Pets offer more than unconditional love; from lowering blood pressures, to reducing depression, studies show owning a dog or cat offers an array of physical and mental benefits. Today, we find therapy pets in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and prisons, boosting dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins.
The Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a pet used to provide individual therapeutic benefits lessening or mitigating symptoms of an emotional disability. Emotional Support Animals are prescribed through an ESA Prescription Letter. The letter will state that the person is “emotionally or psychiatrically disabled and the presence of the animal is necessary for the disabled person’s mental health.”
ESAs have been proven effective in relieving symptoms of depression, post-traumatic disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety. Studies have shown health benefits in lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, reducing feelings of loneliness, providing more opportunities for exercise, more time spent outdoors, increased socialization, and an improvement in overall mental health.
For more information about ESAs, please call our office.