America’s pet food makers are hard at work producing food and treats for our dogs and cats! PFI members take seriously their responsibility to provide the sole source nutrition that pets need. This includes adapting additional practices or measures to ensure social distancing at their facilities to help keep employees safe. Across the country, nearly all state governments had declared that pet food manufacturing and other pet businesses were essential at the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued guidance listing this sector as essential.
Pet food manufacturing was designated as an essential sector since early in the COVID-19 pandemic and PFI members maintain modified operating protocols to help ensure a safe workspace. While pet food manufacturing continues, shoppers may occasionally find that the immediate availability of certain products can vary during the pandemic.
A product’s immediate availability can be impacted by factors such as weather, which can slow the distribution of goods across the country. In addition, pet lovers spending more time at home with their dog or cat may want to purchase pet food in larger quantities than normal. In order to help minimize additional strain on distribution, PFI strongly encourages shoppers to only purchase the food they would regularly need. Be assured that PFI members are working to safely produce food for your pets, and we recommend contacting the individual company for assistance regarding a specific dog or cat food product.
Pet lovers should ensure they have at least two weeks’ worth of food while only purchasing the amount of food they regularly would need. We recommend also checking with your veterinarian about ordering any prescriptions ahead of time, and ensuring you have sufficient essential pet products such as cat litter. When bringing food home, it is important to still follow recommended storage tips and guidelines to keep it safe. Pet owners should also continue to follow sound sanitary practices when interacting with pets, including washing their hands with soap and water.
We also remind pet lovers to have a plan in place for their dog or cat, and determine who can care for your pet if needed, such as family, friends or a trusted pet sitter.