Weekly half-hour program, Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. on WXXI Reachout Radio

Pets+Us is a weekly program of information and stories about the companions in our lives – our pets.  The program includes feature articles about the relationship between pets and their humans; useful tools and new products for pets; a “Don’t Eat That” segment that includes things that can be hazardous to your pet’s health; and stories from listeners about their own pets.

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Pets+Us #1829: Receiving a Guide Dog, 07/19/18

Jul 16, 2018
Guide Dogs of America

We'll get a first hand account of what it's like to receive a guide dog, we'll learn how to go eco-friendly with our pets, and we'll discover the many products that contain an ingredient that's toxic to dogs.

Pets+Us #1828: Cats and Rabbits, 07/12/18

Jul 9, 2018
Lollypop Farm

Lollypop Farm rescues unwanted rabbits, we'll learn about responsible rabbit care, and we'll get a glimpse into how cats think.

Pets+Us #1827: All About Dogs, 07/05/18

Jul 2, 2018

Host Mary DeFranco shares more infomration on Labrador Retrievers, why dogs groan, tips for traveling with your dog, and another dog food recall.  Learn more about current dog food recalls.


We'll learn how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking pet, we'll also learn why cats scratch, and why dogs whine.  Read more about performing the Heimlich on your pet.

I Can Has Cheezburger?

Scientific American explains how to handle grief after a pet's death. We'll get some summer tips for cats, and we'll find out if dogs really like it when we talk baby talk to them.


It's all about cats this week with host Mary DeFranco.  She'll share what flea medications are best for your cat, we'll get a review on the latest and best pet carriers, and we'll learn how to overcome your cat's fears.

Liberty Veterinary Hospital

We'll learn what cat emergencies need immediate attention, we'll get the latest about Lyme disease, and are probiotics right for your pet?

Pets+Us # 1822: Pet Allergies, 05/31/18

May 28, 2018

Host Mary DeFranco shares information on Pet Allergies, Feline Obesity, and Therapy Dogs, and a warning about Blue-Green Algae.

Pets+Us # 1821: Fear-free vet visits, 05/24/18

May 21, 2018

Host Mary DeFranco shares with us tips on helping your pet have fear-free vet visits, why cats skip the litter box, safe house plants, and how to socialize your dog.

CATS Bridge To Rescue

Host Mary DeFranco tells us about polydactyl cats, and she'll share summer safety tips, the best sofa fabrics for pet households, and helping cats and dogs to get along.

Cure-All Pest Control

We'll hear what robots can learn from a dogs, we'll get some tips on keeping our pets cool, and we'll learn about allergies and hot spots in dogs.

Resources for dealing with the loss of pet, we'll hear about which common plants are toxic to your pets, and we'll learn proper feeding for your pet rabbit.

We'll learn how to reduce the stress of taking your cat to the vet, Best Friends Animal Society tells us how pets with disabilities get adopted, and we'll hear about common issues that cats have with their humans, and how you can fix them.


The ASPCA explains the all-too-common problem of Separation Anxiety in dogs and gives us advice on how to deal with it.

Pets+Us #1815: Pets with Dementia, 04/12/18

Apr 9, 2018

How to help our older pets with dementia, we'll explore the connection between vocal learning in birds and humans' ability to learn language, and the co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society has a suggestion to make airline travel safer for pets. 

We'll learn about different types of trained service dogs, and find out what shots your dog needs

Drs. Foster and Smith

We'll learn about different types of trained service dogs, and find out what shots your dog needs.

20 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Pet, the dangers of e-cigarettes, learn about kitten teeth, and new airline safety concerns for pets in flight.

Old Town Manor

Host Mary DeFranco shares 20 easy says to save money on your pet (from toys and food to medications), the dangers of e-cigarettes to animals, and we'll learn about kitten teeth, and new airline safety concerns for pets in flight.

Pets+Us #1812: Adopting a Pet Rabbit, 03/22/18

Mar 19, 2018
Great Sage

Are you thinking of adopting a rabbit? House Rabbit Society has some ideas on where to get your new pet. We have some cold weather tips from the ASPCA, and how to help timid pets.

National Geographic tells us why Easter is bad for bunnies.  Plus, we'll learn which dogs are best for apartments, and whether your parrot should be on your shoulder.

Pets+Us #1810: Dog Food Recall, 03/08/18

Mar 5, 2018

The FDA on Friday warned pet owners that several popular brands of dog food have been found to include small amounts of a drug used to euthanize animals.  Host Mary DeFranco reads the articles and shares the UPC codes you should be looking for on your dog's food.

Dog Food RECALL: Brands & UPC Codes impacted

Mar 1, 2018
The Dogington Post

Feb. 16, 2018 -- The FDA on Friday warned pet owners that several popular brands of dog food have been found to include small amounts of a drug used to euthanize animals. 

The agency says it is investigating how pentobarbital wound up in certain shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food.

Pets+Us #1809: Acetaminophen Warning, 03/01/18

Feb 26, 2018

An important warning about Acetaminophen, we'll learn about heart murmurs in cats, and how to prepare to bring a new cat into your home.

Dog Discoveries

National Geographic explains why dogs are so friendly, we'll learn the differences between dogs and wolves, and could your cat's cough be asthma?

ESA Doctors

A major airline has announced new policy changes regarding flying with pets, whether they are trained service animals or for emotional support. And, did you get your flu shot? Experts say your dog might need one, too.

Host Mary DeFranco takes listeners through a day in the life of a veterinarian.  We'll also take a look at some of the benefits of pet ownership and what to do if your dog escapes.


Host Mary DeFranco shares a big list of do's and don't for cats and dogs.  We'll hear about a dog that gets a second chance, and what happens when a pet bird tries to use Alexa to buy stuff.

We'll learn how to care for a pet that has lost a limb, we'll get the basics on how to house train your dog, and a pet parent shares her experience as her dog undergoes chemotherapy.

With the brutal temperatures all over the East coast this winter, host Mary DeFranco shares information about wintering horses, keeping cats safe in cold weather, and which dogs are bred for the cold. She'll also talk about the importance of spaying and neutering rabbits, and we'll hear how some New Yorkers teach their dogs Yiddish.