Emotional support animals can aid us in all kinds of ways. From providing companionship to giving us confidence and everything in between, it seems as though there’s nothing they can’t do. So how do we choose the best emotional support animal to suit our needs?
Think about space
Space is one of the biggest aspects to consider before welcoming an emotional support animal. Larger animals, such as many dogs and pigs, often require a lot more outdoor space than other support pets, such as rabbits, reptiles, or cats. Plus, smaller homes and apartments could be the perfect place for animals that don’t need as much room or live in cages so that everyone can remain happy and healthy.
Consider your time
Our support animals could be about to become the biggest personalities in our lives. However, we may not always have the time to care for them as we would like. Emotional support animals don’t have the same rights as service animals meaning we might not be allowed to take them to work or to the store. If you’re out of the house for most of the day, would you be able to commit enough time for long walks with a dog or cleaning up after a pig?
Plenty of responsibilities
One of the best things about having an animal in our lives is the fact we get to learn all about having responsibilities. Plus, they can often give us a reason to get up and active. However, these emotional support animals also rely on us as much as we need them. Dogs may need to be walked a few times a day to keep them healthy while smaller rodents could require regular cage cleans. Thankfully, reptiles and spiders often come with less responsibility than other animals.
Count your money
Here is a huge deciding factor to choose the best emotional support animal: do you have the budget to spend on the animal of your dreams? It’s not just the initial cost of the animal to consider, but any further costs along the way. Reptiles can often come with a larger initial bill but tend to cost less along the way. Dogs and cats can all be adopted from the shelter, but they may have larger vet bills throughout their life.
Know your limits
Perhaps you have a fear of rodents? A support rat might not be the best call. Maybe your parents are allergic to dogs? It could be time to leave them off the list, too. An emotional support animal is likely to become part of your family meaning there will soon be plenty of love to go around. As well as being able to give the animal the best care that you can, considering your lifestyle could help to make the decision all that bit easier.
Choosing an emotional support animal can be a huge turning point in many of our lives. The best bit? It no longer has to be as tough as it seems to find the right one for your needs.