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Service Dogs are classed as DME (durable medical equipment), just like a wheelchair, oxygen tanks, crutches, cane, etc. A good rule of thumb is if any of these are allowed to go--so is your service dog.
In-addition: if your medical insurance covers any DME's, they by common terms should cover the cost of your service dog, feeding, training, vet-bill and like wise. Just as they would cover the maintenance of a wheelchair, or refilling an oxygen bottle. However we have found no-law requiring an insurance company to cover such terms on a service dog. If you have medical insurance ask them what they cover for DME's--if they do not cover any cost of your service dog you may want to contact your ADA--attorney.
There is no law requiring you or your dog to where a "Service Dog" bid. The FBI even says wearing such a bid actually marks you as a potential target to criminals. Even though--in most states--assaulting a service dog is a felony, a criminal does not care about the charges. So We recommend you do not have your dog wear a "Service Dog" bid all the time. Yet understand you will be challenged more when on the Service Dog Status going in to places. We also recommend have a bid on hand, so you can use it when you want to.
There is alot of misconceptions about Service Dogs and everyone thinks they know the law--so be understanding and patient of the ignorant. When your Service Dog Status is being challenged be "thoroughly vage"--remember the only 2 questions you may be asked. If the company ask for anything else they are violating the ADA-laws.
As a "Service Dog," everything involving out-of-pocket expense is now a Medical Cost, which in-addition to your insurance should cover (by common terms of DME) is now a medical tax deduction. That's right food, vet-bill, etc... Contact your accountant about the status.
It is good to have your Doctor's Prescription, prescribing a service dog to assist with disabilities they may list the disabilities if you want them to. Understand this prescription is only good for 2 years in most countries.
When traveling, the US Federal Laws only adhere to US States and Territories. When traveling outside the US it is your responsibility to contact the foreign embassy to find out their laws and requirements.
Most air-travel requires a 14-day Vet Check Up and Clearance to board a plan with your dog. Remember one thing; its better to have it and not need it and then to need it and not have it. Also contact the airline company and see what they require of your Service Dog. Times like this is a good time to have you "Service Dog" Bid, to help make your life easier.
There is currently a lot of abuse and mis-use of Service Dog Status. In most states it is a "misdemeanor" crime to mis-represent your dog as a Service Dog if not--like wise it should be.
As stated above "better to have it and not need it" over document your Service Dog Status, by training, doctors prescription, (SSI) disability documentation, etc...
There is a difference between a Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and a Working Dog. A working dog is a Search and Rescue and like wise. Therapy Dogs are the ones that got into hospitals and likewise. A Service Dog is a one person base dog to assist with disabilities.