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.

Ways to Connect

We'll learn how to tell the difference between dog playing and dog fighting, how people name their cats, and how small animals perceive time.

Pet Health Network

It's a new year and this week host Mary DeFranco share some book reviews and new technology for pets.  She also has information on funding for some new studies on better pet health.

The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa

New Year's Eve is right around the corner, and this week host Mary DeFranco share some tips on how to keep your pets calm during New Year's Eve and other loud celebrations.  She'll also share a warning about antifreeze, and the latest tech trends for your pet.

Fidose of Reality

Favorite pet holiday stories, a holiday Don't Eat That, we'll explore another dog super power, and find out how to get your cat to stop scratching the sofa.

Pets+Us #1751: Dog's Special Powers, 12/14/17

Dec 11, 2017
Daily Mail

Can dogs sense illness? Time? What about spirits?  We'll explore these questions - and we'll get tips on how to keep your pets safe during the holidays.

Pets+Us #1750: Holiday Pet Safety, 12/07/17

Dec 4, 2017

We'll explore how culture affects dog behavior, Holiday Pet Safety tips from the AVMA, and the Dog: the single man's (and woman's) best friend.

We'll learn about what to feed your rabbit, a warning about the dangers of human medication to your pet - and when is the best time to neuter your - German Shepherd?

Apartment Guide

Host Mary DeFranco shares the pros and cons of your dog's bully sticks, and some healthy treats for your cat.

How neutering affects cat behavior, what to do about cat litter odor and feline obesity, and we'll review some of the latest products for your dog.

Adventure Cats

Host Mary DeFranco will clear up misconceptions about feline leukemia, share information on why cats eat grass, and we'll get veterinary money saving tips from the AMVA.

Pets+Us #1745: Glucosamine for Dogs, 11/02/17

Oct 31, 2017
Marvelous Products

We'll learn about glucosamine for your dog, how to tell when your dog is really hungry, and tips on training your cat.

Delphi Forums Index

Halloween history and safety for your pets. And, did you know toads can be poisonous to your dog?

Three Rivers Holistic Veterinary Services

Does your pet need a prescription drug? Can your dog have an adverse reaction to her food? Do cats need other cats? We'll explore this and more.

In their book, Zoobiquity, Cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers discuss what animals can teach us about health and healing.

Pet Poisoning Alert: Acetaminophen!  Although acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a common pain reliever for humans, it is very dangerous for your pet.  When dogs and cats ingest acetaminophen – either accidentally or because their pet owner inadvertently gave it to them, they can develop poisoning at low doses. The severity of acetaminophen poisoning depends on the species, as dogs and cats develop different clinical signs and problems with poisoning. Mary shares more details on this warning, as well as why and how to microchip your pet, and a cat who likes to go to school.

Pets+Us #1740: What do Parrots eat?, 09/28/17

Sep 25, 2017

What Do Parrots Eat? We'll hear about a comfort dog named Piggy, and Psychology Today explains the five main cat personalities - which one does your cat have?


Teaching your bird to talk, curbing your dog's barking, and preventing counter surfing. We'll explore what's behind these behaviors and how to work with each of them.

Disaster Preparedness - Pets Included! The Washington Post explains what we've learned and how things have changed since Hurricane Katrina. The ASPCA and FEMA share pet disaster preparedness plans, and we'll learn how non-weather related emergency evacuations can also affect our pets.

Pets+Us #1737: Do Dogs Cry? 09/07/17

Sep 4, 2017
Simply For Dogs

Do dogs cry tears like humans do, or for the same reasons? Also, figuring dog years versus human years, and a couple different types of grass for cats and dogs.

Pets+Us #1736: Can Dogs Spell? 08/31/17

Aug 28, 2017

I'm certain my dog can spell c-a-r-r-o-t-s (her favorite treat).  But can dogs really spell? And is it okay if they eat dairy? Host Mary DeFranco answers these questions and we'll learn how pets can be affected by thyroid disease.

Pets+Us #1735: Your Cat's Paws, 08/24/17

Aug 21, 2017

Everything you need to know about your cat's paws.  And in our Don't Eat That segment we explore which vegetables to feed your dogs.

Pets+Us #1734: Dogs in Summer, 08/17/17

Aug 14, 2017

We'll learn about summer dog training and feeding tips, why cats love cardboard boxes, and comedian Brian Fischler give us his top ten misconceptions about guide dogs.

Pets+Us #1733: Labrador Retrievers, 08/10/17

Aug 7, 2017

We'll learn about one of the most popular dog breeds, the Labrador Retrievers. 

Side bar:  So why are labs so often used as guide dogs?  While there are several dog breeds commonly trained for service, Labs are currently ranked as the most popular breed for guide work. The Lab’s quick intelligence, high energy, loyalty, and desire to please lend themselves well to the working lifestyle. Their natural curiosity can turn a trip to the grocery store or the daily commute to work into an adventure.

Pets+Us #1732: De-skunking your dog! 08/03/17

Jul 31, 2017
Plantation Pet Health Center

What to do if your dog is sprayed by a skunk. We'll have tips on camping with your pet, and a report on Tom the Comfort cat.

Your Purebred Puppy

In this week's episode, Mary shares information on some of the newest innovations in pet products.  She's also got information on pet massage, and the scoop about your pure break pub. 

Pets+Us #1730: Why Dogs Lick, 07/20/17

Jul 17, 2017

We tend to refer to them as "kisses." But why do dogs actually lick your face?  Host Mary DeFranco shares information about why dogs lick and also some reviews of the newest pet products.

Apartment Therapy

We'll learn how to build a catio, why dogs have whiskers and why they like to steal things


Host Mary DeFranco shares a discussion about whether the domestic house cats we have today are really domesticated, or are they still wild?  She'll also share tips on feeding your dog and keeping them safe from summer hazards, from Dogster.

Pets+Us #1727: Goats as Pets, 06/29/17

Jun 30, 2017

Host Mary DeFranco tells us what we need to know if you're thinking of getting a backyard goat as a pet.  She'll also share lots of hot weather safety tips for your pets.

A veterinarian offers tips on keeping pet medical costs down, we'll learn about caring for a three-legged dog or cat, and the return of Don't Eat That