emotional support dog/cat/etc.

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emotional support dog/cat/etc.

A pet officially certified by a doctor or mental health professional to travel with one in order to provide some manner of comfort or emotional support (typically relating to a mental health condition). The specific type of animal is named after "support" Can I bring my emotional support cat with me on the plane?
See also: cat, dog, emotional, support
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An American Airlines flight attendant needed five stitches after being bitten by an emotional support dog on Monday during a flight from Texas' Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport.
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An emotional support dog, or comfort animal, is a pet that provides therapeutic support to a person with an emotional or mental illness and must be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional for a person with these conditions.
An emotional support dog isn't required to perform any specific tasks for a disability.
To verify a dog as an emotional support dog, documentation in the form of a letter from a health care provider or therapist is required.
"Louie is an emotional support dog and he comes with me wherever I go, whether it's to the doctors, the dentist, the supermarket or the hospital," she said.
For example, an emotional support dog may indeed provide some type of comfort or assistance to an individual with a psychological disorder, but it may or may not meet the legal definition of a service dog.
More specifically, military patients respond well to the animal interaction and with less concern whether a service dog has public access; whether an emotional support dog's efficacy can be proven; or whether a therapy dog fosters rehabilitative care.