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Emotional support animals and service animals play a valuable role in their human’s lives. Physical, psychiatric, intellectual, sensory, and/or mental disabilities can all be helped by the presence of a support animal.

Emotional support animals and service animals are not the same, and they aren’t both covered by the ADA. To better understand your emotional support animal, and its coverage by the ADA, take a look at the following FAQs.

 

What Is An Emotional Support Animal?


An emotional support animal can be any animal that provides benefit to someone with a disability—as determined by their doctor. For an emotional support animal to be prescribed, the owner must have a verifiable disability. Emotional support animals are usually dogs, but they can be cats or other animals, even pigs. Emotional support animals do not need specific training. They do, however, need a note from a medical professional stating that they benefit their owner.

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Are Emotional Support Animals Covered by the ADA?

They are not. In order to be covered by the ADA, an animal needs to be considered a service animal. Emotional support animals, because they’re not trained, don’t qualify as a service animal. Even a note from a doctor stating that the animal provides emotional support doesn’t qualify an emotional support animal as a service animal. Some public establishments will allow emotional support animals inside, but not every establishment will. In order to be legally admitted, your animal needs to be a service animal.

 

What is a Service Animal?

A service animal helps their disabled owner in some specially trained way. This can include fetching dropping items, reminding their owner to take medication, pulling a wheelchair, or pressing an elevator button. These tasks have to be specially taught, and every service animal has to be trained. Some examples of service animals include: hearing or signal dogs, seeing eye dogs, psychiatric service dogs, seizure response dogs, and social signal dogs. Each of these animals are specially trained to perform unique tasks, such as turning on lights or notifying the owner of a knock on the door.

 

Why Are Emotional Support Animals Not Covered by the ADA?

Emotional Support Animals are a valuable part of a medical treatment plan. They are considered therapy animals, but they are not considered service animals. The main reason the ADA doesn’t cover therapy animals is their broad definition. Most service animals must be a dog in order to qualify, and they must be properly trained to handle public environments. Most emotional support animals are not trained to handle public situations and their presence can’t be covered by federal laws. Unless the definition and required training, for an emotional support animal become much more rigid, emotional support animals cannot be covered by the ADA.

 

Where Can I Bring My Emotional Support Animal?

Although not covered by the ADA, your emotional support animal can still accompany you in certain situations. A pet can’t ride on an airplane, but your emotional support animal can, as long as they have appropriate documentation and are well-behaved. An airline does have the right to refuse an animal if it’s noisy or restless. College residence halls and dormitories are also legally required to admit emotional support animals as of 2013. Since emotional support animals may still bark or smell strangers, they are not permitted in every public building, but they are permitted in college dorms and on flights. Often, a well behaved emotional support animal can be admitted into a public building, as long as you have permission from the owner or person in charge.

 

If you suffer from a certain medical condition and feel that you may benefit from having an Emotional Support Animal contact Mango Clinic Miami by calling 786-391-0269 or by visiting our website and scheduling an appointment with one of our Board Certified physicians. You can also complete our ESA Online Form to expedite the process.

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What Do I Need to Qualify for Emotional Support Animal Letter?

ESAs (Emotional Support Animals) are animals that provide love, support, and companionship to mitigate symptoms associated with psychological, behavioral, and emotional disorders. Although pets do provide such companionship to their owners, ESAs are prescribed to only persons who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Since they require no special training to provide relief to their charges, ESAs are different from service animals. To see how much does it cost to get an Emotional Support Animal prescription click here.

Disorders That Qualify for Emotional Support AnimalQualify for Emotional Support Animal

Individuals who have mental disabilities such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, anti-social personality disorder, depression, or other related psychological disorders are qualified to receive an ESA letter; however, they must be diagnosed by a certified mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, etc. Other kinds of doctors such as cardiologists, neurologists or general health practitioners are unable to give such diagnoses since they are not trained in the field and do not qualify as mental health professionals. However, some airlines and property managers may accept a verification form/letter that has been filled out and signed by a family doctor.

