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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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ESAs in Tennessee

There are numerous approaches and medications for people struggling with mental health issues and disabilities. Some can be very effective but there are also some that can actually aggravate the signs and symptoms of mental conditions. If you or someone you know hasn’t found the right approach to deal with your mental health you should consider obtaining an emotional support animal. Emotional support animals arent only able to help and support you when having an attack but their presence alone is proven to help alleviate symptoms.

The truth is that owning a pet can actually provide happiness and relaxation to just about anyone. Just their presence alone can be calming to those who have mental health issues. Emotional support animals are also trained to provide emergency assistance. These animals provide companionship and help their owners relax when sensing an attack coming.

Although it is up to you what kind of emotional support animal you want, most people prefer to have dogs. Breeds such as labradors and golden retrievers tend to be the most popular but people have also had pugs or poodles as their support animal. The love and warmth an animal provides to its owner can truly help the patient progress on their present mental state.

A service animal is different from an emotional support animal. Service animals have formal training and are allowed in public. If the handler goes to an establishment like a hotel or store, they are permitted to bring their service dogs with them. This kind of animal is trained to help the patient detect its present and upcoming conditions such as attacks or faint spells. Emotional support animals don’t have the same formal training and tend to be more like household pets.

By law, if you are going to fly and travel you will only be allowed to have your emotional support animal with you if you have the letter from your doctor, preferably by a psychiatrist or therapist. It is important that the letter has its letterhead, the doctor’s signature, license number, type of specialist, and get it renewed every year. Once you have this letter, you must send it over to the airline company 48 hours before your departure so that they can make any necessary arrangements. Once they have confirmed it with your doctor they will make a seating plan for you and your emotional support animal.

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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?

Is the OnlineDOGtor.com on any social media?

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