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Trader Joe's dog food shortage raises stink

January 26, 2009 |  3:38 pm

Trader Joe's If you're a dog-owning Trader Joe's shopper like me, chances are you've been living in a world of stink the last few weeks.

Two weeks ago, due to manufacturer delays, Trader Joe's ran out of wet dog food.

Since Trader Joe's is the only place to buy Trader Joe's brand dog food, if you waited until your last can to restock, gradually switching your dog to a new food wasn't an option. This can wreak havoc on a dog's stomach and eating schedule, resulting in stomach cramps, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea and vomiting.

For my dog it meant serious gas and refusal to eat.

Properly acclimating a dog to new food can take up to a week, slowly mixing the new with the old. This gives the digestive system time to adapt.

Time to adapt was not an option for dog owners who depend on Trader Joe's wet dog food.

Trader Joe's corporate office tells Unleashed that the wet dog food should be back in stock early this week. They blamed the shortage on a manufacturer's delay and didn't elaborate.

Message from dog owners  to Trader Joe's: This really stinks.

--Graham McCann

Photo: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times

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