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Rabbit as Emotional Support Animal

There are plenty of options for you if you want to get an ESA. While cats and dogs are never in short supply, you might be considering something else.

Among other popular choices for an ESA are rabbits, which are already a popular domestic pet. Known for being small and quiet, an ESA rabbit can provide immense comfort and joy for their owners. When keeping in mind that all an ESA has to do is be there for the owner, the benefits behind having a rabbit as your ESA begin to appear.

What Is An Emotional Support Animal?

For some patients, an emotional support animal can provide benefits that other forms of treatment are unable to reach. While traditional medication can be very helpful, it is not always as effective. For these reasons, a person can often be recommended an ESA.

Unlike service animals, which are trained to assist their owners, ESAs do not need any sort of special training. An ESA can be an already owned pet that the patient wants to officially designate as their ESA. So if you have a health disorder or ailment, and you own a pet that makes you feel so much better than you normally would, they could qualify as an ESA.

How your pet makes you feel is what qualifies them. If you love your pet, but do not feel distressed when you’re away from them, then they likely do not qualify as an ESA. However, if you feel awful without your pet, and feel immensely better with them, than they can qualify. If need be, a doctor can evaluate your case to determine whether your pet can be a recommended form of treatment.

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Can any animal be an ESA?

For many people, an emotional support animal resembles a dog. In some cases, an ESA could be a cat, or many cats, for those that claim more than one animal. However, these are not your only options for an ESA, and Mango Clinic wants to make sure patients know. Can I have an ESA rabbit, some might ask; a miniature horse, a pig? There are a variety of animals that can qualify to be your ESA, and this includes a rabbit, one of the most popular options outside of a cat or dog.

ESA Rabbit Benefits

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No doubt one of the biggest advantages of having an ESA rabbit is their size. This makes them easy to carry and bring with you, as well as making them easier to play with. The smaller size also means less food is needed to feed them, at least in relative comparison to larger animals. This is part of what makes rabbits easy to take care of.

Being as small as they are allows for rabbits to have a smaller living space. This is not a requirement, however; the size of a rabbit’s living habitat can vary. If you would like for their living space to be confined to the size of a medium-sized cage, you absolutely can, though you will still give them room to roam. On the other end of this is dedicating a whole room to your rabbit, which is also entirely possible. The amount of living space you want to provide to your ESA rabbit is up to you, as long as it is healthy for them.

Some owners allow their rabbits to roam their yard, which gives the rabbit exercise and a natural place to roam. This is important, as the health of your ESA can determine how much they can help you, as well. While an ESA patient is more likely to look after their pet than a regular owner, it is still important to keep in mind how to take care of them. Rabbits are not cats or dogs, so make sure you understand what to do to benefit both you and your new animal companion.

One other benefit of being small is that it makes them easier to take with you. If you live in an apartment, having a small rabbit can save you a lot of space that might otherwise be taken up by an animal. If you’re going on a trip, your rabbit will be less of a hassle than some other animals would be. Not only that, but their quiet nature is sure to not bother nearly as many people as if you had a larger animal for an ESA.

What Is An Emotional Support Animal Letter?

If you live in an apartment with strict animal policies, you will want to consider having an ESA letter. This document will prevent landlords from issuing unfair fees towards owners of ESAs. If you do not have documents backing up your ESA, you could easily be charged more per month or be forced to leave your apartment.

Airlines are already notorious for being difficult, so imagine how problematic it would be to bring your ESA onboard an airplane. If you do not have an officially written ESA letter, airlines will have no problem putting your ESA in cargo or preventing you from boarding your flight. On the contrary, an ESA letter will let you and your animal companion board without additional complications.

How To Get An ESA Letter With Mango Clinic

It can be easy to come across illegitimate businesses online, but Mango Clinic is nothing like those. If you want to get an officially written and signed ESA letter, we will be able to provide it for you. Whether in person, over the phone, or via video chat, we will make sure you speak directly with a licensed physician who can recommend your ESA as a legitimate treatment type. Once you have been approved, your letter will be emailed; you will also receive a physical copy. If you want to make an appointment with Mango Clinic, you may apply here, visit our appointment website or contact us by calling us today at (786) 422-9327.

