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Dear Paw’s Corner: It seems the cost of pet food has risen, among other things. I have to feed my cat “Barney” a special diet that includes canned food I can only get from my vet. Is there any way I can cut costs on items like this without risking Barney’s health? -- May K., San Diego

Dear May: There are always ways to find savings in our everyday budgets as well as pet carerelated costs. Talk to your veterinarian e brand of pet food Barney has to eat -- is there a comparable product that doesn’t cost so much? If you don’t get a satisfactory answer, try searching for the pet food by name on the Internet. In addition to the food manufacturer’s website where you may find coupons or other places where you can buy it, you may find forums where pet owners share information that could help you save money. Consumer Reports magazine recently published a series of articles on cutting pet-care costs. The report can be found in the August 2011 issue, or online at http://

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