What Is A Doctor’s Note for Service Dog?
- Is your dog a service dog?
- What significant task does the dog perform for your well-being?
Essential Components for Service Dog Doctor’s Note Template
Before we move over to the other aspects of a doctor’s note, we first need to understand the various components that are involved with it. And this becomes slightly complex when we consider the factor that all such notes are quite different from one another. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find notes from two different doctors which are exactly similar to one another. However, there are certain aspects of every doctor’s note which are bound to be the same. These aspects include:
- Title – The title refers to the details which appear at the top of the doctor’s note. Usually, it is with this text that we are able to officiate the doctor’s note. The title used could be anything, ranging from the name of the organization, or terms such as Authorization for Leave, Certification of Medical Record, etc.
- Organization Details – Quite self-explanatory, this section contains the various details of the organization such as the name of the organization, its address, and Pincode. Apart from this, if required, it could also contain the name of the doctor’s department within his organization.
- Contact number for the organization – Beneath the organization details, one or (preferably) two contact numbers are provided. If required, these numbers can be used to contact the organization in cases where people need to verify the validity of the note.
- Date – Again, quite self-explanatory, this section contains the date on which the doctor’s note was drafted.
- The person concerned – This is the section that comes in after the date. It is reserved for the name of the person towards whom the doctor’s note is directed. More frequently, the words “To whomsoever, this may concern” are used, such that the note can be used to refer to a broader audience.
- The letter of permission – Now, this section is the most important section in the entire doctor’s note. It is here that the doctor specifies the entire existing dilemma and provides his approval for the patient to get a service dog. Moreover, it also states the reasons why the said person needs to have his/her service dog on his side at all times. It is this permission that provides the maximum weight on the entire doctor’s note.
- Salutations and signature – Finally, the doctor’s note ends with a section reserved for the salutations and the signature. A lot of times, doctors want to display certain information prominently at the first glance. If there be such a need, this information is provided beneath the signature, preferably in bold.
Approaching A Doctor For A Service Dog
“But am I eligible for a service dog?” This is quite a common question which every person has while seeking a service dog. And, answering this quite easy as well. However, people tend to complicate the situation a lot.
The Case of An Emotional Support Dog
Up until this point, we were discussing about the various aspects of owning a service dog. However, not every person is eligible to be granted a service dog for their needs. As aforementioned in the last paragraph, you should be legally differently-abled. So, if you’re not legally disabled, you will not be supplemented with a service dog, come what may? So what should you do, in such cases, when desperately need a companion? Quite simply, you opt for an emotional support dog. Now, you might be wondering what emotional support dogs are. In layman’s terms, emotional support dogs provide companionship that is formulated as an emotional benefit to an individual who has been afflicted with some emotional disability. With the companionship and support, such emotional support dogs are used to alleviate a person’s condition to a certain extent. These emotional support dogs are prescribed only by mental health professionals and only when you’re certified to be having some emotional disability.
The Difference Between A Service Dog and An Emotional Support Dog
Now, they might seem quite similar, but service dogs and emotional support dogs are highly different from one another. You might have already encountered one difference in the aforementioned paragraph. Emotional support dogs can only be provided under the permission of a certified mental health professional such as therapists, psychologists, etc. However, there are a few other differences as well. These are:
- The service isn’t merely a pet or a companion. They are working animals that are physically trained. Conversely, an emotional support dog provides a comforting and calming presence for the owner. They aren’t trained to provide any specific tasks or are directed towards a specific group of people.
- Secondly, it isn’t mandatorily for a service dog to be accompanied by a doctor’s note. Even places with no-pets policy admit service dogs on a no questions asked basis. However, the same cannot be said for emotional support dogs. It is required that you provide a doctor’s note along with them. This is because such animals have been vastly abused in the past.