Why only some pet owners will be impacted by animal food shortage

Pet owners in Massachusetts are becoming aware of a shortage of food for their beloved…

Pet owners in Massachusetts are becoming aware of a shortage of food for their beloved animals, which is a growing problem nationwide.From aluminum shortages that impact canned packaging to labor shortages in warehouses and the trucking industry, the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting what pets are getting for dinner.”We’re on the phones daily with our suppliers and they’re trying to get the inventory as best as they can,” said Dan Lavalle, manager of Pet World in Natick.”It’s tough on everyone, so we’re doing our best to try to get product in a timely manner. But it’s a matter of containers being stuck out in the ocean,” said Eric Sives, a sales representative for Farmina Pet Foods. When it comes to combating pet food shortages, Lavalle suggests that a little bit of variety can go a long way.”Try to give your animal some different options to try so you’re not stuck one particular flavor. Get them to try another flavor by that company,” Lavalle said.Domestic pet food products are less likely to hold up in the shipping process. The stock of internationally-made pet foods, like Farmina, can depend on where the products are shipped through. Sives said Farmina’s products are made in Italy and Serbia, so they ship pet food to the East Coast. Therefore, the company has fared better than brands that have to ship through bottlenecked ports on the West Coast.Industry experts believe the sporadic pet food shortages will last for about another month or two.

Pet owners in Massachusetts are becoming aware of a shortage of food for their beloved animals, which is a growing problem nationwide.

From aluminum shortages that impact canned packaging to labor shortages in warehouses and the trucking industry, the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting what pets are getting for dinner.

“We’re on the phones daily with our suppliers and they’re trying to get the inventory as best as they can,” said Dan Lavalle, manager of Pet World in Natick.

“It’s tough on everyone, so we’re doing our best to try to get product in a timely manner. But it’s a matter of containers being stuck out in the ocean,” said Eric Sives, a sales representative for Farmina Pet Foods.

When it comes to combating pet food shortages, Lavalle suggests that a little bit of variety can go a long way.

“Try to give your animal some different options to try so you’re not stuck one particular flavor. Get them to try another flavor by that company,” Lavalle said.

Domestic pet food products are less likely to hold up in the shipping process. The stock of internationally-made pet foods, like Farmina, can depend on where the products are shipped through. Sives said Farmina’s products are made in Italy and Serbia, so they ship pet food to the East Coast. Therefore, the company has fared better than brands that have to ship through bottlenecked ports on the West Coast.

Industry experts believe the sporadic pet food shortages will last for about another month or two.