Health Benefits of Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

Many people have heard of service training dogs. However, the notion of “emotional support animals” (ESA) is foreign to most people. In recent years, there has been an increase in awareness of the benefits of these pets.

If you are like most people, you may probably have come to know about emotional support animals when the news of a woman who was told to disembark from a U.S. Airways flight at Bradley International Airport with her emotional support pig broke out. According to the airline, the woman could not “control” her pet.

Jokes aside, there is no doubt of the value of these “furry friends”. Read on to find out some of the benefits of emotional support animals.

Emotional Support Animals Definitions

Before we continue, let’s look at some important definitions related to emotional support dogs.

Medical Detection Dog. A dog trained to help individuals manage complex medical conditions on a daily basis. These dogs can be trained to detect increased levels of stress hormones known as cortisol in people with high stress levels such as children with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit disorder and autism.

Mental Health Service Dog. A service dog that has been trained to provide … Read the rest