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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Where to Get your new Rabbit, guidelines for horse care, how to introduce your pets to your newborn, and the History of Guide Dogs.

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
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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.

In Don't Eat That we'll explore your pet's tongue, taste buds, eating and drinking habits that influence what they crave. We'll hear about what Oscar the Blind Cat is up to.

Psychology Today

From Harvard University - Animal Assisted Therapy.  And, a scientist explains why cats are so wierd.


Has your senior dog gone back to acting like a puppy? Modern Dog explains why.  And, we'll hear about how to keep a clean house with a dog, and a quiet house with a meowing cat.


Tips, tricks and resources for you and your cat to share the often limited space in city environments. And, the ASPCA explains how you may still be able to keep your beloved pet if you have allergies.

Finding Professional Behavior Help for your pet, and in our Don't Eat That segment: Is it okay for Cats to Eat Bugs?

Pets+Us #1643: Feeding Your Lizard, 10/20/16

Oct 17, 2016

We'll learn about how to feed a lizard, canine hypo thyroidism, Wolf Dogs, and our Don't Eat That segment: Pepto Bismol.

We'll get tips on the proper grooming of rabbits, learn about how nature provides animals with changes to their coats to endure the colder winter weather, and how to check for updates on pet food recalls.

The Humane Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association have advice on dealing with the loss of a pet.  Also, safety tips for your pets in cold weather.

September is National Preparedness Month, and the ASPCA has information and resources to help you plan ahead to save your pets as well as yourself in a natural disaster.

Scientists study how - or whether - dogs process the meaning of words.  Also, new animal trivia, and some new gifts and gadgets for our pets.

Pets+Us #1637: Pet Life Stages, 09/08/16

Sep 7, 2016

Learn about how to care for your dogs and cats at each of their life stages from our friends at the Penfield Veterinary Hospital.

Pets+Us #1636: Feline Hairballs, 09/01/16

Aug 30, 2016

From Cornell Feline Health Center, Hairballs - what they are, and how to prevent and treat them. Attention-seeking behavior in dogs. And a report about Permethrin, a  canine flea and tick medication that is toxic to cats.

Pets+Us #1635: Why Dogs Bark 08/26/16

Aug 29, 2016

The Humane Society explains Why Dogs Bark and How We Can Get Them to Stop,   How Professionals Reduce Stress in Shelter Animals while they are waiting for their forever homes, and Beagle Bill gives research animals a chance at adoption.

The Humane Society explains Why Dogs Bark and How We Can Get Them to Stop,   How Professionals Reduce Stress in Shelter Animals while they are waiting for their forever homes, and Beagle Bill gives research animals a chance at adoption.