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I'm not sure why your fiancee needs a dog to be an ESA and why her cat couldn't suffice, but that's irrelevant. There's no recognized registration for ESAs. A registration or certification for an ESA is about as useful as a piece of toilet paper in court. Don't waste your money, and instead focus on the real ways you can prove you need an ESA like a letter from your mental health care professional.
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Like Kristen said, you can ask your landlord to let you get a dog as an ESA and let you keep her cat, but he can say no. The only time I can really see a landlord being forced to allow multiple ESAs, or ESAs in addition to a pet, is if there are multiple people in the home who all need individual ESAs, or if the individual who needs the ESA is a roommate to someone who has a pet (and even then I don't know how that would fly).

Landlords generally have the right to kick out any and all pets, under any and all grounds. He can't say no to your fiancee getting a dog as an ESA if she has the documentation from her healthcare provider, but he certianlly can tell you she has to get rid of her cat. Pets aren't protected by law, and unless he's violating your lease somehow by revoking the privilege to have a pet, he can stipulate that her cat has to go, once he learns you want to keep three animals in the house, or at any point really.

If I were you, I'd avoid coming at this from a legal angle and ask politely and earnestly BEFORE you get the dog, if he would make your fiancee get rid of her cat if she were to need a dog as an ESA. If he says yes, then you know how he feels, and can make the decision between getting a dog as an ESA and getting rid of her cat, or keeping the cat as a pet and putting off getting a dog.

You're not just asking your landlord to make a reasonable accommodation in allowing the dog as an ESA, you're asking he allow you to keep the cat which isn't protected. Pets don't have a legal right to reside with their owners, even if the building is generally pet friendly.

The cat is a pet, and what he decides to tell you regarding the cat is entirely up to him. There isn't any law that says he can't revoke the privilege to have a pet because you have two ESAs, even if it seems discriminatory to you.

Be up front with him, ask him how he feels, and if he says he'll make an accommodation on the dog but the cat has to go, that's about all you can do. You may be able to argue that she needs both animals, but those are rough waters to navigate legally.
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You can do it if your landlord agrees.  It doesn't particularly matter whether you get it as a puppy.  An ESA is basically a pet being used in a treatment plan for a person with disabling mental illness.  If your fiancée is mentally ill and her therapist or psychiatrist feels having this dog instead of a cat would be therapeutic for her then you could ask for an accommodation to have the dog. 

But the problem is that the landlord it sounds like would already allow her to have the dog since you are allowed to have pets.  So what you want isn't an accommodation, but to be allowed to have the accommodation PLUS keep the pet cat.  Does the landlord HAVE to grant that request?  No.  You can ask for it, and the landlord can agree, in which case all is well.  But if the landlord does not agree, you or your fiancée might have to choose which is wanted.

She should talk it over with her mental healthcare provider why it is that she wants to keep a cat she does not receive emotional support from and why the dog cannot fulfill the need for emotional support and whatever else it is she gets from the cat.  Then she and her medical providers can explain why having both is necessary to the landlord or she can make a different choice that meets her needs.

If she wants the dog for protection rather than emotional support, that's something else.  It would still need to be negotiated with the landlord.

There is no legitimate registration for emotional support animals, so don't waste your money buying anything claimed as such.  They don't have to be registered and being registered doesn't change whether or not the landlord has to permit them.  It's a reasonable accommodation.  No more or less.  You write a letter requesting the accommodation and explaining why you need the ESA related to your disability.  The landlord considers whether he is subject to the FHA or exempt, how this will impact his business, and whether some other accommodation might do and responds.  If the disability is not obvious, he can ask for medical proof of disability in the form of a letter from the treating physician.  And perhaps you negotiate back and forth a bit to iron it out and the finished product of the negotiation is the reasonable accommodation.  In the vast majority of cases having a dog or cat as an ESA is going to be considered a reasonable accommodation unless the specific individual animal is a problem because of it's behavior.  Just because one landlord agrees to an ESA doesn't not automatically obligate future landlords to accept it without having the same opportunity to inquire and negotiate.  So it's not as if an animal becomes an official accommodation and remains so forever even when you change landlords  It's a negotiation each landlord has with each tenant that requests it.
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Hello!

So first off, my Fiance and I both have one cat each, reaching the maximum pet limit in our LA county apartment that allows both cats and dogs. My cat is an ESA.