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Emotional Support Animals

Approximately 40 million Americans have mental health disorders. For most, these disorders are mild and treated with therapy and other coping mechanisms. For others, the issues are more complex and require medications. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, anti-social behavior, and many other illnesses afflict people of all walks of life, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic level. In short, mental health disorders can impact anyone and many of us are in need of emotional support in some shape or form. 

Many years ago, individuals who suffered from these disorders were often institutionalized, and treatments could range from nothing to the inhumane. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of mental health pioneers in the early 1900s, those who could not advocate for themselves found themselves thrust to the forefront of a burgeoning field of study, psychiatry. Since that time, many new and revolutionary treatments have emerged. Advancements in medication and therapy have helped move individuals who would have once been removed from society to being able to live and work on their own, often with little to no assistance. 

Though mental health and the many disorders that can impact a person’s behavior was once thought of as a punishment for some hidden sin, we now know that is not the case. Many things can affect a person’s mental function such as heredity, chemical imbalances, environmental issues, stress, and terrifying incidents. With the focus now on helping individuals instead of blaming them, the negative connotation that once hindered individuals from talking about their conditions has slowly changed. Additionally, we also now know that not all disorders require strong medications. Some patients have been significantly helped with alternative therapies such as companionship. 

Using their understanding of service animals and how they’ve helped patients with physical disabilities, Mental Health Practitioners created a new treatment method for patients who were suffering from depression; therapy dogs. These dogs have been successfully used in schools, nursing homes and hospitals for many years. While it was common practice for mental health providers to suggest their patients, who had emotional issues get a pet, there was no defined medical category or even basic protections for their inclusion in a patient’s life. After many years of witnessing the positive effects of these animals, practitioners lobbied for the addition of animals who were not pets but a new mode of treatment in our laws. These Emotional Support Animals (ESAs), as they were called, finally became recognized by American Laws. 

Although these animals do not have the same protections as that of service or psychiatric dogs, laws were enacted to help ensure patients who had emotional disorders would have access during times that could be the most stressful; work, housing, and travel.

 

What animals qualify as ESAs?

Unlike service animals, emotional support animals are not limited to dogs. They can be any commonly domesticated animal including ESA cats, birds, and Guinea pigs. Exotic or wild animals are prohibited due to endangering others and damage to property.

 

Traveling With Your Animal

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The Air Carrier Access Act (ACA) established a set of rules to allow emotional support animals to be transported in the cabin with their disabled owners. To qualify, patients must supply the appropriate documentation, and the animal must not pose a danger to others or interfere with other passengers or personnel. Although emotional support animals can be any domesticated animals, airlines have the right to refuse in-cabin transportation to any “unusual” animal including snakes, and other reptiles. Unfortunately, due to recent reports of abuse, additional requirements may have been implemented by individual carriers including the use of kennels. Before traveling, passengers should contact their specific airline in advance to ensure all needs are met.

Unfortunately, at this time traveling with an emotional support animal outside of America is not easy. Each country has its own set of guidelines and may not accept ESAs as anything more than a pet. Before traveling abroad, patients should do their homework and contact the foreign airline as well as the State Department and Embassy in the host country. 

 

Required documentation to travel with your pet

All US-based airlines require a letter to prove an individual’s need for an emotional support animal. This ESA letter must be dated within the year and be from a licensed mental health professional. Attestation to the patient’s mental health-related disability (though it isn’t required to disclose the exact diagnosis) and statements that the animal’s presence is necessary to the passenger’s mental health or to assist the passenger are necessary. It should also include the provider’s type of professional license, and date of issue from the state or jurisdiction they practice. 

How to obtain an ESA letter for travel

Generally, individuals who wish to get an emotional support letter for travel have already been diagnosed with a disorder such as depression or PTSD. During a visit to your provider, the patient will need to discuss this need with the provider. Because ESA travel letters require specific information, it is helpful if your doctor is not only supportive but understands this process. Several websites are available that can help ensure your provider. However, despite advertisements, no website that advertises ESA letters without providing medical care can issue a valid certification. 

What to do once you have your ESA letter?

