The economic crisis in Venezuela isn’t only affecting human supplies of food and medicine, but pet shops also are struggling to keep their shelves stocked.
A combination of falling oil prices and a decaying state-led economic model has the country suffering chronic product shortages, according to a report.
Feed manufacturers have had to slow or halt operations, causing shortages in pet food supply.
Police departments are rationing their food for their police dogs, as are pet owners. Animal shelters have had trouble finding homes for stray dogs and cats, as well.
Purina’s Venezuelan division says it had reduced the variety of pet food products it offers to maximize its scarce raw materials and continue supplying the market. Purina says its local production has returned to full capacity after raw materials shortages forced it to slow output recently.
By Deisy Buitrago CARACAS, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Venezuelan pet shops are struggling to stock shelves with food and medicine due to economic crisis, forcing dog and cat owners to stretch feed and police to ration food for canine units.
While cat trends continue, the pandemic has added to overall slow-growth treatment of the cat food market.
Premiumization and humanization, as well as automation, fueled continued operation growth in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.