The following are some of the disorders listed in the DSM-IV as grounds for qualifying for ESA certification:

  • Learning disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Tic disorders
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • ADD (i.e., Attention Deficit Disorder)
  • Motor skills disorders
  • Substance abuse related disorder (alcohol, drugs, etc.)
  • Mental retardation
  • Gender identity
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Qualifying Procedures for ESA

The procedure for getting an emotional support letter is simple, non-invasive, and usually short. In special cases, the consultation can be done from home. This allows patients with depressive and anxiety disorders (who don’t feel comfortable with leaving the comfort of their homes) to be qualified for an ESA. The first step in qualifying for an ESA requires you to complete an online questionnaire (online ESA application), which briefly outlines your ailment. After this, you will undergo a session with a certified mental health professional who assesses your suitability for an Emotional Support Pet. The professional will ask some questions about your emotional and mental state to ascertain the extent of the malaise. If the professional finds you eligible for ESA certification, you will be informed right away and you’ll receive the letter within a few days.

The format of an ESA document

An ESA prescription is in the form of a formal and properly formatted letter. The letter must contain the license type of the mental health professional, license number, date of licensing, as well as the date and state of issue, and must be written on the official letterhead of the professional.  

The letter must contain pertinent details that informs recipients that you are:

  • Currently a patient of the certified doctor.
  • Receiving treatment and care for an emotional disability, which must be described in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) of Mental Disorders Version IV or V.
  • Substantively limited in participating in or performing a major life activity due to the disability.
  • Prescribed an ESA as part of the treatment program for your disability.

Finally, the letter must be dated no later than a year from the date of departure.

Emotional Support Animals can be extremely beneficial companions to those who are experiencing mental or emotional distress. They can range from the usual dogs and cats to more exotic pets such as hedgehogs, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, and even snakes. If you believe you qualify for an Emotional Support Animal and would like to receive a letter so you can enjoy the benefits of living and traveling with your pet, contact a professional today who can perform an evaluation and issue you a certified letter.

 

 

 

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Is it Difficult to Get an Emotional Support Animal Letter?

 

Do you have a mental or emotional health condition and believe that a pet could enhance your therapy? If so, you are not alone. Many mental health professionals believe that animals can have a beneficial effect on their patients. These animals have been dubbed Emotional Support Animals and benefit from laws regarding housing and airline travel. If you have a legit ESA letter, your pet can live with you regardless of the landlord’s pet policy and with no additional fees. In addition, your ESA can travel in the cabin of an airline with you and the airline may not charge you any fees.

 

Many people think it is difficult to get an ESA letter. They believe their Emotional Support Animals need to be specially trained like Service Animals to qualify, but this is not true. ESAs need not have any special training and they can be any type of animal. The only requirement is that you have a mental or emotional health condition that can be verified by an LMHP and that you get a legitimate letter written by a mental health professional. Here is more information on how you can get an ESA letter from Mango Clinic in-person or online. Emotional Support Animal in Miami.

 

Conditions and Types of Animals That Qualify for ESA Letters

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An ESA letter is written for you and not for the animal. That means you don’t even have to have an animal in mind yet when you request an ESA letter. You must, however, have a legitimate mental or emotional condition that affects your quality of life. Examples of conditions include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, phobias, or bipolar disorder.

 

As for the types of animals that can be ESAs, most people choose to use the pets they currently have as Emotional Support Animals. These are typically dogs or cats as they are the easiest to care for and travel with and also provide the greatest amount of emotional support. However, any animal can qualify as an ESA and there have been many birds, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, and even miniature horses that have been used as Emotional Support Animals.

 

How to Get an ESA Letter

 

The process for securing an ESA letter is not difficult, especially if you are currently experiencing stress, anxiety or depression. Simply explain to a doctor why you think an animal would enhance your therapy and why you need them to travel with you or live with you in housing that otherwise would not allow animals. If the ESA doctor sees a legitimate need for an ESA, he or she will most likely be happy to write the esa letter.

 

However, even those who are not currently receiving therapy can also receive an ESA letter. There are many reputable companies online that can connect you with a doctor who can provide you with an ESA letter. The physician will go through your health records to determine what condition you are suffering from and will interview you to see if you are a good fit for an ESA. If so, he or she will issue you a legitimate ESA letter that can be used to show your landlord and/or airline you are traveling on. To start your legitimate online ESA prescription application click here.

 

How to Spot a Fake ESA Letter

 

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Not all online services are reputable, though. There are some red flags you can look out for that can serve as warnings of a scam. If the company offers to ‘register’ your pet as an ESA, they are probably not legitimate. ESA letters are written for you, not your pet, and there is no recognized ESA registration in the country. Other signs of a scam are if the company says they will provide you with a cheap ESA. Since legitimate ESA letters take the time and effort of s doctor, they are not cheap. If you feel you are working with a company that is not legitimate, you should either do more research or choose a different company.

