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Does CVS Allow Dogs Inside? Is It Dog-Friendly? (2023 Store Pet Policy)

Whether you’re popping into your local CVS to pick up a prescription or just to do a bit of shopping, you might be wondering if you can take your dog with you.

Are dogs allowed in CVS stores? Yes, dogs are allowed in CVS some stores as long as they are well behaved an on a leash.

As you can see, CVS is a pet friendly store at some locations, and you should be able to take your doggo inside with you at some, but not all, locations.

Of course, things may vary at your local CVS store.

Keep reading to learn more about the pet policy at CVS.

Is CVS Dog Friendly?

My grandma lives in a small town in Tennessee and always takes her little Chihuahua, Princess, with her on trips to the local CVS near her house. So, I always assumed that CVS allowed people to bring in pets.

Many retailers are pet-friendly, meaning that they allow pet owners to bring pets of all sorts onto the premises. Unfortunately, some retail stores are not pet-friendly locations.

However, CVS is a dog friendly store at many of their locations. But it does vary from store to store.

Some CVS locations let customers bring their dogs into the store, as long as you keep your dog on a leash and he is well behaved and not bothering other customers.

Other CVS locations only let customers bring dogs into the store if the dog is a service animal. This does not include emotional support animals.

A CVS employee at a Missouri store had this to say:

One thing I do is ask if it’s an emotional support animal. They usually excitedly say yes and at which point you can inform them that emotional support animals are not protected under that statute.

The overall attitude toward pets in the store varies depending on location.

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Here’s what a CVS employee in Texas had to say:

We don’t do anything, actually call ourselves a pet friendly store. As long as the animal is behaving, my SM doesn’t care…We mainly don’t say much because it’s pretty warm here and don’t want them leaving them in their cars. We are also in a residential area so lots of people stop in on their walks.

What Is The Official Policy On Dogs At CVS?

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an official policy at CVS in regards to if pets are or are not allowed in the store.

Of course all CVS stores have to allow service dogs in their stores because Federal law in the United States says that they do.

But where thinks get murky concerns pets and emotional support animals.

As of January 2021, there is no official policy from CVS corporate regarding pets in their stores.

This means that you have to check in with your local CVS store to inquire about their policy since we have no way of knowing if dogs are allowed at your local store.

Does The Dog Policy Vary Across CVS  Store Locations?

Yes, it definitely varies from one CVS store to the next.

Some CVS stores are pet friendly and even have dog treats at the registers for your doggo.

But other CVS store locations strictly forbid dogs that are not service dogs.

As a result, you have to inquire at your local CVS store instead of relying on a nationwide policy – because one does not exist for CVS stores.

The Final Word

The best advice we can give consumers is to avoid bringing non-service animals to CVS locations.

Such individuals should bring verification or certification if they do have a service animal, and they would like to bring the service animal into a CVS location.

Of course, some store managers are more accommodating to pet owners, so your doggo may be allowed at your local CVS store location.

We hope you’ve gained a full understanding of the rules and practices regarding dogs at CVS locations throughout the USA.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to the company, or your local CVS store, for more specific and detailed information.

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