After reading a heated post on a local Facebook page this morning — regarding puppy mills and the puppies purchased (or being sold) at Selmer’s Pet Land in Huntington — I felt like I needed to make a public statement.
First, to answer the largest question regarding my involvement with Selmer’s Pet Land: It is ZERO.
- I do not own any part of that business.
- I am not the veterinarian that they use to check out their new puppies or pets.
- The store does not refer pets to my integrative veterinarian practice.
- The store doesn’t pass out flyers telling Huntington Station pet parents to visit my animal hospital.
- The store does not even sell my book.
So, other than by blood relation and last name, I am in absolutely no way affiliated with the store and have no influence over any business practices of the store.
In the earliest days of my veterinary career, I saw pet patients a couple Sundays a month on the premises of Selmer’s Pet Land. While “big veterinary medicine” continues to move in this direction (Example: Banfield setting up shop in PetSmart locations) I quickly learned that pet parents needed to have a stand alone veterinary hospital for their pet care needs. This deliberate separation of space — which happened in early 1996 — was done to build trust and rapport with my clients and to be sure that my integrative (holistic) veterinary clinic wasn’t assumed to be affiliated with this (or any other) pet store.
I practice veterinary medicine and am one of only 32 practitioners in the nation to be certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. I love what I do, and I love my patients and their two-legged parents.
Many of my clients ADOPT their pets.
Some buy their pets — either looking for a specific breed, temperament, size, sex or age.
And I support them all.
To be clear, I do not support puppy mills, and do not recommend buying from them.
The REAL connection between my veterinary practice and Selmer’s Pet Land is that pets are “in my blood.” I grew up at the store, and determined early on to become a pet doctor…. to provide ideal health for our Long Island family pets.
If you’re looking for a vet that has relaxed appointments in a zen atmosphere, provides holistic treatment modalities — like acupuncture, herbal therapies and more— as well as standard veterinary care, I hope you’ll come and check us out. (Or at least read our testimonials from your neighbors who trust us with their best friends.)