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Patients who benefit from emotional support animals must be sure their animals can behave responsibly during any trip and especially while on the airplane. Take the time to familiarize your companion with traveling and being around many people. They must be trained to not react aggressively towards other passengers or airline personnel. Growling, biting, and scratching other people is prohibited. At any time during your trip, if your animal misbehaves, the airlines can revoke ESA rights and change the status of the animal to that of a pet resulting in fines or pet transportation costs.

Once you have planned your trip, be sure to contact the airline you are traveling with. Each airline can have additional requirements that must be completed as well as approving your documentation. Once everything is complete, contact should again be made at least 48 hours in advance of travel to ensure that there are no additional items needed. 

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Emotional support animals are an essential part of care for some individuals who have been diagnosed with emotional disorders. While these animals have not been included in the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) like service dogs, they are just as crucial to the patients they help. Making sure that any travel is conducted respectfully will help ensure that ESAs are welcomed by the airlines for years to come.  

If you would like to apply for an ESA letter contact our providers at Mango Clinic. Call us at (786) 422-9327, email us, or schedule your appointment online.

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What Is An Emotional Support Cat?

For some people, it’s not easy to go about a regular day the same as others. On some days, it can be incredibly difficult for a person to get through their day. Even if they do not show it, some people could use assistance to get through their issues. While medication and traditional forms of therapy can help, some people respond better to alternative forms of treatment. One of these alternative forms of treatment is having an emotional support animal. Unlike most types of treatment, this one involves a lot of patient decision making, as they are the ones choosing the animal best for them. In most cases, a person may already have a pet that they want to make their ESA, and they just need to get an ESA letter. In this article, we will talk about the emotional support animal cat breeds.

The role of an ESA is nothing more than providing comfort for the owner in such a way that the owner’s mood is improved significantly when with their pet. If a person has severe anxiety but feel almost no anxiety when with their pet, then it counts as an ESA. This also means the pet can have a letter to back it up in housing and travel situations.

Mango Clinic can provide patients with an officially signed and dated letter. The letter is signed by a licensed doctor who you speak directly with, ensuring the full legality and validity of the document in question. In this way, you will never have to worry about having your ESA letter questioned for authenticity by a landlord or airline.

Top 5 Emotional Support Cat Breeds

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Cats are among the most popular animals on the planet, which also makes them highly recommendable as emotional support animals. Known for having a stoic, non-judgemental, and mischievous attitude, cats can be an immense comfort for many patients. We want to keep you informed with the best types of breeds out there for cats so that you can make the best choice for you when choosing your ESA. No breed is better than the other, but some people do better with some breeds than others. In this way, you can have an idea for the different breeds that exist and determine if these or others are best for you.

Siamese

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One of the more famous cats out there, the Siamese are known for being very playful and social, which can sometimes be in contrast to how most cats are. They are known for loving affection and attention, as well as wanting to engage in social activities with their owners. This makes Siamese a good choice for those who want an ESA that they can engage with on a physical level.

Sometimes a Siamese will even choose a favorite family member and be upset if they are left alone for too long. This can be good for owners who want to spend a lot of time with their ESA, as a Siamese is more than happy to keep you company. If you plan on leaving your cat alone for periods of time, having a second Siamese can alleviate this issue.

Bengal

Bengal ESA Cat

Famous for looking very much like a wild cat (such as an ocelot), the Bengal is known for being among the more active and energetic cat breeds. If you are interested in an ESA that will keep you active and want to engage in some physical activities, a Bengal might be for you. Of course, they can still be very affectionate and are known for being intelligent. They’re even known to be okay with water (including swimming), something cats are not usually known for.

Russian Blue

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This cat breed is known for often being shy and quiet, along with having shorter hair but also possibly more shedding than other breeds. The Russian Blue gets its name from the color and style of its fur, as it is dark grey but can appear blue. For those that want an ESA that likes to attach itself to just one person and keep things nice and calm, a Russian Blue can be ideal. This is especially true for those who would instead take it easy and not do anything out of their comfort zone, as Russian Blues are very similar in that regard.

Persian

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Persian cats are among the most famous and iconic breeds out there. Much of this has to do with them being well-known as quiet and calm cats, ones who would rather be pampered than doing anything strenuous. Their fame also has much to do with their looks, as they are among the more unique breeds for having a very unique and recognizable appearance.

