SAN ANTONIO — For the past two years, the Pet Food Crisis has hit PetSmart stores, grocery stores, pet food distributors, online retailers and local veterinarians across the country.
This is the second year the crisis has hit San Antonio veterinarians.
In 2017, the situation was the worst in more than a decade.
San Antonio Veterinarians Association president and veterinarian Teresa Eulenburg said in the past few years, pet owners have lost thousands of dollars because they couldn’t find the pet they had purchased.
The organization says pet owners who don’t have a veterinarian to treat their pet are paying more for pet food because they can’t get one.
Eulenburg says veterinarians have been asked to help solve the pet supply shortage.
“The number of pet owners in San Antonio has gone up by more than 50 percent, so it’s a really big problem.
I’m just saying we’re really lucky, because we can’t do this alone,” she said.
Veterinarians say San Antonio is the worst pet food shortage in the country because of a lack of supplies.
In addition to the shortage, veterinarians say the PetFood Alliance has not been providing pet food for years because it has been unable to get enough money from the federal government to cover costs.
The Pet Food Alliance has been operating in San Marcos for the past 12 years, but it’s been forced to close because of the crisis.
“We have a great relationship with the Petfood Alliance, but we’ve had to close our doors because of this crisis,” Eulenberg said.
PetFood Alliance president and CEO Robert M. Glynn said they have made a commitment to continue supplying pet food to San Antonio.
“I know it’s not going to be easy to find the supplies that are needed, but I know that PetFood has the resources to make that happen,” Glynn told ABC News.
The pet food industry is struggling financially.
The Pet Food Association has a lot of staff who are going to go out and do some great work for us, but in the meantime we’re trying to make the most of what we have, he said.
The PetFood Association and other pet food companies say they need the federal funding that comes with the pet pet food rebate program to pay for the pet supplies they need.
However, PetFood says pet food rebates are not enough to cover pet supplies.
“Pet food rebated is not enough for us to get all the pet foods we need,” Erucci said.
“Pet food is expensive.
And it’s time that we get some of that pet food back to pet owners and put them in the position of actually eating and getting better health.”
PetFood said it has had to shut down some of its stores in the last year because the supply was too low.
It also has a limited number of facilities in San Antone to stock pet food.
PetFood is not the only company struggling with pet supplies shortages.
There are more than 1,500 pet food retailers in the U.S.
The Petfood Association estimates that more than half of the petfood businesses are struggling to stay afloat.
Some are also struggling to get pet food into the homes of pets that are sick and need it, Petfood CEO Glynn says.