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 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.