QuestionsCategory: Purity in IslamService Dogs for Mental Health Conditions
Marouf asked 12 months ago

Salam,
 
I wanted to ask if service dogs are permitted in Islam for anxiety. My sister suffers from severe anxiety, panic attack disorder and depression. She has attended many CBT and counselling sessions with some but limited improvement. She is 15 years old.
 
She can be provided with a psychiatric service dog trained specifically for anxiety and panic attacks, which would also act as an emotional support animal. 
 
Would such a dog be permitted in the home? I understand that service dogs are permitted in Islam but am unsure of service dogs for mental disabilities.   
 
I’d really appreciate your insight.
 

Many thanks, 
 
M