Emotional Support Animal (ESA) letters are written by licensed medical professionals. Much like a medical prescription, they detail that an emotional support animal is needed for a specific mental health condition. If you’re wondering ‘can family doctors give ESA letters?’, this guide is for you. We’ll cover the basics of ESA letters, look at who can write them and detail their many benefits. We’ll also talk you through the quick and easy process with Pettable.
Can Family Doctors Give ESA Letters?
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What is an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?
Emotional Support Animals are animals who provide therapeutic benefits to their owners. Their physical presence offers huge levels of comfort and is beneficial for a range of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder and so much more. ESAs can be any legal domesticated breed of animal and popular species include dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, guinea pigs and parrots.
What is an ESA Letter?
An ESA letter is an official medical letter by a medical professional or licensed mental health practitioner operating in your state. These letters verify that your animal is necessary for your wellbeing and are vital when it comes to housing. Under the Fair Housing Act, landlords must make reasonable accommodations for ESAs and cannot unfairly discriminate against them living in the home with their owner. This is necessary for those wanting to move into apartment complexes that have a ‘no pets’ rule. Under law, ESAs are seen as medical aids rather than pets.
Read more on ESA laws.
Can Family Doctors Write ESA Letters?
Yes, family doctors can write ESA letters provided that they understand the process. While licensed mental health professionals are usually more familiar with the ESA process, some family doctors will happily write them. If you want to ask your family doctor for an ESA letter, book an appointment and tell them how your ESA supports your condition.
If for some reason they’re unable to write one however, don’t feel discouraged. Sometimes the best course is to work with a mental health professional in your state, and that’s where Pettable can help. Simply fill in our quick assessment and we’ll link you with a licensed practitioner in your state.
Who Can Write an ESA Letter?
Any legal and licensed mental health professional (located within your state) can write your ESA letter. This includes:
- Licensed mental health therapists
- Licensed, clinical psychologists
- Family doctors and physicians
- Licensed, clinical social workers
Who Qualifies for an Emotional Support Animal?
Anyone who has a mental or emotional health disability (that has been verified by a licensed health professional in their state) qualifies for an emotional support animal. While pet animals are often needed for companionship, ESAs offer therapeutic support. They are seen as a medical assistance animal since they can significantly improve mental health conditions by offering support, motivation and routine.
Many studies have shown their therapeutic benefits and can significantly improve daily functioning, counteract loneliness and alleviate mental health symptoms.
Get Your ESA Letter Online with Pettable
If you’ve struggled to get an ESA letter from your family doctor, don’t despair. While rejection can feel really tough, we can help you through it. The process is quick, easy and hassle-free with Pettable. Just follow a few simple steps, and your letter will be ready in no time.
Take Our Assessment
Answer a few simple questions so that we can determine your unique needs and connect you with a therapist in your state.
Attend a Brief Consultation
Meet with a licensed mental health professional in your state and get your ESA letter within 24-48 hours. The once off fee covers the consultation and your ESA letter which details why you need your ESA. If for some reason they don’t write one, you’ll get your money back. It’s therefore a stress free solution with zero financial risk.
Present Your ESA Letter to Your Landlord
Once you’ve got your letter, present it to your landlord. The letter is proof that your ESA is necessary for your wellbeing. It’s often dubbed as an ‘ESA prescription’ and as such, landlords cannot discriminate against you or your ESA.
The Bottom Line
ESAs are hugely beneficial to anyone struggling with mental and emotional health conditions. Their physical presence offers huge therapeutic support and helps handlers manage a wide range of mental and emotional health struggles.
If you need some help, we’ve got you covered. We’ll connect you to a licensed practitioner in your state and kickstart the ESA letter process.
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