Now the confusing part.

My fiance has developed severe anxiety after moving here with me (we lived together for years before the move), and wants to get a dog as an ESA since most of her anxiety comes from being alone in a new city while I'm away on business trips. The problem being we would have the dog as a puppy before we could get it registered as an ESA.

Would we be able to do this, legally? Does it matter that the animals are owned by seperate individuals? How would we request this to our landlord?

Thank you so much in advance.
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Food and Nutrition / Re: raw for treats?
« Last post by Magesteff on Yesterday at 08:51:27 AM »
In my experience chiken liver is a higher value treat compared to chicken meat. Hobbes said so, and Spike and Max agreed with her. When she would eat nothing while in patient at the vet, she ate the cooked liver I brought as a special treat.
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It is not so much "dangerous" as it is different from scratches from other types of nails. The self renewing point on cats' claws means anything on the claw can be delivered deeper, and the way the nail sheds compared to other species nails means even a clean claw piece can be left behind deep in the wound causing an immune response to a foreign object, even if it is a clean object. Pus would still happen, just not at the surface of the wound.

One aspect of immune response is to wall off such objects, creating a hard spot that the immune system continutes to work on removing hor years. I have one caused by my cat Hobbes when she was a kitten. It is just now getting soft and clearing up... nearly 20 years later. 

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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: re: pancreatitis in dogs
« Last post by Emily on July 26, 2016, 09:18:31 PM »
Thanks you guys, I appreciate the well wishes!  Saco was discharged end of last week, and after a rocky first day home, began improving over weekend with a lot of care and attention.  Then unfortunately yesterday we needed to take him to Emergency for the 3rd time in 9 days. We just can't seem to get his abdominal pain and intermittent diarrhea under control. We are feeding him small, frequent (every 3 hours  6 a.m.-9 pm) of a special diet canned food. He's currently on 5 medications--Amanda created a medication & feeding chart for me, as it's confusing (and I'm exhausted cant think clearly).  I felt, and continue to feel, so bad for him, and wish I could take his pain away.  He is such a stoic dog, and patiently stands for all examinations/treatments the vets or I need to perform.   Needless to say it's been a rough week.

He's doing better today (we decreased the small volume of food we were feeding him even more, with vet's agreement) and is having less frequent episodes of severe pain.  Have follow up with Internal Medicine vet who treated him inpatient on Friday, hoping to see some more improvement before then...
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Food and Nutrition / Re: raw for treats?
« Last post by Summertime.and.Azkaban on July 26, 2016, 05:01:54 AM »
I don't think that he'd be in any real danger from such a small amount of raw beef, but it isn't exactly a great thing to carry around in a treat bag. I'd try some dehydrated chicken liver. It can get expensive if you buy it at the store, but you can get meat dehydrators relatively cheap on amazon, and raw chicken livers go for about $2 a cup here. Liver is pretty high value with my guys, and the amount of money I've saved on making my own training treats greatly outweighs the initial cost of the dehydrator.
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Food and Nutrition / Re: raw for treats?
« Last post by Kirsten on July 25, 2016, 11:57:32 AM »
Chicken liver, not chicken meat (muscle). Big difference to a dog.

He's probably old enough for raw if he's healthy. Tardis ate raw bones at that age. It is common to feed raw at that age. The issue is less bacterial and more dental with puppies once they're on they're own immunity.

If I were going to start a puppy raw I'd do it while they were nursing. Otherwise I'd wait past three months. There's a period of weakness in immunity during and following the transition from nursing. Tardis's first food at 4-5 weeks was raw hamburger in goat's milk. They wouldn't eat the premium puppy gruel. But at that age he was on mom's immunity.

Humans are at a much greater risk from raw meat than dogs are.
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Food and Nutrition / Re: raw for treats?
« Last post by ember on July 25, 2016, 11:44:42 AM »
I haven't tried string cheese. I tried cooked chicken and he liked it, just not more than chasing the cat. As far as public access. no. But he is only 5 months, so that in itself is a reason to not risk the raw.
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Food and Nutrition / Re: raw for treats?
« Last post by Kirsten on July 25, 2016, 11:21:22 AM »
If he won't be in public access or otherwise exposed to at risk people in the next month and is himself a healthy adult it should be fine.

Have you tried string cheese? It was Cole's #10 treat. Tardis's is fried chicken liver.
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