How to Make Your ESA Into a Psychiatric Service Dog

In the world of assistance animals, emotional support animals (ESA) are frequently mixed up with psychiatric service dogs (PSD). Both ESAs and PSDs are used by their owners to help with similar types of mental and emotional illnesses and learning disabilities. However, that’s generally where the similarities end. There are key differences between them, including [...]

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How Can Pets Help Veterans with Mental Disorders

History of Animals Assisting Veterans The use of service dogs for veterans dates back to World War II when a stray  Yorkshire terrier named Smoky got adopted by the community of soldiers and helped accompany doctors and nurses in military hospitals. Smoky is regarded as one of the first therapy dogs to serve American soldiers. [...]

Do I Need an Emotional Support Dog, Service Dog or Therapy Dog?

Dogs are amazing creatures, and they give their owners so much more than just companionship. Training enables them to perform a number of tasks to make their owners’ lives easier. They can even learn life-saving skills to help in an emergency. In fact, you have likely heard of emotional support dogs, service dogs, and therapy [...]

Do I Need an ESA Letter or a Service Dog Certification?

Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Letters versus Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) Letters: Which one is right for you? There are two types of mental health assistance animals protected by federal disability laws: emotional support animals and psychiatric service dogs. There are key differences in how you qualify for one versus the other, and they also have [...]

Emotional Support Animal Letter

Emotional support animal (ESA) have special rights under federal and state laws. Emotional support animals help their owners cope with a wide range of health conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, autism, and phobias. While many pets provide similar emotional and mental health benefits, an animal companion can only qualify as an ESA if the owner [...]

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