If you have decided that you need an Emotional Support Animal, you are going to open your life to a unique and rewarding relationship. People who have an ESA tend to be happier, more independent, and feel more secure than those who do not have an Emotional Support Animal. It is important to choose the kind of pet that best fits your needs and lifestyle.
Talk to other family members and agree on what qualities you want in a pet and what qualities you would prefer to avoid. In the case of dogs, man’s best friend is represented by countless breeds or combinations of breeds, each with different personality traits. If you’re looking for something smaller or with less energy, a cat or rabbit might be right for you and your family. Let’s look at a few questions to ask yourself when looking for the perfect pet.
Whether you live in a small apartment or a large house with a backyard
The size of the pet best suited for your home largely depends on this. For example, a cat or caged animal may be more suited for apartment living than a large dog.
How much time the pet will spend alone each day
If you’re away from home most of the day and aren’t going to hire a babysitter or use daycare, you’re better off choosing a pet that doesn’t require much attention than a dog.
Having young children
Do you have small children or someone weak who might be knocked down by a large dog? Perhaps a smaller animal would be a safer option.
How much molting you can tolerate
Certain breeds of dogs and cats shed less. You can choose a pet that doesn’t molt at all, such as an iguana or a snake.
When choosing an Emotional Support Animal, be honest with yourself about the lifestyle you like and the kind of animal you would like to care for. If you have doubts about caring for a large animal, start small by getting a fish or a small caged animal. See how it suits you, and move on.
Get connected with a licensed healthcare professional to obtain an ESA letter