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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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Emotional Support Animals In South Dakota And Their Importance

More and more people are diagnosed with various kinds of mental disorders every day. Some people are dealing with illnesses such as depression, postpartum, anxiety, and panic attacks. Fortunately, there are effective support options available such as emotional support animals. These animals don’t only provide you with greater relaxation but they can actually help alleviate symptoms of mental issues.

The first thing you need to do is discuss the option with your psychiatrist. Your doctor will then need to run a few tests in order to diagnose your mental state. Once diagnosed, he will provide you with a certificate that states your mental condition and need to have your own emotional support animal. The certificate must have a letterhead, license number, type, and date issued. You will need to get your certificate renewed every year in order for it to remain effective. Once receiving your letter, you will finally be able to enjoy its benefits.

If you wish to travel abroad and bring your emotional support animal with you then you can do so. Make sure to send the airline a copy of the letter from your doctor 48 hours before your flight. This way the airline will have enough time to make necessary seat arrangements. On the day of your flight, you and your support animal will be given a chance to check in ahead of other passengers.

If you wish to bring your emotional support animal into your apartment you must provide a copy of the letter to your landlord. Your landlord is not allowed to refuse your animal and should not ask any further questions regarding your mental state. They also are not allowed to charge you with any additional fees.

You can also bring your emotional support animal to school with you as long as you send the school a copy of the letter with a recent picture of your support animal. This must be done 60 days before your arrival. This allows the school to have on record the proper documentation.

You can have all these amazing benefits and privileges once you find the best emotional support animal provider for you. Through your provider, you will learn much more about this support process and how it can truly help alleviate your stress.

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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