Supply Chain Issues Lead to Pet Food Shortages | Local News

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Stores in the Killeen-Fort Hood area are running out of pet food due to a shortage that has been going on since the start of 2021.

There’s no need to panic though; our furry friends will be fine.

The HEB on Trimmier Road in Killeen appeared to be running low on stock of large bags of dry dog ​​and cat food on Thursday morning. However, there was a moderate amount of small bags and wet or canned food.

Sam’s Club in Harker Heights was described as well stocked with dry and wet food by shoppers on Thursday.

The most out-of-stock foods in Bell County stores appeared to be large bags of dog food from mainstream brands such as Purina, Iams or Pedigree and wet cat food.

Customers who cannot find their favorite pet food have no choice but to purchase either wet food or different brands to meet their pets’ needs.

Shortages of ingredients, packaging materials, and shipping issues across the United States have left pet food companies struggling to keep up with increased demand, like many others. industries since the start of the pandemic.

Another scarcity factor is the increase in pet adoption since the first global lockdown in 2020.

A report by the American Pet Products Association showed that between 2021 and 2022, pet ownership increased from 67% to 70% of American households.

Additionally, the company found that 35% of pet owners were spending more on their pets in 2021 with online purchases for products such as food, toys and accessories, bringing the new total at 86%, based on last year’s survey respondents.

While there are many stores to buy pet food from, it can be daunting to go to multiple stores looking for a specific brand, only to find yourself empty.

If residents continue to struggle to find their favorite brand, they may slowly switch their pets to another readily available brand or seek out a canned food option.

It helps if residents can find brands with similar ingredients to their previous brand to make the transition easier, but most pet owners recommend not switching automatically. This can cause upset stomachs in pets and upset owners.

Residents can also look for other alternatives like homemade organic dog and cat food. It can be made at home with regular ingredients or purchased from trial sites.

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