Coronavirus and Pets

Read the latest on the impact of human coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak on the pet food industry, supply chains, trade shows, conferences and dog and cat health. To date, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), there is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this human COVID-19 pandemic outbreak or that they become sick. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different companion animals could be affected by the COVID-19 virus.

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4 pet food trends post-COVID: type, retail, package, value

The humanization of pets and their expanded role as companions during the pandemic may act as a bulwark against pet owners lowering their quality standards.
A panel of pet food industry professionals discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic would affect dog, cat and other pet food market trends, along with other prevailing movements in consumer demand.
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Refrigerated wet pet food sales higher than pre-pandemic

As of August in mass market retailers, refrigerated pet food sales had dropped from their COVID stock up spike of 51.7% growth down to 13%, but it stayed positive and returned ahead of year over year growth rates that they saw previous to COVID, 44.1% compared to 32%.
As of the four weeks ending August 8, refrigerated wet food had reached a higher sales growth rate than before the pandemic in pet specialty retailer outlets and in food, drug and mass market channels.
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