Your pet already provides you with companionship, as well as the support you need for your anxiety, depression, or other mental health issue, but you’d like to make it official. If you’re looking to get your pet formally recognized as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) you may be wondering exactly how to do it. Many people don’t realize that there is no official registry for emotional support animals and that all you need is an official ESA letter from a mental healthcare provider or doctor. However, this letter must meet specific requirements and be written by a licensed healthcare or mental healthcare provider.
Your first instinct may be to go to your primary care provider or mental healthcare provider to obtain such a letter. Unfortunately, even if your provider is amenable to writing an ESA letter for you, they may be unfamiliar with the formatting of ESA letters. This could potentially result in your provider inadvertently writing you a letter that may not be accepted as a valid ESA certification for your pet. This route also involves setting aside time out of your busy schedule, as well as copays, office visit fees, and potentially even a fee some offices charge for filling out paperwork or writing letters. Furthermore, if the letter your provider produces isn’t valid, you may have to repeat the process all over again!
Fortunately, there are many online services that enable you to quickly and easily obtain a valid ESA letter for your companion. However, not all of these services are created equal, and you need to be on the lookout for misleading websites that will happily take your money without actually providing you with what you need to obtain ESA certification for your pet. Beware of services that claim to place your pet on a national “ESA registry,” as no such official registry exists, nor is it a requirement for ESA certification for your companion. Remember: your ESA letter for your pet must be written by a licensed medical or mental health professional! Lastly, an ESA letter must follow a particular format and include specific information about the purpose of the letter, whether it be ESA approval for travel or for housing. If a letter does not include necessary information, it likely will not be accepted.
Support Pets is the quick and easy way to obtain ESA certification for your pet. They have licensed medical doctors in your state available to provide you with an official ESA letter in as little as 24 hours! All you need to do is complete our online quiz to determine you and your pet’s eligibility. If you qualify, we will connect you with a qualified doctor or mental healthcare provider who will prepare you a signed ESA letter which includes their registered license number. With our 100% money-back guarantee, there’s zero risk involved, because if you or your pet don’t qualify, you don’t pay a dime.
So, what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to obtain ESA approval for your companion, take the quiz to get started!
How to help your dog relax during air travel!
Since your dog is not used to air travel and you are unsure how they will behave in this new environment, you will want to try to help them stay relaxed. With crowds at the airport, going through security, strangers in close proximity in the plane, new noises they are not familiar with and a very tight area in which to lie down, especially if using a dog carrier, your dog will probably reach levels of stress and anxiety they may not normally feel. To help your dog with this unfamiliar environment there are calming supplements for dogs, anxiety meds for dogs, hemp dog treats and several ways you can help your furbaby cope with their dog anxiety such as:
- Use all natural calming chews for dogs such as PremiumCare’s Calming Chews with Hemp (with no CBD or THC)
- Ask your vet about a prescription anxiety medication for dogs
- CBD for dogs (with no THC)
Calming treats for dogs, dog anxiety meds and any other calming supplements for dogs usually do not work instantly for all dogs, so start giving them to your dog a few weeks in advance or as prescribed before your actual travel date.
If using a carrier for the first time do several dry runs to see how your dog reacts to the confinement.
Try not to feed your dog a large meal right before the flight to reduce the chances of nausea and vomiting.
Most importantly be patient with your dog, this is not a normal situation for them and their reaction may not be what you had hoped but getting frustrated or angry at them will not help them cope with this unusual situation.