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Old 06-11-2015, 08:07 PM
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I have been diagnosed and suffer from anxiety and often have anxiety attacks due to everyday stress-related situations. Especially work. I have been on medication since I was a in grade school. Recently I adopted a dog and it's amazing how much he helps my anxiety. I haven't had an anxiety attack in over a month. Even though my boss already lets me bring him into work with me, I am working on trying to get him to be a Emotional Support dog.

However, I am getting a lot of mixed answers on how to go about making him an Emotional Support dog. I contacted an old friend who has her cat as an emotional support animal and she said all she needed was a Physicians note stating that she is allowed to have her pet as an emotional support animal. With this, I contacted my doctors office and they told me to contact my vet about what all I need to do, however my Physician still wrote me a note. From here, I called my vets office and they said that is something to be done with my Physician. What am I suppose to do?

I looked online and there are so many different websites to pay for registration for your dog but honestly, to me, it seems like they are just websites trying to get your money. How do I know which website to go to and why do the websites have different costs of registration?

All I want is to make sure that I have what I need to be able to bring my dog with me when I need him.

Thank you for taking the time to help me. I really appreciate it!
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There is no registration for service or emotional support animals. They are all scams.

My understanding, and I could be wrong, but you only need a note or "prescription" from your Doctor or psychiatrist stating that the dog is necessary for your emotional well being and thus should be exempt from any no-pet rules for housing and public travel.
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I did some more research and you are absolutely correct. According to scholarly articles and legal documents, all you need is a Physician note explaining. Although they do not need to disclose exactly why you need an emotional support animal, but the benefits to you of having one.

Thank you for taking the time to respond!
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Just a question, don't mean to butt in on your thread, but what does having a Emotional Support Animal entail? Or is it just a title? Thanks!
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Just a question, don't mean to butt in on your thread, but what does having a Emotional Support Animal entail? Or is it just a title? Thanks!
As in what does an ESA do? I don't have much experience with them, but I'd assume they provide therapeutic relief.
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As in what does an ESA do? I don't have much experience with them, but I'd assume they provide therapeutic relief.
Oh I don't mean that. I just mean what makes an ESA different than a normal pet? Are they able to go into certain establishments?
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Oh I don't mean that. I just mean what makes an ESA different than a normal pet? Are they able to go into certain establishments?
An ESA is generally allowed to travel their owner where pets would normally not be allowed. Like flying in the cabin of an airplane, being on a train or bus etc. They are also exempt from "no pet" rules at complexes and rentals. That's pretty much it. Some specific establishments might be happy to make exceptions for an ESA on a case by case basis.

Only service animals are legally required to be allowed in stores, restaurants, movies etc. where pets normally are banned. The difference between an ESA and service dog is the training. For a dog to be a service dog, it must be trained to perform specific tasks that help mitigate a disability. Like retrieving objects, guiding, assisting somebody who falls, finding exits or bathrooms in buildings, applying pressure to calm somebody from a panic attack, alerting to seizures, alerting low blood sugar, etc. Service dogs are essentially medical devices.
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Just a reminder to remember to train your dog well. Working dogs like this need to behave to a reasonable degree if they will always be with you.

It's all good alleviating your anxiety. But let's remember not to increase the anxiety of others.
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