Emotional Support Animal Supplies

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**Please note that as of 2021, most airlines no longer recognize emotional support animals. You must check with your country’s laws and regulations to see if ESAs are still accepted for travel. As of writing this, Icelandic Air is one airline that accepts ESAs**

If your dog is your emotional support animal and you plan to fly together, there are a few things that can make both of your flights easier.

Related: Steps To Get An Emotional Support Animal

Supplies For Your Emotional Support Animal

Emotional Support Dog Vest

People love dogs and people love to pet dogs. Even when they aren’t supposed to.

In order to stop people from reaching out to pet/play with your ESA, I suggest getting a “Do Not Pet” vest. This vest will let people know that your dog is “on the job” and isn’t to be pet.

Fleece Blanket

The floors of airplane can be a bit drafty. Since your ESA will lay at your feet, you should have some kind of blanket they can curl up with to keep warm.

A great thing to do is to sleep with the blanket yourself prior to packing it so it has your scent on it. Even though you will be right there with them, it will still help your pooch relax in flight.

Dog Diapers

Some airlines require you to have dog diapers, especially for longer flights. Accidents can happen and it’s best to be prepared for them as much as possible.

Pee Pads

You should also carry a few pee pads with you in your carry-on so that during layovers, you can set one up to allow your dog to go to the bathroom. Some airports don’t let you leave to find grass on layovers, while some will have rooms specifically meant for service animals to go to the bathroom. You will need to call ahead and find out what your airport has.

Food and Water Dishes

Whether your flight is long or short, you should still bring a dish for your dog to have some water in case they get thirsty. It’s very easy for people and animals to get dehydrated while flying! These collapsible water and food dishes are great and compact for traveling!


And of course, you should bring some food if the flight is longer, and some treats. You can also buy water once you are past security, or ask for some water on board.

ESA Certificate

Lastly, don’t forget to bring your Emotional Support Animal certificate! Your airline may ask to see proof that your dog is certified to be flying with you.

I hope this list provides you with an idea of all the items you should bring for your Emotional Support Animal on a flight with you.

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2 thoughts on “Emotional Support Animal Supplies”

  1. I have a letter from my physicist making my dog a ptsd support dog how do I register him and where??

    • Hi Lesley, all you need is the letter from your physician. That, in itself, is the “Certificate”. Some airlines also require additional training so you’ll need to contact the airline you plan to travel with beforehand to see what they require. Otherwise, if you need your dog to be with you in other public spaces I highly recommend looking into registering him/her as a service dog to assist you with your PTSD. Service dogs can accompany their owners in many more places than ESAs (to my knowledge, ESAs are only allowed on airlines and even then, airlines are not legally obligated to allow your ESA to travel with you vs a service dog). All the best.

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