Are you interested in having a Service Animal?
- Have you ever owned a dog before?
What are you interested in having your Service dog trained to assist
you with related to your PTSD or TBI
- It is good to do some research on what Service dogs can assist with so you are informed, just like purchasing a car this is an investment in you and you want to make the most of it
A good resource for terms definitions and information is;
- Do you own your own home or rent?
- If so for how long?
- Some Organizations look for stability in your housing situation as a part of their application process
Do you have a fenced in yard or park nearby that you can take
your service dog to get exercise in?
- Dogs are born to work for a living. They've worked alongside us for thousands of years, and most are bred for a particular purpose, like hunting, herding livestock or providing protection. Dogs in general need ½ to one hour of exercise a day
Do you have a plan in place for care for your dog in the event of an
emergency (ex. need to be hospitalized for a surgery)
- Service Dogs are not allowed places where the general public is not allowed (ex. an inpatient unit). It is recommended that you have a plan of care (written out) with a trusted family member, friend or local shelter in the event of an emergency
Have you familiarized yourself with the Americans with Disabilities Act and
- This is a Nice FAQ sheet about the law and Service Dogs prepared by the Attorney General's Office;
Do you have your DD 214 and award letter from the Veterans Benefits
Administration (if you are Service Connected)
Many Organizations ask for a copy of your DD-214, to verify you are
a veteran. Some organizations also ask for either a copy of your
award letter from the Veterans Benefits Administration or a letter
from a provider, to verify you have Service Related Injuries.
To obtain a new copy of your DD 214 you can go to;
- To obtain a new copy of your DD 214 you can go to;
- To obtain a new copy of your award letter you can;
- Call the VBA helpline 1-800-827-1000
- Visit VBA officer, Mary Murrin on 3rd floor C Wing
- Many Organizations ask for a copy of your DD-214, to verify you are a veteran. Some organizations also ask for either a copy of your award letter from the Veterans Benefits Administration or a letter from a provider, to verify you have Service Related Injuries.
- Are you aware of the average cost of owning a Service Dog?
Yearly Expense Type of Expense Food and Treats 250 - 700 Toys 25 - 150 Beds 50 - 200 Leashes and Collars 20 - 50 Grooming 30 - 500 Routine Veterinary Care 500 - 1000 Preventive Medications and Supplements 100 - 300 Training Classes or Resources 25 - 300 Petsitters or Boarding 100 - 300 Yearly Total $1100-3500 Average Monthly Cost of Owning a Dog $90-290
Can I bring a service dog to the VA?
- Service dogs are allowed in the VA. If you have a question about service dogs in the Albany VA Medical Center, please contact the VA police at (518) 626-6750.
Will the V.A. pay for a service dog?
- At this time the VA only covers care for Routine annual veterinary visits and devices (e.g. harness, vest) AFTER your Primary Care Dr. has placed a consult TO PROSTHETICS for evaluation ONLY FOR 1) blindness, 2) deafness, 3) mobility, 4) seizures related to your service. Research is currently being conducted to expand for PTSD/TBI
Owning a Service Dog is a big commitment, depending on breed
as 40% of dogs live over ten years with some breeds living as
long as 20!