With nearly 10,000 locations across the country, CVS has grown to become one of the largest pharmacy chains. And while bringing your pup with you to pick up prescriptions would add to their convenience, a customer services representative recently confirmed that the current company policy prohibits dogs from entering their stores.
The one exception to this policy is service animals, which the CVS representative clarified as applying to both dogs and miniature horses. In this instance, they are allowed in stores.
How Can My Dog Qualify As a Service Dog?
According to the American Disability Act, a service dog is “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” Dogs can be trained by their owners or by a professional dog trainer to pass the Public Access Test, which is required for qualification.
One thing to note, however, is that federal law does not require service animals to have a special vest, identification, or proof that they’re a service dog. It also prohibits companies from requiring owners to provide documentation for their service dog.
What Should I Do if My Dog Isn’t a Service Dog?
If your dog does not qualify as a service animal, then one alternative would be finding locations with a drive-thru service. This tool on their website helps you locate CVS drive-thrus.