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Complete Online Exam

All individuals seeking an Emotional Support Animal prescription must complete an online medical examination consisting of 74 questions. It takes anywhere from 15 – 20 minutes to complete so please make sure that you are ready to fill it out and move forward, since you won't be able to save your exam and come back to it later. You can begin the exam by clicking on the “online medical exam”tab located in the main navigation menu or by clicking the “get started now” tab below.

Make Payment

Potential patients should keep in mind that if the evaluating medical doctor does not feel comfortable writing you a prescription for an emotional support animal, then you will receive a same-day refund. Refunds are granted only to those who are not approved by the evaluating physician. After completing your online exam you will be required to make a payment and choose a treatment plan that best applies to you. If you need an ESA letter for housing, please choose the housing plan. The entry level housing plan is called the “care plan” and is 159.00. If you need a letter only for travel, then please choose the travel plan for 149.00. If you need documentation for both, you will need to select the Compassion Plan for 199.00, which will cover both travel and housing. Regardless, you must submit payment at that time or your exam will not be processed.

The DOGtor Reviews Your Exam

The Dogtor reviews your exam & you'll receive a notification within 48 hours if approved or not. Approval is typically the same day on a normal work week. In the event that the Dogtor needs to do a further evaluation he may want to speak to you over Skype. However, it's very rare.

You've Been Approved!

All individuals who have submitted an online exam will hear back from the evaluating physician within 24-48 hours. The doctor will email you from this or her personal email address to the email address that you have on file, so please make sure to check spam folders and wait patiently for the correspondence from the M.D. A doctor may ask you more questions about your exam so please be prepared to provide further details if they want more info in order for them to make an informed decision. Usually these questions are about asking for more clarity or that you have been vague in answering a specific question. As stated in Step 3, if the doctor does not approve you, you will receive a same-day refund. However, in the event that you are approved, you will receive your emailed PDF copy of the prescription letter typically on the same day. You will also receive a courtesy hard copy that will be mailed to the address that you have on file when taking the online exam. The hard copy take a few business days to arrive, depending on where you are located in the USA.

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Dealing with a mental health issue is not easy. The effects of treatments, as well as the impact it can have on family and friends, can be quite overwhelming. Luckily, there are support options that are easily accessible, such as Emotional Support Animals. With this kind of support, you can have an animal that will help keep you relaxed which can actually help alleviate other symptoms.

If you wish to alleviate the symptoms of your mental health issue without any invasive treatments or medication, then you should consider having your own Emotional Support Animal. You can choose what type of animal you want, as long as it helps you feel relaxed and stress-free. With this support, you will be able to receive many other benefits that can help make your everyday tasks easier.

If you live in an apartment, then you can even have your Emotional Support Animal live with you. All you would need to do is make sure to show your landlord the certificate you obtained from your psychiatrist beforehand. This letter will state your present condition and your need to have an Emotional Support Animal. Since apartments can sometimes be considered a no-pet residence, it is important that you discuss the matter over with your landlord.

If you wish to go abroad for vacation, then you can also bring along your Emotional Support Animal from the state of California with you. Just make sure that you send the airline a copy of your doctor’s certificate which must include a signature, letterhead, license type, number, and date issued. It is important that you let the airline know that you are going to bring your Emotional Support Animal with you and send them a copy of the certificate 48 hours before your departure. This will allow them to have enough time to make any necessary arrangements that will make your flight hassle-free. Those with Emotional Support Animals are allowed to check in ahead of other passengers in order to make themselves comfortable and prepare for their flight.

The wonderful benefits of having an Emotional Support Animal can be yours if you find a trustworthy Emotional Support Animal provider. You can search online using articles and reviews to find the best fit for you. This will help you understand more about this support option and how it actually works. Once you find the best provider for you, you will be able to enjoy the many benefits of having an Emotional Support Animal.

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