Emotional support animals are an excellent way for you to get the therapeutic benefits that you need to help you with ailments such as post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, depression, anxiety, mental disorders, and more. As you consider getting an support animal, there may be a few concerns that arise. One of the most common concerns among those that are seeking support animals is what type of animal qualifies and whether there is a specific breed that may not qualify. These considerations usually specifically apply to animals such as cats and dogs. Below is exactly what you need to know regarding cats and dogs as support animals.
There are currently government regulations in place that designate what is and what is not a support animal. The statute indicates that “any” dog or cat can be a support animal. This means that there is no regulation on what breed of cat or dog you need to limit yourself to. You can essentially choose any type of breed that you see fit. However, keep in mind that while you can choose any breed, it does not mean that any breed is a good idea. There are certain breeds out there that make better support animals than other breeds.
Dog and Cat Breeds
When you are searching for a support dog, there are a number of breeds that are available. In general, you want to choose a breed that is compliant, mild tempered, and gentle. A rowdy and hyper type of breed can cause you trouble and can also lead to more anxiety than therapy. In addition, if you are living in an apartment complex, then this issue is more important than ever. Your landlord must accommodate your support animal needs, however if the animal is causing trouble and is being too rowdy, then it may override your need for a support animal and you may be removed from the housing.
These types of considerations also apply to cat breeds. You want to choose a cat breed that is gentle and helpful, not harmful or rambunctious in any way. The more mild and clam the animal is, the easier it will be for you to enjoy the animal and to derive a therapeutic benefit.
Furthermore, after you choose your breeds, remember to keep the certification on you at all times and also make sure that it is not expired. You have a one year limit to renew the certification.Read More
Americans with disability act (ADA) defines a service animal as a guide dog, signal dog or other animal trained to provide help to a disabled individual. If any animal meet the definition, that animal is considered as service animal under ADA regardless of state licence and certificate. They are no ‘pet’. People prefer dog for this purpose because in some public places, only dogs are considered to enter. However, the animal can be monkeys, horses, birds etc. People with difficulties such as physiological and psychological can take the help of trained service dogs. Many training institutes provide training to the animals for different purposes. A trained service dog can also help children also. It can change someone’s life.
Know what a service dog can do:
If a person have hearing difficulties, a service dog can help. A service dog recognises the sounds of door bell, door knock, fire alarm, telephone etc and then alerts the person. If a person has trouble in moving due to multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid degeneration etc, a service dog can be helpful. A trained service dog can open and close doors, answer telephone, helps pulling wheelchair, carry objects, open and close refrigerator etc. Such dogs can keep away unwanted people by barking aggressively. They help children with Autism by supporting and binding. The dog also helps interacting socially by improving social involvement and communication skill etc. Psychiatric service dogs can reduce depression, panic attack and helps in social interaction by boosting confidence and reducing anxiety.
Rules to fly with such animal:
There are some rules to take your service dog with you during travel. A properly formatted prescription letter is required mentioning that you are at present his/her patient. The specialist is treating you for your difficulties. Your healthcare provider needs to write a formal letter regarding your disability and your dog’s role. Also you must contact the legation for translation of the letter in the language of the place you will visit on an official letterhead, signed by an official. You will need to provide the original certificate for the translation. Keep copies of original documents and ask for it once the translation is over. The process may take some time. Also keep a record of all the officials you contacted. Also keep the address phone number of your healthcare professional.
Trained service dogs are allowed in cabin for disabled individual. The animal needs to be seated in the floor in front of customer’s assigned seat not anywhere else. Documentation is required for international travelling. The animal must be well behaved and follow owner’s direction. Your animal is needed to be seated in the floor place below your seat. No animal is allowed to occupy passenger’s seat. Passengers with disabilities are provided seating accommodation at the first point of contact. Passenger with disability is always entitled to pre boarding if you notify the gate agent. Requirements of the different places are different. Your travel agent will be able to assist you to find out the requirements for your destination.Read More
Clinical depression is a serious medical illness. Individual with such depression faces difficulties in performing their daily activity. Patients feel hopeless for a long period of time. It is not feeling sad and hopeless for a few days. It is not a sign of personal weakness. It affects your mood, thoughts, behaviour and body. It changes eating habits, thoughts towards one’s self, ability to work etc. Such patients often stop interacting with other people and stay aloof. It may even influence patient to attempt suicide.
Anyone can suffer from the disease. It is very common but most of the time it is unrecognised and untreated. Depression varies from person to person. Depression looks different in men and women. Younger people experience different type of depression than older people.
There are different levels of such depression. Psychiatrists are trained to treat such depression. Patients start to feel better in few weeks with right treatment.
There are different forms of clinical depression.
- Waking earlier than usual
- Over eating
- Much less eating
- Lack of energy
- Loss of pleasure in activities
- Concentration difficulty
- Neglecting daily activity and responsibilities
- Persistent sadness
- Crying for no such reason
- Feeling helpless
- Feeling guilty
- Thoughts of suicide
Types of depression:
- Major depression:
Major depression disturbs patient’s ability to work. It can occur once or several times.
- Mild depression (Dysthymia):
It is less intense and less severe. people feel mildly or moderately depressed. Sometimes people experience major depression with Dysthymia. It is known as ‘double depression’. However, the signs of Dysthymia are often unrecognisable.
- Bipolar disorder or manic depressive illness:
Patient sometimes feels overly happy and overactive. Sometimes there is feeling of sadness reducing normal activity.
