PET owners and animal lovers will still be able to shop for food for their furry friends during the coronavirus crisis.
It comes as pet shops were listed as “essential” retailers that should remain open across the UK.
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Vets are also allowed to keep running, so you shouldn't need to worry about medical help for your pets despite the spread of coronavirus.
If you've been struggling to get pet food in your local supermarket, you may be considering going to a specialist pet shop or online retailer.
We'd recommend only visiting a store if you feel well enough to do so, and you may want to call ahead to check their availability.
While if you're thinking about ordering online, it's likely deliveries will be delayed at the moment due to increased demand.
Where can you buy pet food?
IF you're looking for pet food, you can try the following places.
Apart from checking your nearest supermarket, you may be able to order pet food from:
- Monster Pet Supplies
- Pet Planet
Is Pets at Home open?
Yes, Pets at Home stores are open although the company has now put measures in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The retailer says only a small number of people will be allowed into shops at one time, and you may have to queue outside while you wait to get in.
The number of shoppers allowed in will vary depending on the size of the store.
Pets at Home has also introduced what they're describing as "sensible purchase limits" although it hasn't said what restrictions are in place.
We've asked the retailer for more information and we'll update this article when we know more.
As well as this, stores won't be accepting cash – so you'll need to bring a card with you.
Shops have also temporarily stopped selling pets in store to stop people coming in just to look at them.
Today’s update from our CEO Peter Pritchard. We are here to provide essential food and veterinary care. These are uncertain times and we will do all we can to help you care for your pet. https://bit.ly/2UewFoL
Pets at Home says most of its 450 UK stores are open, but that opening hours will be reduced to give staff more time to clean and ensure shelves are stocked.
The new hours will be Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
The Sun has asked for a full list of those that are closing and will update this article when we find out.
You can check whether your local is staying open as well as its new opening hours using the store locator tool.
Pets at Home veterinary practices are also currently open as normal.
If you'd rather shop online, the Pets at Home website is still taking new orders, although delivery times are currently delayed.
A message on the website reads: "Due to high demand, orders may take up to 14 days to be delivered."
Pets at Home charges £2.95 for delivery on orders under £39.
Orders above this amount are free.
You can also still click and collect, but items may take up to 14 days to arrive in stores.
Is Fetch still delivering?
Fetch is the pet food store from delivery giant Ocado.
Sadly, Fetch has temporarily closed its online store to catch up on existing orders.
The company hasn't said when it expects to be up and running again.
Delivery from Fetch is free when combined with your Ocado order, or £6.99 on orders under £29, or £4.99 for orders over this amount.
Is Petshop.co.uk still delivering?
Yes, Petshop.co.uk is taking on new orders, although shoppers should expect delays to their delivery.
A message on the website reads: "Due to a high volume of orders, deliveries can take up to 14 working days."
The majority of items still appear to be in stock on Petshop.co.uk, but this might not necessarily be the case.
The pet supply company charges £2.99 for standard delivery on orders under £19.99.
Orders over this amount are free.
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