As many of you have probably already noticed, the recent COVID pandemic has led to a pet food shortage that could last until 2022. Shortages in raw ingredients, packaging materials, and problems with shipping across the US means that pet food companies are struggling to keep up with the increased demand from 2020.
What does this mean for veterinary hospitals?
As a veterinary hospital, we are struggling with an ever-changing list of both feline and canine pet foods that are on backorder or only available in very limited supply, especially canned food. For example: Purina NF Early Renal and varying over-the-counter Proplan products, Hills K9-z/d dry and Feline metabolic canned, and Royal Canin HP and HP Moderate and GI Low Fat Dry for dogs and SO dry, canned, and treats for cats are currently on backorder.
This list changes on a weekly basis. Products we may have been able to get 1 week ago, may no longer be available today. For this reason, we will no longer be able to fill large pet food refill requests in hospital.
What does this mean for you as a pet parent?
Pet food companies have prioritized who gets what foods first. Direct to pet-parents online orders (autoship and onetime purchases) take priority over veterinary hospital and retail chain stock orders. This means that when a pet food becomes available direct to pet-parents orders get filled first.
We are recommending all pet parents switch to online ordering through one of our two online purchasing options: For Hills and Royal Canin pet food visit: https://funkstownvet.vetsfirstchoice.com/ or for Purina Pet food products visit: https://www.proplanvetdirect.com/.
If your pet’s food is on backorder long-term, we will help you switch your pet to an equivalent prescription food. If you need to switch your pet to a different type of food we highly recommend switching to a new diet slowly. Transition your pet over from their current diet to the new one, as illustrated in the image below. This transition will allow time for your pet to adjust to its new diet.