 

 

Choosing a Legitimate ESA Letter Company

Choosing a legitimate ESA service does not have to be confusing or difficult. Make sure the company you are working with has a physical location and that they have Licensed Mental Health Professionals on staff. Mango Clinic, for example, has both of these. They are also available seven days a week, their letters are valid in all states, and they offer a complete money-back guarantee. You can apply at their clinic or online. Best of all, they offer continued customer service after you get your letter just in case you require any assistance.

 

If you have a pet or want to get a pet to help with your mental or emotional issues, you should look into getting an ESA letter. This will ensure that you never have to be without your source of support no matter where you live or travel to.

 


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At our clinic in Miami, we may be able to recommend your ESA letter for you and your cat, dog, or other pet. Our Miami location allows us to simplify the process for you, so you can obtain your ESA letter quickly and conveniently. Make an appointment today to speak with one of our physicians.

We can match any price for services that provide a letter for your emotional support animal. If you found a lower price at a legitimate ESA letter service or location, we will be happy to match that price. To qualify for price matching, the location must be approved and a licensed Florida doctor must provide letters.

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What Are the Main Benefits of Having an ESA Letter?

We are all allowed a life that is free from emotional hardships and psychological stress. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and life always seems to throw us curveballs that are soaked in stress and emotional strain. When these instances arise, an animal support pet can help you get through those rough times. In fact, emotional animal support pets have helped thousands of people find a loving and natural solution for panic attacks, anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and many other psychological conditions.

However, living or traveling with an emotional support animal may not always be easy, which is why an ESA letter for your cat, dog, or other pet is very helpful in helping you live your life regularly.

An ESA Letter has several benefits, including:

  • Help relieve travel anxiety with your emotional support animal
  • Some airlines may allow you to pay nothing to bring your ESA on a flight
  • Your cat, dog, or other pet may be able to sit with you instead of with other pets
  • At home, a landlord will be restricted from charging extra rent or a cat, dog, or other type of pet deposit
  • A landlord will have to accept the cat, dog, or other pet’s presence

Some examples of qualifying health conditions for an emotional support animal include:

  • Anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders
  • Separation anxiety, social anxiety disorder, and other types of anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress
  • Sleep-related disorders

For more information on if your condition would benefit from an ESA, you should schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at (305) 776-2898, so we may go over the details of your health situation and to explain why an emotional support animal may help you with your therapy.

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Why should I have an ESA Letter?

The main reason to get an ESA Letter is to avoid any disruption in your life. This letter basically allows you to bring your support pet almost anywhere, including: housing, traveling, and dining at restaurants.

With housing, all you need to provide your landlord is a copy of the state-certified ESA letter. You do not need to provide any medical information, and they cannot ask for copies of your medical records. This also includes college dormitories. Keep in mind that an ESA letter is required at most institutions prior to bringing your pet into the dorms. Check with your institution for more information.

Don’t wait to get your ESA letter! A Florida licensed physicians can help you get your Emotional Support Animal Letter. Call Miami Mango Clinic in Miami at (305)776-2898 or click here to schedule an appointment.

Can I receive an ESA Letter Through Telehealth?

Getting a recommendation for an ESA Letter through telehealth medicine may be easier than you think. The first thing our doctors will need to do is to have you engage in a medical consultation, so they can fully understand you reasons for needing the ESA letter. Telehealth is a quick and convenient way to receive the information you need for your ESA Letter, and it can also help you transmit your information to your doctor. Our telehealth medicine offers patients an easy way to be seen in the convenience of your own home.

Emotional Support Animal Letter in Miami

Many people in Miami who suffer from emotional disorders or disabilities may find that the presence of a cherished pet helps them calm anxiety, boost happiness, and deal with day-to-day living. If you or a loved one fits into this category, you may be interested to know that you can register your pet as an Emotional Support Animal. This gives you and your pet more rights in terms of living and traveling with your pet. Emotional Support Animals are not the same as Service Animals and are subject to different laws. However, in many cases, pets that are legally registered as Emotional Support Animals can go to many public places where other pets are allowed, may be allowed into housing where regular pets are not allowed and can qualify for special privileges when flying.

Do You Qualify for an Emotional Support Animal?

