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Carprofen for Cats - Is it safe?


Carprofen for Cats - Is it safe?   Carprofen for Cats - Is it safe? We all want to provide the best medical care possible to our furry friends. Our cats can help enhance our lives with laughter and can act as support animals to ease our tension and distress merely by their presence - they take care of us, but when they are sick or injured we are left in the hands of professionals to take care of them -- this usually means being prescribed popular drugs that are now being proven to be potentia...

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The Benefits of Emotional Support Animals for Anxiety


The benefits of emotional support animals for anxiety   The benefits of emotional support animals for anxiety According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 18% of the adult population. Further, anxiety disorders, in most cases, are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.   The most commonly diagnosed form of anxiety is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), an...

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Flying with your Emotional or Psychiatric Service Animal on American Airlines


American Airlines welcomes support animals in the aircraft cabin and will work with you to make sure your travel day runs smoothly, however there are some recent changes in their policy that you will need to be aware of. Let’s review first the animals that are permitted, and then follow up next with American Airlines required support animal documentation you and your animal(s) will be expected to complete to fly with them in the cabin. In this article, you can also find common questions many p...

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Tips to Keep Your Dog Happy and Secure in a New House


  Tips to Keep Your Dog Happy and Secure in a New House Just as your new move likely caused you some moments of anxiety, moving to a new house can make your dog nervous and not himself. In addition to affecting a dog emotionally, uneasy feelings can lead to physical problems through poor behavior. In the flurry of activity surrounding a move, it’s important to consider how relocation can affect your dog physically and emotionally.   You know your dog best. Pay attention to how she respond...

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Traveling With Your ESA – A Handy Guide to New Airline Regulations


The Dos and Don’ts of Flying with an Emotional Support Animal Traveling with an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a wonderful way to reduce stress, calm anxiety and have a built-in travel companion. But if you’re not aware of the latest rules and regulations for flying with your ESA, you may be in for some unexpected surprises. As of this spring, there are some new laws on the books as well updated policies from every major airline.   Both increases in animal behavior issues on flights and...

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Animals and the Elderly: A Healing Combination


  As we age, we often find ourselves slowing down in life. While a bit of unwinding after a life well lived is not necessarily a bad thing, all too often the elderly find themselves depressed and lonely in their new, quieter lifestyles. For this reason, many choose to get a pet. According to Dr. Jay P. Granat, a psychotherapist in New Jersey, “Dogs and other pets live very much in the here and now. They don’t worry about tomorrow, and tomorrow can sometimes be quite scary for an older person...

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How Emotional Support Animals Help With BPD


Borderline Personality Disorder can be a completely debilitating disease that can creep in out of nowhere in your life. Any type of personality disorder can change the way you live your life drastically. With Borderline, however, the perceptions of the people in your life, as well as, the situations you find yourself in can turn upside down in a second. For some people, the only comfort they can find is with their pets. The animals that live with sufferers of BPD can be a stable source of ligh...

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Rules and Regulations About Emotional Support Animals


  Combating mental illness is no easy task, and an emotional support animal (ESA) can help to blunt the symptoms through companionship and support. Unlike service animals, emotional support animals help individuals with psychological challenges, conditions, and disabilities. Understanding the rules and regulations regarding emotional support animals is an important part of owning an ESA. Knowledge is power! ESAs in the United States are governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ...

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How to Travel with an Emotional Support Animal


  If you are one of the many people who suffer from a mental health disorder, traveling can be extremely stressful. If your disorder is prohibiting you from traveling, consider registering your dog or cat as an emotional support animal. Or if you don’t have a dog or a cat, now is a great time to consider getting one!   What is an emotional support animal? An emotional support animal provides support and comfort through companionship and affection to those who suffer from mental or emotiona...

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Flying With Your Emotional Support Dog: Tips, Tools, and Takeaways


  Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) provide therapeutic relief to sufferers of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and many other mental and emotional health conditions. Fortunately, regulations require airlines to accommodate reasonable requests for ESAs to travel onboard with passengers. The tips, tools, and takeaways below will help prepare you for your flight with your ESA.   Unlike other service animals who are automatically allowed onboard commercial a...

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How Carrie Fisher's Emotional Support Dog Gary Improved Her Quality of Life


Carrie Fisher was a champion of mental health advocacy, a role that will perhaps have a more lasting impact in the lives of her fans than her marvelous turn as everyone's favorite princess. In her years in the public spotlight, Fisher was incredibly open and brutally honest about her trials with bipolar disorder. Image credit: People Magazine Gary the Frenchie, A Spokesdog for Emotional Support Animals For four years, Gary was always by Carrie’s side. They went together everywhere – from t...

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How Emotional Support Animals Help ADHD


  Image credit: Jamie Woods Some of the most commonly diagnosed emotional disorders are centered around attention and activity. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects not only millions of children every year, but adults as well. The three core symptoms that are part of ADD and ADHD include: Difficulty maintaining focus Hyperactivity Impulsive behavior But the challenges that go along with ADHD are not limited to these three behaviors. The consequences of these d...

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Emotional Support Animals


There are plenty of things you might not have realized about emotional support animals (ESAs), even if you’re familiar with the basics. These wonderful companions can bring a great deal of joy and relief to the lives of those who struggle with a wide variety of issues from ADHD to panic attacks. Here are ten things that you didn’t know about emotional support animals. 1 - A letter from a licensed therapist is needed Many people don’t realize that emotional support animals are part of a lice...

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Social Phobia is Less Frightening with an Emotional Support Dog


Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, can make it impossible for an individual to live freely and fully. An emotional support dog can help those with social phobia learn to interact in the world more easily and with greater confidence.   What social phobia looks like There are so many ways that social anxiety disorder can manifest in life.  Some of these are physical reactions that occur uncontrollably in social situations. Physical symptoms make it challenging to interact in ...

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Benefits of an Emotional Support Animal


  There are a wide range of benefits for using an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) for people with a wide range of emotional challenges. Some of these benefits are surprising, and they include far more than mental health considerations even as emotional support is the primary purpose of these incredible animals.  Each of us is a whole package; physical, social, and psychological. These sides of our experience are intimately intertwined, with one side affecting the other in observable ways. Wha...

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The Basics You Should Know About Emotional Service Animals


Over the past few years, you may have noticed that more people are choosing to bring their animals along with them to various places such as the grocery store or even on an airplane. Unlike service animals who are animals trained to perform tasks for physically disabled people, emotional service animals (also known as emotional support animals or ESA’s) are those who have been prescribed to provide comfort and reduce negative symptoms of an emotional disability. If you are interested in making y...

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