A mental health professional prescribes emotional Support Animals to patients experiencing different emotional disabilities. ESAs are usually cats and dogs but can include other domesticated pets, like birds, fish and hamsters, and offer their owners/handlers constant companionship and unconditional love (dogs) that in turn help alleviate the symptoms of their condition. In short, these little animal friends offer emotional support. However, there comes a time when these same animals may also require emotional support, and why not?
Animals feel just as much as humans do so it is not a surprise that they also get the occasional blues. As a responsible owner and a good human being, it is your job to not make everything about yourself and pay attention to the emotional needs of your ESA. Let’s look at some of the signs that may indicate that your emotional support animal could use a little emotional support himself.
Once you have confirmed your ESA needs emotional support, it is time to get cracking. Here are the top 4 ways you can treat anxiety, depression and lack of purpose in your pet.
Exercise is a great way to boost the immune system because it activates the lymph system. The lymph system’s ducts, vessels and nodes are capable of killing and filtering any unwanted bacteria and free radicals that may be making your ESA emotionally unstable.
Not every ESA will respond to music, but some will be deeply engaged when their favorite tunes come on. Plus, music can be quite effective at healing the emotions, which is just what your ESA needs.
An emotional support animal whose mind is idle will be more subjected to depression due to boredom and inactivity. Stimulating their minds is a fun way to ward off anxiety and stress. For dogs, a good way is to spread delicious pet treats all over the place and watch them work their noses. To grab attention of your cat, you can use feathery, bouncy plush toys and watch her go nuts with excitement.
We know, easier said than done, especially when you are going through a lot, but remember your actions and overall energy can affect the emotional health of your ESA. If you get abusive during your bouts of anger and excitement, know it is not fair to your pet. Try to not give your little friend too much of a hard time.