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Can a couple have individual service dogs?

If a man has PTSD and has a service animal, can his wife who has anxiety and panic attacks also have a service dog? Since her husband takes his dog with him and she has anxiety problems while they are both gone.


Asked by Member 1149198 on Jan 9th 2013 in Other Laws & Legislation
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Guest

Yes, as long as the wife is considered disabled by a doctor. But if the dog is to make her feel better while hubby is gone, then it sounds more like she needs an ESA..emotional support dog.
Try posting in the Service & Therapy Dogs forum on the main page. You will get more responses & clarification.


Member 904338 answered on 1/10/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Abby

Therapy & service dogs aren't trained or designed to treat a family but an individual's issue so if her illness is ALSO verified by a doctor, then she must contact those agencies that provide those dogs. If possibly pre-epileptic or seizure state puts her in danger to herself then yes she should also be CONSIDERED to own a therapy or service dog. It would be wonderful to have such a dog. Good luck


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Guest

Just for clarification...a therapy dog is not the same thing as a service dog or an emotional support animal. Therapy dogs are dogs which visit the elderly, schools and hospitals with their owners, to bring comfort to them. The have no public access rights, and visit by invitation only.
SD's and ESA's are dogs who provide services for their owner only. In the case of an SD, they provide tasks for owners who are legally classified as disabled and are allowed to accompany their owner anywhere. ESA's provide comfort, per a doctors prescription, within the home only. An ESA can be ANY pet and has no public access rights.


Member 641257 answered on 1/10/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer