Pets are more expensive to make than they used to be, but food companies are looking to save money by using less of their product.
Pet food makers are increasingly using less pet food, which could mean lower costs and better nutritional results, according the Food and Drug Administration’s annual report on pet food.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency is seeing more brands “turn to cheaper food to help their pet eat better.”
“We know that a lot of pet owners struggle to find healthy, nutritious food for their pets,” Gottliebsaid.
Gottlieb noted that a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania found that pet food companies can save up to 25 percent by eliminating or reducing their pet foods from their products.
He said the FDA has seen a rise in pet food-related recalls, including pet food made for people with allergies, which is an increase of more than 1,300 percent since 2013.
The FDA said the increase in pet foods recalls reflects the FDA’s focus on ensuring the safety of pet foods, including food for dogs and cats.
The agency also is working to reduce the number of recalls that occur in the United States, with a focus on the most common pet food allergens.
As more pets become reliant on pet foods for daily nutrition, pet food makers should be mindful of what ingredients they are using, the FDA said.
“We are encouraged by the positive progress the industry has made in reducing recalls in the last two years,” said John M. DeMoro, chief executive of the Pet Food Alliance.
“But we know that there are still pet food ingredients that need to be more carefully monitored to make sure they are safe for pets and families.”
The Pet Food Association, a trade group for the food industry, urged pet food manufacturers to take additional steps to reduce pet food costs and improve nutritional results.
“The continued use of pet food by millions of American pets is creating a financial burden that needs to be addressed,” said Amy Tait, chief marketing officer of the PFA.
It is encouraging that pet owners are taking action, said Tait.
“We hope they are taking these actions to make pet food less expensive, and help pet owners and their pets have healthier, happier and healthier lives.”
It’s not just pet food: pet food is also becoming more expensive, the report found.
According to the report, food companies made up less than 15 percent of the total amount of pet feed and feed ingredients in 2013.
That’s down from 18 percent in 2008, the most recent year for which data is available.
For pet food prices, the average price per lb. of pet formula was $0.16 in 2013, the same year the average pet food price increased by more than 10 percent, the study said.
While food prices have fallen, they are still high.
Pet food prices were $0 and $1.10 for pet food and pet feed, respectively, in 2013 and 2014.
Most pet food brands have not lowered their prices.
However, PetSmart, Petco and others have started to raise pet food pet food margins.
Pet food companies have been increasing their sales to pet owners, but the industry still lags behind other food categories, the researchers found.
For example, the pet food industry had sales of $14.2 billion in 2015, the last year forwhich data is currently available.
Petco had sales in the range of $18.7 billion in the same period.