Getting Emotional Support Animals in Maryland

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How It Works

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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Getting an ESA in Maryland

If you love surfing the Internet, then you will surely be able to gather different information regarding psychiatric issues and the offered treatments and support for it.  By doing this, you will definitely be able to find a good emotional support animal provider for you.

If exploring the possibility of getting an emotional support animal, it is crucial that you talk about it with your psychiatrist. They will then go through the routine test procedures to come to a diagnosis. Once these indicative tests are done, they will be able to provide you with a letter expressing your present mental condition. In this Emotional Support Animal Letter, your mental issue and need for a support animal will be clearly stated. This letter from your psychiatrist must have a letterhead, the specialist’s permit, number, and date issued.

Once you received this certificate, you will be able then to choose the kind of animal support you need. It’s your choice as long as you feel it can provide you with the necessary companionship. This emotional support animal will be with you every minute of every day providing the support that will help make you feel safe and relaxed. They will also be able to ease any manifestations that could trigger sudden attacks. Support animals even know when to go and get immediate help in case of an emergency.

Remember, a psychiatrist should be your main point of contact when considering a support animal. Once you receive the letter, you can go online and will undoubtedly come across plenty of emotional support animal providers who can help you find the best animal for your medical needs. These providers can even help you with the procedure and prerequisites required, so it’s important to find one with benefits that fit your needs. Another way to locate the best emotional support animal provider for you is through surveys online. It is imperative that you also consider getting feedback from past patients to check whether or not a support animal is right for you.

Ensure that you consider these different elements when looking for emotional support animal assistance. Remember that you are looking for support and assistance and sometimes it can take longer to find the right option for you. Always remember to discuss the matter with your specialist or therapist to get the right kind of help you need, especially when choosing an emotional support animal provider. You don’t have to face this battle alone. There are wonderful and effective ways that could truly change your life.

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FAQ´s

What is an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?

What is The Fair Housing Amendment Act?

What is the difference between an ESA and a service dog?

If approved for an ESA, is my ESA allowed to be taken in the cabin of airplane when traveling?

Is my ESA allowed to be taken with me into public places?

I heard with an ESA, I am cleared from having to pay pet rent and pet deposit. Is that true?

If I use my primary care doctor to write an ESA prescription for me, will that work?

Does The OnlineDOGtor.com work with licensed professionals?

If approved, will my ESA letter come from the OnlineDOGtor.com?

If approved, can I and my ESA letter be easily verified?

Can I use my medical insurance?

How much do you charge?

How can I make payment?

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As you might already know, or should know if you have not yet heard, the airlines and the Department of Transportation have been trying to change the travel rules and crack down on ESAs for many years, and now, along with everything else that has happened in 2020, it looks like they’re finally going to make those changes. However, rest assured that we here at The DOGtor are going to do anything and everything we can to change what we need to accordingly, so that you, and all of our ESA members are allowed to continue travelling with their furry family support companions for many more years to come. 
 
Please note, that as of now, and from what we understand thus far, you will ONLY have until the start of the New Year, January 3, 2021 to travel trouble free with your ESA.
  
Here is the full report should you want to look into this further: 
                                
https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2020-12/Service%20Animal%20Final%20Rule.pdf
 
We will do our best to keep you and everyone informed…
 
Kind regards,
 TheDogtor