Emotional support Animals (ESAs) provide support and comfort in terms of companionship and affection to people experiencing various mental disorders. Domesticated animals, like dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, hamsters, and birds, are typically chosen as emotional support companions. However, others can also go for pets, like snakes, horses and chicken, if they derive comfort from them.
ESAs are not the same as service animals as the latter are trained to perform certain tasks that benefit the disabled person. Instead, they are solely meant for providing unconditional love and emotional stability by alleviating symptoms of mental conditions, like depression, anxiety, mood disorder, bipolar disorder, phobias/fear, panic attacks, and other various emotional and psychological conditions.
Bringing home a new emotional support animal is a big and exciting decision that needs careful preparation beforehand. From grooming to bedding to toys and bowls, here we will be looking at all the basic accessories you will need to keep your emotional support animal happy, content and healthy.
Grooming equipment is a must-have, especially if you are opting for a dog or cat as your ESA. You need to establish a habit of regular maintenance and grooming early in your ESA’s life to avoid resistance later. Following are some of the most commonly used cat and dog brushes:
Most pets, especially cats and dogs come with the risk of worms, fleas and ticks that can make their life miserable as well as yours. Luckily, it is easier to do it with the help of medicated shampoos and collars that prevent tick and flea infestation.
Your ESA will be helping you with your mental condition throughout, so it is only fair that you provide the right accessories, a comforting environment to live in, and the proper pet health care.