Persian cats are also known for being more high maintenance than other brands, and this is reflected in their very fluffy appearance. They have to be groomed and taken care of more so than other breeds, but many owners believe that their unique personalities make it worth it.

Maine Coon ESA Cat
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Maine Coon

Maine Coons are among the largest breeds out there, often comparable to dogs. Originating in North America, these are popular cats in cold weather locations, due to the breed being full of fur. This, of course, means that they need to be groomed almost daily. They are also among the friendliest and social breeds, making them suitable for people who want a cat that will make them go out and interact with the world.

Getting an emotional support cat is one of the best things that can happen to a person needing treatment for a health disorder. If you want to make sure you have an ESA letter and that it’s legit, get in touch with Mango Clinic. Call us on 786-391-0269 or visit our website to schedule your appointment with one of our licensed physicians.


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Many people who are not in the military or don’t have close loved ones in the military believe that once a veteran comes home from war, he or she is no longer in danger and can resume a normal life. However, those who are in the military life know better. A veteran returning from combat rarely transitions easily back into civilian life. S/he may be plagued with a number of physical, mental, and/or emotional problems. In some cases, an Emotional Support Animal (or ESA) can provide the comfort, security, and support these veterans need to heal.

Challenges Veterans Face

Disorders that qualify for an ESA - Mango Clinic
Disorders that qualify for an ESA – Mango Clinic

The most widely-recognized mental health condition suffered by combat veterans is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those with PTSD can experience symptoms such as chronic anxiety, insomnia, sleep apnea, irrational fears, an aversion to loud noises. Oftentimes they experience difficulty or an inability to connect with or relate to others who did not experience the same traumatic events as they did. Some PTSD patients are successfully treated with counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, or medications. However, others do not respond well to traditional treatments or find that additional therapy is needed. 

In addition to PTSD, veterans often experience depression, addictions, anxiety disorders, violent outbursts, and other negative consequences due to their exposure to battle-related trauma. Those who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or blast-related exposure are subject to even more symptoms such as cognitive or memory issues, headaches, inability to process information, and an increased risk in developing dementia.

It is estimated that 8.5 to 14 percent of vets returning from battle experience PTSD or severe depression. Furthermore, 20 percent report experiencing a head injury severe enough to cause a concussion. Fortunately for these veterans, an ESA animal can have a number of positive effects on their conditions and help them on the road to recovery.

Why Emotional Support Animals Can Help

ESAs are any type of animal that can be used for comfort and companionship for those individuals with mental or emotional disorders. Though they are not specially trained as Service Animals are, Emotional Support pets can still be of enormous benefit to those suffering from battle-related issues.

Many veterans have a difficult time connecting with friends and loved ones when they return from the battlefield. Having an animal as a companion can be incredibly soothing as the veteran can experience unconditional love and undivided attention from their pet. They do not have to explain why they feel the way they do or justify any irrational thoughts or behaviors. Having a non-judgmental presence to talk to, spend time with, and grow closer to often helps the vet make the transition to re-connecting with their loved ones.

Vets can also benefit from taking care of an animal’s needs. The necessity of feeding, taking a pet for walks, and grooming an animal can provide meaning to a vet’s life and help them focus on something other than their own problems.

It has also been proven in studies that animal-assisted therapy such as the presence of an animal—especially a dog—can help those with sleeping issues. Patients usually get more deep sleep by mitigating anxiety. Dogs can also wake a vet from a nightmare or if they are displaying visible signs of sleep apnea.

Though Emotional Support Animals do not qualify for many of the benefits that Service Animals do, they can still accompany their owner to many public places and be allowed into housing where other animals are normally not allowed. To register your pet as an Emotional Support Animal, you must have a diagnosed mental or emotional disorder and be evaluated by a qualified physician. If you qualify, you will be issued a letter that you can use to distinguish your pet as an ESA so you can keep it with you to provide comfort and support.

Obtaining Your Emotional Support Animal Prescription

If you are a veteran and suffer from PTSD or other emotional disorder talk to a doctor at Mango Clinic to find out if you qualify for an ESA prescription. Call Mango Clinic Miami at (786) 391-0269 to schedule an appointment with a Board Certified physician. You can also complete a simple ESA Online Form to have a doctor contact your via Telehealth.

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