March 10, 2015 By Christian Murray
Wespaw Pets, the Sunnyside pet store that opened on Queens Blvd in 2013, is expanding into the prescription drug business by 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, the owner of Wespaw Pets and Wespaw Pets Pharmacy, said his goal is to bring pet owners “high-quality customized prescriptions at affordable prices.”
He will be opening the new pharmacy with plenty of experience as well as the support of many Sunnyside residents.
“I am a registered pharmacist who has worked with animals and 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.”
He said that there will be a pharmacist on site who will be able to answer pet owner’s questions and will be able to provide specialized advice. He 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 medication. The method is often determined by the veterinarian in consultation with the pharmacist.
The drugs are made on site specifically for each pet, he said. Each prescription has to be written by a veterinarian.
He said that residents who are looking to use his service should E-mail him to find out how they can transfer their existing account– or open a new one.
He said he can be reached at [email protected]