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A Guide to Applying for a Pet ESA Certificate

If you are in the US, you probably have heard of emotional support animals or ESA. There are therapeutics benefit in having an animal qualified as an emotional support animal to accompany a person or a patient. These animals are usually cats and dogs but the patient can choose any other pet. People with disability, psychological symptoms, or emotional stress are given relief and support by an ESA, and this is its whole purpose. Here are basic facts you need to know about ESA which you should know before getting a certificate.

You can get an emotional support animal if you have to verify your disability as stated by law and so you need to check with your physician to verify this for you. Your doctor or medical professional will write a certificate proving or mentioning your disability and your need for an emotional support animal so that you will benefit from its therapeutic care and healing. The animals used as a companion is not really a services animal so no formal training is required. Any domesticated animal can become an ESA including rodents, birds, reptiles, cats, and dogs.

If a person chooses to have an ESA certificate then it is his/her choice but it should be verified by a physician. Your ESA which can just be your regular pet can fly with you in an aircraft cabin. If you want to live in a community with a no-pet housing policy, your ESA pet cannot be denied admission in it. This , however, does not apply to public entities such as stores and restaurants. The treatment give to your ESA will be as your pet. An ESA is not a service animal since they do not work and they do not have any special training. It is only your physician who can determine if you need an ESA certificate or not.

If you own an ESA companion, there will be no extra charges if he is your pet, and this is according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. You are not required to pay an initial security deposit to your landlord but the landlord may charge for any damage to the property at the end of your lease term. You can also have multiple ESAs. Adequate documentation is necessary to support all your ESAs. And this will entail detailed information from your doctor on how each animal can help you with your disability in detail.

If you need assistance to help you evaluate if you are qualified for ESA evaluation letters, there are companies that can help you with it. But, only medical professionals can ultimately give you the certificate on their professional paper. If you go online you can find simple forms that will help find your qualification. Ask your doctor for the detailed rules and regulations.

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