An emotional support animal (ESA) can be hugely beneficial for those suffering from a wide range of mental health issues. ESAs can help with anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and can bring comfort to those who are feeling lonely or isolated. There is a wide range of potential ESA options, from more common pets (such as dogs and cats) to more unusual choices – miniature horses and pot-bellied pigs, to name but a few. The ever-increasing range of ESA options available means that nowadays, there is an ESA to suit everyone – including those with mobility issues.
Mobility issues should not hold you back from getting the help you need. While some ESAs require more care or exercise than others, there are many options available for those with reduced mobility. The following list should give you some inspiration, and provide examples of how ESAs can suit your needs. Read on to find out which ESA is best for patients with mobility issues.
1. Small dogs
While larger or more active dog breeds, such as German Shepherds or Border Collies, may not make an ideal ESA for someone with reduced mobility, there are many other breeds of dog that do not require as much exercise or attention. So what is the best dog for someone with limited mobility?
Smaller types, such as French bulldogs or Chihuahuas, may not require as much exercise (although they do need some). However, daily exercise for many dog breeds does not need to be in the form of long, tiring walks – it could also be something like of chasing a ball around the apartment.
Bear in mind that if you would prefer a dog to another type of ESA, there are many types to choose from, so don’t let mobility issues deter you from getting the right ESA for you.
Hamsters make wonderful ESAs for those with reduced mobility. They are small and easy to handle, and they live in a cage that takes up little space. Hamsters can get their exercise from a wheel in their cage and/or a hamster ball, which can be used indoors. They sleep a lot, are relatively inexpensive, and do not require lots of attention.
If you suffer from a physical disability that makes movement difficult, hamsters could be the perfect ESA option for you.
Rabbits can be a good choice of ESA for those with reduced mobility as they don’t require lots of walking. Rabbits often are happier in company, so it may be better to get more than one. While rabbits can live in small enclosures, many people “bunny proof” their homes and let their rabbits roam around indoors.
Rabbits can be incredibly affectionate and cuddly pets, but have an unfortunate reputation for wreaking havoc when unsupervised – chewing wires, or rummaging around in things – so they work best as a pet for those who are able to keep an eye on them. If you’re looking for a sweet animal to share your home with who doesn’t require much in the way of exercise, an ESA rabbit could be a good choice for you.
Cats are notoriously independent animals, so can make excellent ESAs for those with restricted mobility. They like to sleep or lounge around for large parts of the day, and can be very affectionate. There are many breeds of cat, so make sure you do some research prior to choosing your ESA cat to make sure you find the right one for you.
Cats are often very happy to spend their time alongside their owners in the comfort of their home, and do not require walks (though many are happy to do their own thing outside for part of the day or night). Cats are common ESAs, so it’s easy to find the necessary equipment for cat ownership in your local pet store.
5. Guinea pigs
What is the best low-maintenance ESA? Guinea pigs would have to be close to the top! They make good first-time pets, so are perfect for those who are less experienced in animal ownership. They don’t require lots of space, as they can be kept in a modest run or enclosure, and don’t demand lots of attention from their owners. They are gentle creatures with sweet temperaments, so make good pets. This makes them a great choice for those with limited mobility.
There are so many ESA options out there that the world really is your oyster when it comes to choosing one that suits you. However, those with reduced mobility should steer clear of animals that require lots of exercise, and those with high levels of energy. Low-maintenance options such as those listed above make fantastic ESAs. With so many exciting options out there, reduced mobility should not stand in the way of you getting the support you need from an ESA.