Pet shops and homeowners feeling influence of pet meals scarcity


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Should you’ve gone to the pet retailer not too long ago, you might have seen the cabinets are emptier than normal.

Native pet shops, corresponding to Paisley Paw, says they’re seeing the influence of the pet meals scarcity.

Proprietor Robin Snelgrove mentioned they’re taking their greatest hit on canned cat meals.

Snelgrove has owned the store for 7 years. She mentioned the by no means had an issue getting pet meals earlier than the pandemic.

“Now we have bother with the canned cat meals, the uncooked frozen meals, typically getting that, and we’ve bother with a few of the dehydrated or freeze-dried meals,” she mentioned.

Jakie Hodge has two canine and says she’s seen when attempting to get meals for her pets.

“Completely. Fortuitously, the variety of meals we purchase we often can get. However, I’ve been in pet shops earlier than the place lots of the cabinets have been empty,” mentioned Hodge.

She mentioned some homeowners are having to change their pets meals.

“Typically a canine simply doesn’t adapt nicely after they swap meals. So, it makes it troublesome for the pet, makes it troublesome for the proprietor,” she mentioned.

Snelgrove mentioned she thinks it may very well be an issue with the businesses getting components or canning firms having an excessive amount of of a requirement. However, she says not all suppliers are having this downside.

“In the event that they’re ready, we appear to get these meals faster and so they don’t appear to expire of inventory,” mentioned Snelgrove.

The Paisley Paw orders weekly to get as a lot in inventory as they will.

“It’s irritating, typically, and go weeks with out having the ability to get it,” mentioned Snelgrove.

Tim Smith mentioned he’s been checking for meals at Petsmart. He says he can’t at all times discover what he’s in search of.

“It’s irritating, you ask them when the product is coming in and so they can’t provide you with any date,” mentioned Smith.

Smith mentioned it’s vital for him to seek out the precise meals, as a result of he has a canine that has to get a particular form.

“Gastrointestinal, it’s prescribed by a vet. In the event that they don’t have it, then I even have to go to Greenville to attempt to discover it,” mentioned Smith.

Snelgrove mentioned they’re doing their greatest to maintain meals going from her cabinets to your pet’s bowl.

She mentioned some methods they keep a step forward are staying in fixed communication along with her distributors and retaining an inventory of all of the issues her prospects get for his or her pets.

Some native pet shops within the Spartanburg space the place you possibly can verify for meals to your pet are: