As you now know, I recently took my dog Chelsea on her first plane ride. Before leaving, I had to acquire an emotional support animal letter for flying and have a medical professional fill out a form given to me directly by the airline. This is a new requirement for many airlines which allow you to bring emotional support animals and service animals on flights.
Of course, I waited until the very last minute and needed to find a doctor online who offered a 24-hour turnaround. I also didn’t want to get screwed over by paying for an ESA letter only to learn that it’s not legitimate once I got to the airport. Apparently, that’s a common problem with these kinds of services.
Not only is forging a medical prescription letter illegal but if you’re caught, you can end up with felony charges and a considerable fine. Additionally, you won’t be allowed on your flight with your pup, even if you had no idea that your letter was a fake. It’s this reason that I did a ton of research, ultimately leading me to use Steady Care Medical.
Different from service dogs, emotional support dogs are there to assist those who suffer from mental health issues. If you’ve been diagnosed with any of the following conditions, then you will likely qualify for a prescription for an emotional support animal.
After taking a short 10-minute questionnaire on Steady Care Medical’s website, I was quickly notified that I qualify for an emotional support animal. I paid the $89 fee for an ESA prescription letter and to have a medical professional fill out the required airline form.
To complete my order, I was told that a medical professional would be calling me to discuss my condition and fulfill my prescription in half an hour. Unfortunately, it took them about two hours to actually get in touch with me. I had to reach out to their online support team to remind them that I was waiting.
When the doctor eventually called, she claimed it was a busy night. Since they’re based in California and I’m in New York, it was pretty late at this point. I saw this as a benefit though, as I’m a bit of a night owl.
The doctor asked me numerous questions about my medical history as well as how my dog assists me with day-to-day activities. While emotional support dogs don’t require any official training, they do need to provide some kind of service. This can be things such as giving you a reason to get up in the morning, recognizing when you’re upset, and helping you sleep.
My phone connection with the doctor was awful, but the conversation overall was relatively quick. We were disconnected once, but overall, it was done in just 15 minutes. She sent me my ESA prescription letter just a few minutes later and the document required by the airline in under an hour. The doctor also mailed me the original documents which I received in about a week.
After sending the documentation to the airline, Chelsea was approved for travel in less than a day. While I brought both of these documents with me to the airport, I didn’t need to show them to anyone. Chelsea and I were able to get to Florida and back without a problem!
Even though I had to wait longer than expected for the doctor’s phone call, I highly recommend using Steady Care Medical. Getting an emotional support animal letter for flying was far easier than I ever imagined, and we were able to enjoy our vacation stress-free!
Note: I am in no way affiliated with Steady Care Medical nor do I receive any compensation for purchasing their services.
I’m Rose! Get lost with me as I travel the world with my spoiled dog Chelsea in hopes of accidentally uncovering a few hidden gems along the way. Far from being considered a planner, it’s not uncommon that we stumble upon both the best and the worst of what this world has to offer.
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