor cat?

Most kids will be just fine - in fact, you may lower their risks of allergies. An outdoor cat is actually more of a health hazard than an indoor cat, because they have access to wild prey which can ...
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Our hamster died, and witnessed by our child. How to communicate with/support her?

My daughter helped deliver kittens from a pregnant cat when she was that age. Unfortunately out of 7 only two were alive. This was the perfect time for her to start to learn about death in my eyes. ...
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How to explain pet's death to a three year old?

Indeed, a child of 3 is incapable of understanding the concept of death. When children really begin to grasp such concepts depends on whom you ask - usually it is associated with development of ...
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Which breeds of dog are safe to have around a toddler?

It depends more on the individual dog and child than the dog's breed. With that said, I'd recommend a large breed dog. Because they're so big, most large breeds have been selected for extremely ...
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