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.
If they cut the grass back I think it would almost be form of cheating really!" Fellow Englishman Casey added: "There's a dog near the scoring area with a little jacket on it saying Emotional Support Dog. I feel like I need that after playing this course."
Oregon Lawsuit Alleges Emotional Support Dog Mauled Girl at Airport
Delta said in January that there had been a spike in the number of reported animal incidents in recent years, including urination, defecation, biting, and a high-profile 2017 mauling of a passenger by an emotional support dog.
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.
David, who recently needed a new emotional support dog, immediately picked out Snoopy after seeing her picture.
"But people try to game the system by saying, 'I really need this emotional support dog or pig or horse.' ''
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.
According to HUD's charge, a resident in the mobile home community who has difficulty sleeping and experiences severe anxiety as a result of a 2009 home invasion asked WHMC to waive its "no pets" policy and allow him to keep an emotional support dog that assists with coping with his disability.
Service dog, assistance dog, guide dog, seeing-eye dog, hearing dog, mobility assistance dog, seizure-alert dog, police dog, search-and-rescue dog, drug-detection dog, bomb-detection dog, working dog, therapy dog, visitation dog, emotional support dog, sport dog, show dog, hunting dog, companion dog, and pet are examples of various labels given to dogs in our society.
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.
For example, a resident with severe depression who needs Fido, an emotional support dog, is entitled to an exception from a no-pets rule as long as he or she can verify with a doctor's note that the animal is necessary to ameliorate symptoms of the resident's disability.