March 10, 2015 By Christian Murray
Wespaw Pets, a popular Sunnyside-based pet store, is opening an animal pharmacy in Astoria.
The pharmacy, which will be located at 37-15 23rd Avenue, will cater to all pets—from dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles and even fish. The new location will be called Wespaw Pets Pharmacy and will open on Monday, March 23.
Sam Abdrabouh, who is the owner of the new pharmacy, said his goal is to bring pet owners “high-quality customized prescriptions at affordable prices.”
He opens the new pharmacy with plenty of experience as well as the support of western Queens residents.
“I am a registered pharmacist who has worked with veterinarians for years,” Sam said. “I’m hoping that all the people who have been kind enough to support me at Wespaw Pets will think about me for their pet’s prescription needs.”
Wespaw will have a pharmacist on site who will be able to answer pet owner’s questions and provide specialized advice. Sam said that this one-on-one service is a key factor that differentiates his service from others.
Sam said he selected Astoria as the place to open the pharmacy since “it is in the heart of western Queens and is very accessible to Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.”
He said that he will provide same-day service for medications that are in stock and will deliver them within hours.
However, in rare cases, where a complex prescription needs to filled —or a medication is not readily available–it might take up to three business days, he said.
He said that some medications, depending on the pet, may have to be administered as a flavored liquid, or a flavored treat or even a transdermal cream based on the willingness of a pet to take its medications.
The method is often determined in consultation with a veterinarian. The drugs are made on site specifically for each pet, he said. A veterinarian must write a prescription been an order can be filled.
He said that residents who are looking to use his services should E-mail him to find how the can transfer their existing account—or open a new one. He said he can be reached at [email protected]