Cause of depression:
The reasons of depression are not clear. It is quite complex. Mostly it is due to the combination of genetic, environmental and psychological factors. Regardless of cause, depression is always treatable. However, depression occurs due to chemical imbalance of brain. Researchers suggest that depression is linked to the functioning of chemicals in brain. The antidepressant medicines work on the inhibitors of brain such as serotonin, dopamine etc. Brain chemistry is involved in depression. Biological changes and environmental changes influence the chemicals secretion and functioning of brain.
How to recover:
It is a very common form of mental illness and often serious too if untreated. Pets, especially dogs are the best ones to help you out from depression. They help to remove all the negative thoughts from his/her maser’s mind. This is one of the best therapies. This way in such depression medication no kind of medicines are required. Dogs can help recover from depression through easy ways that and to overcome himself/herself from the situation.
- They increase social interaction and avoiding loneliness
- They help you in the household chores
- They are always with you, and give you unconditional love
- They bring responsibility in you.
Persons with disability have equal right to housing as those without disability. Disability can be physiological or emotional or mental. Animals can assist persons with disabilities. A person often faces difficulties if rents housing with ‘no pet’ provision. However, federal laws allow persons with disability to keep an animal in spite of ‘no pet’ provision in the housing. Disabled persons are entitled to logical accommodations under federal laws. Court has held a no pet waiver provision which is a rational accommodation for a disabled person. If a landlord do not allow a service animal in rental housing for a person who qualifies under the laws, then the landlord violates the laws. To qualify, a person must have a qualifying disability. The tenant must request a no pet waiver policy from the landlord and request the accommodation. Service animal is not a pet but you need to notify the landlord before further conversation on rent. Housing regulations and public access regulations are not same.
Laws that allow persons with disability to keep an animal despite ‘no pet’ provision in the housing:
Fair housing amendments Act of 1988, section 504 of the rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title 2 of American with disabilities Act protect the right of people with disability to keep service animal in spite of landlord’s policy of prohibits pet because service animal is not a ‘pet’. The American disability act does not limit the type of disability even if the service animal is trained by you according to your requirement.
Documents asked by landlords:
Where the landlord has no pet policy in housing, you need to submit a letter requesting a convenient accommodation and making an exception to the rule. Persons with disabilities get service animals but they need to show proper reasons for getting a service animal. The landlord would ask for a proof of disability. A proof that the animal is trained may also require. Landlord can ask for a written copy of examinations by the physician. As long as the tenant has a prescription mentioning disability and animal assistive support, it would allow the support animal in the housing. Law make the landlord to make an exception. It is not compulsory to disclose one’s disability to the landlord. In spite of providing all the required documents, if the landlord tries to terminate someone’s residency, there are criminal penalties as fines or jail time for making false claims. It is always preferable to find a housing that allows and accepts pets happily in order to avoid these hassles.
In spite of the laws landlord may refuse an animal:
Landlord can refuse a service dog based on breed. If a landlord can show that allowing an animal of certain breed in the housing would increase his insurance premier or cause his insurance to discontinue, then the landlord’s refusal is a burden on you. Some landlords are exempt from fair housing amendments Act. The housing law is not applicable in some cases such as buildings with fewer units where one unit is occupied by the landlord, publicly owned and government owned housing, Section 8 housing etc.Read More
It is known to all that exercise is good for health. However, a majority of people make excuses to fit exercise into their daily routine. Exercise increases your overall health and well being. Exercise is a great stress combatant. It keeps your heart healthy. You inhale more oxygen that helps to reduce stress hormone releasing mood enhancing chemicals. Behaviour factors contribute to emotional benefits. You earn a sense of self confidence and pride.
Endorphins are often called happy hormones. Any type of physical activity helps to release good neurotransmitters. It helps in combating all negative effects of stress. Endorphins gives a feeling of joy, appetite modulation, enhance immune response. Exercise pumps up endorphins and increases productivity of neurotransmitters that provide you a feel good effect. It improves your mood. It also helps to combat mild depression and anxiety and increases self confidence. It improves sleep and gives you an overall command over your body. Exercise helps you to forget your problems and days irritation. Good exercise reduce stress hormone to help you feel calmer. Positive endorphins that exercise releases help to maintain positive outlook subsequently. Endorphin is body’s natural painkiller and mood elevators.
An exercise program starts with a few steps:
- Consult with your physician. What exercises you should do and what should not, depending upon your health condition. Inappropriate exercise can result in reverse effect. Hence, you must need to consult your physician.
- Walk before start running. Your fitness level needs to build gradually. It is not a rapid process. According to department of health and human service, a healthy adult need to spend 150 minutes a week in case of moderate aerobic activity such as walking or swimming. In case of vigorous activity such as running, 75 minutes in a week is enough. For beginners, it is always advised to start with moderate exercise. Regular aerobic exercise brings significant changes to your metabolism. Mental benefits of aerobic exercise have neurological effect. It reduces levels of stress hormone, such as cortisol and adrenaline.
- Exercise according to your capability. If you are unable to walk 30 minutes at a stretch, try to walk 10 minutes 3 times.
- Any form of exercise helps and increases your fitness level. Do what you love because you need to enjoy what you are doing. Different forms of exercises include walking, jogging, yoga, bicycling, stair climbing, swimming, weight lifting etc. Whatever is the form of exercise you choose, that must be done in the proper way.
- Your schedule must have a morning workout one day and an evening workout the next day. Make your exercise program an ongoing priority.
Exercising with pets
Yes, this might sound unusual to you. However, a pet is a best companion even in workouts. You can simply take your dog out in a park and in fresh atmosphere twice a day, this will help you to relax and breathe fresh air as well. In addition to this, you can make your dog run along with you, this is beneficial again. Lastly, play hide and seek and fetching games with your dog, they will automatically energize your body and soul.Read More