To qualify for an Emotional Support Animal, you must have a diagnosed emotional disorder or disability. These include, but are not limited to, attention deficit disorder, mental retardation, bipolar disorder, autism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, chronic stress, and any psychiatric condition related to emotional coping skills. You and your doctor must also show that this emotional condition is severely limiting your day-to-day living situation and is having a negative impact on your job, personal relationships, or other important aspects of your life. These are all important things to consider when asking yourself if you qualify for an Emotional Support Animal.

You must have verification from a therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist who has treated you for this specific condition. Medical doctors who have treated you for a physical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis will not qualify. You must have verification from a doctor or therapist who has treated you for the emotional disorder you need your ESA to help treat.

How Do Emotional Support Animals Help Those with Emotional Disorders?

There are many ways that an Emotional Support Animal can help those with emotional disorders. Depending on the type of animal and the type of emotional disorder the owner is experiencing, assistance can range from simple companionship to helping the owner recognize damaging behaviors or even bringing help to owners who may be experiencing a panic attack or other emotional breakdown. For those with social anxiety, ESAs can help navigate crowded areas to locate exits or family members. If an individual has PTSD that involves paranoia, ESAs can search rooms or homes before their owners enter to ease their fear about danger or intruders.

Those with obsessive-compulsive disorders can benefit from animals who can recognize and redirect compulsive behaviors into more productive ones, such as petting or brushing the animal. ESAs can also be very helpful to those with depressive disorders who often have trouble finding the motivation to get out of bed or perform daily acts of self-care. Simply knowing they are responsible for the health and well-being of another living creature can be enough to give them purpose and motivation.

Finally, anyone with an emotional disorder who suffers from low self-esteem will find comfort in an animal that showers them with unconditional love. Knowing that an animal will continue to be loyal to you and love you no matter what helps many of those suffering from emotional disorders to build a sense of self-worth and feel more at ease in their environment.

Types of Emotional Support Animals

If you are not familiar with Emotional Support Animals, you may be wondering what types of pets can qualify for registration. Unlike Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals can be any type of pet that gives you comfort for your emotional disorder. They can be current and common pets such as cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, or reptiles. They can also be exotic pets such as iguanas, birds, pot-bellied pigs, chinchillas, monkeys, or ferrets. There have even been cases of horses and other large animals being registered as Emotional Support Animals. The bottom line is that if your pet gives you comfort and helps you deal with your emotional disorder, it can be an Emotional Support Animal. Unlike Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals need not have any specific training to qualify and receive certification.

Emotional Support Animal Registration

For you and your pet to qualify for the benefits of an ESA, you must attain Emotional Support Animal registration. To do this, you need to get a letter from your therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist attesting to your emotional disorder and stating that they recommend you have an ESA to help treat your condition. This letter needs to be written on your doctor’s letterhead and must include the doctor’s license type, license number, date of the license, and state which issued the license. It should be dated and should state why an Emotional Support Animal is recommended for your specific condition. Once you have obtained this letter, you can apply for ESA registration online at numerous verified companies that specialize in animal support registration in Miami. Make sure you look for a legitimate Emotional Support Animal registration site as there are many scams on the internet that will provide you with a letter that will not hold up upon examination.

How to Ask a Doctor for an Emotional Support Animal Letter

If you are currently seeing a therapist or psychiatrist for your emotional disorder or disability, you can bring up the issue of an Emotional Support Animal with them. This is true whether you already have an animal in mind (such as a current pet), or whether you want to explore the idea of obtaining an Emotional Support Animal specifically to address your emotional needs. When it comes to asking your doctor for an Emotional Support Animal, explain why you believe an animal would help with your disorder and request they write a letter to help you obtain the animal or to attain certification for your current pet. Most doctors who treat emotional disorders or diseases understand that animals can be a huge source of comfort and happiness and will be more than willing to write a letter to help you obtain certification.

How Emotional Support Animals Differ From Service Animals

Service Animals—usually dogs—must be highly trained to qualify for their designation. They must be able to fill in where their owners are limited, such as in the cases of missing a limb or blindness. Sometimes service dogs can be trained to push a wheelchair or alert someone when their master is having a seizure or is going into diabetic shock.

Emotional Support Animals are not required to undergo any special training to be registered as an ESA. Of course, owners are encouraged to provide training if it suits the type of animal they have and their unique health situation. However, it is not a requirement of registration.

Because of their increased level of training and more stringent requirements to become registered, Service Animals are afforded more rights than ESAs. They are required by law to be allowed to go anywhere their owners go, including all public places, housing, and on flights. ESAs, on the other hand, may still have a limited capacity to accompany their owners on some private or public property and do not have all the same rights when it comes to housing.

