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Consumer Protect your pets this July 4th Protect your pets this July 4th
Those Fourth of July fireworks can really stress your pets.

"They go into this all-out panic and from the pet's perspective it makes sense," said Mikkel Becker, animal trainer with Vetstreet.com.

Keep your dogs and cats at home, in a safe place.
Consumer Lawn mowers that make the cut Lawn mowers that make the cut (Video)
Consumer Reports has tested more than 100 lawn mowers from companies such as Craftsman, Toro, and Troy-Bilt on acres and acres of grassy fields in Fort Meyers, Florida and has some recommendations so that you'll get a great cut.
Consumer Portable air conditioners vs window units Portable air conditioners vs window units (Video)
Portable air conditioners sound like an easy solution for cooling a room that can't accommodate a window air conditioner, but many are returned by unhappy customers. So Consumer Reports tested 8 from Honeywell, Haier, Frigidaire and Sunpentown, ranging in price from $250 to more than $500 dollars.
Consumer Consumer Reports rates paints and stains Consumer Reports rates paints and stains
You can spend $50, $60 or almost $70 for a gallon of Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams paint. They make good products, but Ed Perratore, a senior editor at Consumer Reports, says you can spend a whole lot less and still get top-rated paint at your local home center.
Consumer Have your pet microchipped for free Have your pet microchipped for free
With July 4th just around the corner, it's important that your pets are microchipped.

"It's a permanent form of ID that can never be separated from your pet," said Jim Keller at the Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville.
Consumer Payday loan pretender comes clean Payday loan pretender comes clean (Video)
You can always count on the Problem Solvers to warn you about different scams- but this time you're hearing it from one of the scammers. He says he felt guilty after seeing news reports of people losing all their money to the kind of pay day loan scams he was running from India. He agreed to a Skype interview with our sister station in upstate New York.