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How It Works
Complete Online ExamAll 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 PaymentPotential 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 ExamThe 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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Ohio Emotional Support Animal
Important Facts About Emotional Support Animals – Ohio
There are many kinds of treatments and reassurances which can provide you with amazing help when it comes to mental health issues. These mental disorders can cause a lot of stress not only for the patient but for the family of the patient. It can affect the everyday life of a patient, especially if under a lot of stress. Fortunately, there are effective treatments and methods that provide amazing results for patients. One of the most effective methods is having an emotional support animal.
Dealing with mental health issues is not easy. It can affect the daily tasks and activities of the patient. If you are dealing with depression, anxiety or panic attacks, then having a reliable companion will surely provide you with amazing assistance. These animals help patients feel more relaxed and comfortable by alleviating symptoms of your mental disorder. You can get a dog, a cat, a bird, or even a hamster as your trusted friend. Their calm and affectionate traits help make you feel more relaxed therefore help you avoid sudden attacks.
You can get one of these companions by first discussing the option with your psychiatrist. Your doctor will help you decide whether you need one or not and how to move forward. He will first need to make a thorough analysis of your present condition. Once diagnosed you will be given a certificate where your present mental condition and the need to have the support animal is stated. The certificate should have the letterhead, license number, type and date issued. If you already have an emotional support animal in Ohio – permanent registration is a great way to make the relationship official. If you need help with emotional support animal Ohio registration, we can help you every step of the way. The certificate will help you get your emotional support animal and even enjoy more benefits and privileges.
These companions don’t even require any formal training. If you are interested in getting your emotional support animal trained, there is an excellent facility located in Columbus, Ohio. If you have any other questions about the differences between a service dog and an ESA, then visit www.nolo.com for more information.
The Differnece Between a Service Dog and an Emotional Support DogJust to help you know which kind of support will be relevant to you and your condition we have put together a few of the things that service and companion dogs are capable of handling.
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Once you have your certificate, you will be able to bring along your assistant wherever go. If you wish to travel to another country, all you have to do is send the airline a copy of the certificate. By doing this, you will be informing the airline that you will be traveling with your furry friend. They will need to be informed at least 48 hours ahead of your departure. This will give them enough time to prepare and make any necessary seat arrangements to make your flight more comfortable. By law, all airlines must allow you and your companion entrance onto the aircraft.
You can also bring your companion to school with you. Just make sure to send the university/school a certificate with the most recent photo of your pet. This way they will know what breed and size your assistant animal is. Again, by law, you must be allowed to bring an animal into the school grounds if it will help you.
Ohio Law Protects the Rights of People Who need Service Animals in Accommodation
The Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA (adata.org) and the Ohio Administrative Code 4112-5-06 does exactly that. It prohibits accommodation/landlords from discriminating against a person with disabilities. This means that the entry of an animal assistant must be allowed or else a fee payment is required. The code defines an animal assistant as “any animal which aids a person with a disability”. For more information regarding the laws surrounding ESA’s and accommodation visit AnimalLaw.info.
You can make this process much easier by finding the best emotional support animal provider for you. They will be able to provide you with any questions or concerns you may have. Go online and find the best emotional support animal provider for you. Or, check out Petfinder as an adoption source.
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What is an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?
An Emotional Support Animal, or better known as an ESA, is any type of pet or animal that its owner is able to obtain emotional and/ or mental support and comfort from to help with his or her emotional and/ or mental illness. ESAs are not required to have any special training or proof of any medical records as service dogs must have. ESAs are only needed to supply its owner with the emotional and mental comfort they need that they cannot get from traditional medication.
What is The Fair Housing Amendment Act?
According the the Fair Housing Amendment Act, a landlord is not allowed to discriminate against any tenant or possible tenant who has an ESA letter on the official letterhead of a the prescribing professional. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, under both the Fair Housing Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, landlords and property managers must provide a reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities, including those who suffer from an emotional and/ or mental illness.
Rental housing that does not ordinarily permit animals to live in housing, must make an acception for those who have been diagnosed with an emotional/ and or mental illness and have the proper ESA prescription. Furthermore, although the ESA owner can be charged for any damages done to the property if done by the ESA, the ESA owner and tenant cannot be charged pet rent or pet deposit.
What is the difference between an ESA and a service dog?
An ESA is for people who have been diagnosed with a severe emotional and/ or mental heath condition pertaining to severe anxiety, depression, or PTSD to name a few. An ESA is technically only supposed to be allowed in primary rental housing and/ or the cabin of an aircraft when traveling.
However, a service dog on the other hand is a highly trained animal to assist its owner perform specific tasks, such as seeing, hearing, and/ or walking. Unlike an ESA, service dogs area allowed to be taken into any public building or anywhere else for that matter; restaurants, coffee shops, banks, airplanes, grocery stores, etc.
If approved for an ESA, is my ESA allowed to be taken in the cabin of airplane when traveling?
Yes, absolutely, but we do always recommend that you check with the airline you are planning to fly with first just to make sure you have a clear understanding of what is needed so there aren’t any “surprises” at checkin.
Is my ESA allowed to be taken with me into public places?
Only if pets are allowed. It’s very important to understand that an ESA (Emotional Support Animal) is not a service animal. Your rights to have an ESA are only protected within your primary rental housing and/ or in the cabin of an aircraft when flying. ESAs are not allowed to be taken into public places where pets are not allowed such as coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, etc.
I heard with an ESA, I am cleared from having to pay pet rent and pet deposit. Is that true?
Yes. By having an ESA prescription letter from licensed medical professional, you get excused from having to pay pet rent and pet deposit. However, you will be responsible for any damages, if any, are caused to the property from your ESA.
If I use my primary care doctor to write an ESA prescription for me, will that work?
Yes, but what we have heard more often than not, is most of the time primary care doctors will not write a prescription for an ESA because they don’t believe in the merits of an ESA to help the patient cope with their illness. It’s also important to understand that a lot of medical professionals believe in writing prescriptions for medications because either they believe that such medication is the best method for their patient, or because they get paid every time a prescription gets filled. That’s a very poor way to look at it, but again, that’s what we have heard through the years.
Does The OnlineDOGtor.com work with licensed professionals?
Yes, absolutely! We only work with those who are licensed and in good standing with the medical board in the state in which their license was issued. We work with medical doctors, therapists, and clinical social workers.
If approved, will my ESA letter come from the OnlineDOGtor.com?
No. We are only a referral service so if approved, your ESA letter will come from the prescribing professional who reviewed your medical questionnaire submission and your ESA letter will come on their official letterhead with all of their contact and medical licensing information.
If approved, can I and my ESA letter be easily verified?
Yes. They can contact the professional who approved you to have an ESA directly, for all of their contact information will be included on the letter; Phone, fax and email.
Can I use my medical insurance?
We are sorry to say, but unfortunately insurance does not cover this type of service so no, we do not accept medical insurance at this time.
How much do you charge?
The nice thing about our service, is we actually have 3 different options to choose from. One of which covers only housing, another that covers only travel, and the third, which is by far the most popular plan people choose, as well as the most cost effective, covers both housing and travel! For the details on these plans, please refer to the “Pricing Plans” tab at the top of the page.
How can I make payment?
You can pay with any of the following: Discover, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
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