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.

Are acupuncture or chiropractic right for your pet? 

Also, we'll hear about a study that suggests a dog's love might not be unconditional after all.


For centuries, the dog has been man's best friend.  But a new furry friend is coming on the scene.  Ferrets - man's other best friend. We'll also hear about how music can impact your pet, and assorted tips for caring for your cat or dog.

Pets+Us #1709: Zoonosis, 02/23/17

Feb 20, 2017
Find the Best Psychics Online

It's cold and flu season, but can we share colds and flu with our pets?  And, is a pet psychic right for you and your pet?  Find out this week with host Mary DeFranco.

Mary also welcomes your pet stories.  Send them to

Learn how purring cats heal, calm and make us better people; and what you need to know about kennel cough.

Pets+Us #1707: Music for Cats, 02/09/17

Feb 6, 2017
Luxemburger Wort

Musician David Teie explains why and how he composes music specifically for cats to listen to; and tips for housebreaking your puppy.

Calm My Pet

Raising a happy and confident dog, including nipping puppy biting in the bud. And, what the MP3 Project discovered about the effects of music on animals.

Our Happy Cat

Advice from experts on how to enrich your cat's life, the importance of bonding with your cat, and some science on how often to feed your cat to meet his natural nutritional needs.

Pets+Us #1704: Pet Emergencies, 01/19/17

Jan 16, 2017

Pet emergencies - how to identify them, how to prevent them when possible, and how to respond.  And, could your pet benefit from a pet massage?

Pets+Us #1703: Feeding Your Pet, 01/12/17

Jan 9, 2017

What's on the label, what should be in the can, and a controversial view from an industry leader about the humanization of pets.

From National Geographic we'll explore your dog's Short Term Memory. 

We'll also learn about how to protect our pets from obesity, and the safe way to pick up a dog.

Woman's Day

A writer shares a touching tribute at the passing of his beloved pet. And the folks at National Geographic answer a variety of weird animal questions.


Host Mary DeFranco shares proper rabbit nutrition from the House Rabbit Society, and more tips to keep our pets safe and happy during the holiday season.

Ann Arbor Animal Hospital

Whether dogs, cats, even birds - tips for everyone to enjoy the holidays safely and peacefully. And a spotlight on pancreatitis risk especially during the holiday season.

Pet Lover

Holiday safety for your pets, keeping pets warm in the winter, and the LA Times Gift Guide just for our furry friends.


Host Mary DeFranco shares information about the bathroom habits of your cat, and information about which pets get along best with rabbits, and a special holiday Don't Eat That.