The loss of a pet can be very difficult, especially when someone is older. My mother had her dog for the last 20 years, the dog was very sick with arthritis but my mom took very good care of it. Finally, last year, her dog died, and she was so depressed. We talk to your Doctor About it, and he wanted to put her on antidepressants. I did not want to do that, so I began to look into grief counseling for loss of a pet. I was actually able to find a group of older people that met twice a week to talk about the loss of their pets. I was able to put my mom in that group, and she did wonderful. About two months later I bought my mother a new dog and she absolutely loved it. Losing a pet can be very difficult, but with the help of friends and family, a person can move on.