Emotional Support Animal Rights

As stated above, Emotional Support Animals are not the same as Service Animals and are not afforded all the same rights. However, they do have more rights than normal pets. For example, a landlord is not legally allowed to charge your pet rent or deposits for an Emotional Support Animal. They also do not have the right to make detailed inquiries into your emotional health and the reason you have an Emotional Support Animal, though they can ask for a doctor’s note verifying the legitimacy of your animal. In addition, a landlord cannot require that your emotional support animal have any specific training.

Your Emotional Support Animal will also be afforded some additional rights when it comes to airline travel. Airlines cannot legally charge a cabin pet fee for your ESA and Emotional Support Animal dogs and cats will not be required to be in a carrier during your flight. Both types of animals can sit on your lap during the flight but they must still be on a leash. ESAs can also often go into public places that regular pets cannot, though often this is up to the establishment.

Do you or someone you love have an emotional disorder or disease that results in anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias, or paranoia? If so, you may benefit greatly from an Emotional Support Animal. Whether you already have a pet that you would like to register as an Emotional Support Animal or you would like to obtain an animal that can act as an ESA, you need to talk with your therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist about an Emotional Support Animal letter in Miami. After he or she verifies your emotional disorder and writes a letter of recommendation, you can then get a legitimate Emotional Support Animal registration and ensure that your beloved pet can stay by your side when you need him the most.

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ESAs: Things You Need to Tell Your Landlord

Life with an Emotional Support Animal is better. Your Emotional Support Pet helps you deal with emotional or mental disorders you’re struggling with and they get the honor of being your helper. Your life is made better by the presence of your ESA, and you’re legally protected when it comes to keeping your ESA near. You might have some questions about renting and when an emotional support animal is allowed. Here is what you need to know if you plan on keeping an ESA in your rental apartment or home.

Do I Have to Tell My Landlord About My Pet Before Signing?

No. You are not legally required to tell your landlord about your Emotional Support Animal, even if the building doesn’t ordinarily allow pets. Emotional Support Animals have special legal privileges. You shouldn’t keep your Emotional Support Animal a secret, however, and it will help inspire mutual trust if you tell your landlord ahead of time. Legally, however, you aren’t required to tell them anything about your ESA before signing.  

Do I Need to Tell a Landlord If My Pet is Dangerous?

Yes. In most cases, your Emotional Support Animal is protected by law, and your landlord can’t discriminate. Your landlord has legal rights too, however. If your animal compromises the safety of other tenants in your building, the safety of their property, or if your ESA causes the landlord undue financial hardship, then your landlord can deny you and your ESA residency. Your landlord can evict you under these circumstances, and if you think your ESA might fall into one of those three categories, you should let your landlord know.

Do I Need to Tell My Landlord the Dog’s Breed?

No. You can feel free to share this information, but any dog is protected by law if they’re an Emotional Support Animal. Even a building that only allows small dogs can’t refuse your golden retriever or German shepherd. Emotional Support Animals are exempt from weight or breed discrimination, so you shouldn’t worry if your emotional support animal doesn’t fall under the building’s usual requirements.

Do I Need to Show a Landlord Proof that My Pet is an Emotional Support Animal?

Yes. Once your landlord knows you’re moving in with a pet, you’ll need to provide him or her proof of your animal’s service. In order for your animal to qualify as an Emotional Support Animal, you should have a letter from your doctor or therapist. It’s within your landlord’s legal rights to see this letter and to demand proof that your animal is, in fact, an ESA.

Do I Need to Explain My Disability?

Emotional Support Animal Letter in Miami
Emotional Support Animal Letter in Miami

No. In fact, asking any personal questions about your disability is illegal on the landlord’s part. You don’t need to share any personal information about your disability, how you got it, what it is, or how your Emotional Support Animal helps you cope. You legally have a right to keep this information private, and you can refuse to answer personal questions if your landlord asks them.

Your Emotional Support Animal doesn’t enjoy all the same rights as a service animal. Since your Emotional Support Animal isn’t as carefully trained as a service animal, they may not be let into all public buildings. You do, however, have a legal right to your Emotional Support Animal in your housing situation. Unless your Emotional Support Animal is dangerous or destructive, then your landlord is legally required to let them live with you. Whenever you move into a new building, it’s important to know your rights ahead of time and know what to tell your landlord.  

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