Did you buy your pooch a present this holiday season?

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Holiday gifts are just one of many ways we are spending on pets.

Apparently 1-5 of U.S. has attended a birthday party for a pet, and that can get pricey.

A recent survey by Coupon Cabin found that 15% of pet owners spend more than $100 dollars a month on their animals.

The American Pet Products Association expects spending on companion animals to top 55 billion this year.

With that in mind, AARP is out with some tips to keep your pet spending on a tighter leash.

Of course, you have to feed your animal, but overfeeding is expensive and unhealthy.

Medicine is also very expensive, as most pets don’t have prescription plans.

You can ask your vet about generic drugs for dogs and cats and do a little research about what vaccinations they really need.

Indoor cats, for example, may not need as many shots as those that live outdoors.

Speaking of vet bills, there is one cheap way to prevent pet injuries, use a leash. One veterinarian tells AARP that 60-70% of all emergency room visits could have been prevented if owners used a leash for often.

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