Dog owners will soon have to pay for their pet’s lifetime food, and that will not just happen on a voluntary basis, but will become mandatory in a matter of weeks, the American Pet Products Association (APPA) said.
The APPA said it is now asking pet owners to do their part to make sure they get the best quality pet food.
In the meantime, it will no longer be a surprise to pet owners if they find that they need to pay the equivalent of about $2 a pound for the same product, APPA’s director of communications, Karen Miller, said.
The American Pet Food Association (APDFA), which is representing pet food companies and manufacturers in the U.S., has been lobbying for more than a year to include the word “pet” in its definition of pet food as a requirement. “
If you do get sick, you can still get your pet’s food.”
The American Pet Food Association (APDFA), which is representing pet food companies and manufacturers in the U.S., has been lobbying for more than a year to include the word “pet” in its definition of pet food as a requirement.
“Pet food manufacturers have long said that they want to make their pet food more nutritious,” Miller told Reuters.
“But for years, it’s been difficult for pet owners who were already struggling to find the right formula to know that their pet will be paying the price for that.”
The APAPA, which represents pet food manufacturers, pet food producers and pet food suppliers in the United States, said its pet food industry lobbied for the change, which it said would allow pet owners “to get the most nutritious and highest quality pet foods.”
In a press release, the APPA called on the American public to “help ensure that pet food makers are not being forced to raise the price of pet foods in order to increase profit margins.”
APPA, the biggest industry trade group in the world, represents about 1.8 million pet food and pet nutrition companies and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
AAPPA has lobbied for pet food products for years to be more nutritious and to be free of added sugar and artificial flavors and colors.
As the industry fights to secure a $2 price increase for pet products, Miller said that pet owners are also “undermining the long-term sustainability of our food supply chain.”
“In a world of food scarcity, pet owners can no longer trust that the pet food that they buy is going to be safe and nutritious,” she said.
“It’s important that pet foods are made in a way that they will be able to survive a lifetime, and the American pet food marketplace needs to be a safe place for pet families to make pet food decisions,” Miller added.
Pets are the most expensive food in the American food supply, according to the APA, with food for domestic dogs costing more than meat and dairy, and for cats costing more expensive than other meats and cheeses.
Pet food costs about $1,400 per month for a dog, according a 2014 report by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Pet prices have risen sharply in the last decade due to rising obesity rates and a growing demand for animal protein, according the AVMA.
But Miller said pet owners could also be buying pet food from companies that are better prepared to deal with pet food shortages.
Some of those companies include Nestle, which has already launched its own pet food initiative, and Kraft, which will start selling pet food at pet stores and pet stores are expected to begin offering pet food in January 2018.
Other pet food brands have been making moves to make the food more affordable, including PetSmart and PetSmart Pet Food, which both offer free pet foods for new pet owners.
And pet owners may also be able make a purchase through other sources, including through retailers that are not affiliated with pet companies.
According to the Associated Press, pet manufacturers have lobbied to include pet food’s ingredients in their products and that’s likely to continue as pet food is more popular with consumers, according in a recent APPA report.