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So... You Want an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?

I have had several people over the years ask me about writing them a letter for an ESA. It's an amazing concept and there is research out there that can support the positive benefits that pets can have on a person's health; some of those benefits can be decreasing stress, lowering blood pressure, and increasing your mood. You can read an example of that research here. There is also research on service animals and they can be trained to help support those with disabilities. However, there is really no research or evidence for an ESA specifically, and how they can support those people with emotional stability. While having an animal companion may be beneficial, let's look at some of the criter

 

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