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Hello. Our dog who was our first child (we are 31 years old

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Hello. Our dog who was our first child (we are 31 years old and married 11years) has terminal cancer. She is an intricate part of our family and truly a member of it. Question is we need some advise on what to do with our 5 year old. She and our dog are together all the time and she is going to be devastated. Our dog has anywhere from a month to max a year to live. How do we break it to her. Now or later?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  proexpert37 replied 5 years ago.
Hello and Thank You for using Just Answer. I am sorry to hear about your dog's illness. The death of a pet is very hard. What you need to do is to tell your daughter now that your dog is very sick and the doctors/vets cannot do anything more to make the dog better. Explain to your daughter that one day soon, the dog will go to sleep and will not wake up. The dog will be ok and not feel any more pain and suffering. If you believe in Heaven, explain that route. Otherwise, have a simple memorial for the dog. Make sure you keep pictures up around the house of the dog. Answer all questions that your daughter will have. Do get another dog but wait at least a year. However, do not wait until the dog passes away to explain what is happening now. She needs to be told now to make sure the times she spends with her dog are truly meaningful now which will also teach her to be more empathetic.

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