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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What causes allergies to pets, are you allergic, and if you are, can you still have a pet?

Host Mary DeFranco shares several "How-to's" for pet owners.  From how to clicker train your cat, how to teach your dog his name, how to cat-proof your home, how to prevent dog bites, and more. 

Pets+Us #1723: Every Man Needs a Dog, 06/01/17

May 29, 2017
The Scarlett Woman

Host Mary DeFranco shares "Why Every Man Needs a Dog in His Life" from the June 2017 edition of Men's Journal which explains why life is just better with a dog. 

Pets+Us #1722: Cornell Veterinary Equine Park

May 22, 2017

Host Mary DeFranco shares articles from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's Spring 2017 Edition of "Snoops" where we'll learn about the important work done at Cornell, including research at the Cornell Equine Park, canine dentistry, and cancer.

Here you see Cornell equine specialists using the standing MRI machine.

Waterville Valley Realty

Most often Lyme disease comes from contact with a deer tick that has feasted off another infected animal. If an infected tick bites, it can stay attached to the skin for 36 to 48 hours, and the bacteria is transferred into the bloodstream and travels throughout the body.

Today, host Mary DeFranco shares important information about ticks and Lyme disease, how to put together a cat first aid kit, and we'll learn about a study that looks at how even domesticated dogs can threaten endangered species.

Holly and Hugo

The Spring 2017 Health and Wellness edition of Pet Tales, made available by our friends at Monroe Veterinary Associates, includes information on back pain, acupuncture, pet skin conditions, pet insurance and pet first aid.

Pets+Us #1719: Adventure Cats, 05/04/17

May 1, 2017
Adventure Cats

Does your cat cry to get outside?  This week, we'll meet Adventure Cats, an organization dedicated to helping you share your adventures with your cats. We'll also meet a Maryland woman who provides a safe place for abused senior pets.

Read more about Adventure Cats.


The truth about Siamese cats - Myths and stereotypes are debunked as the author tells us about the playful and affectionate nature of this cat breed. And we'll learn how Guiding Eyes for the Blind, by working with IBM's Watson, can increase dog graduation rates—and help match the right dogs to the right people.

Learn more about the IBM Watson/Guiding Eyes project.

A report prepared for The Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation finds major health care cost savings are associated with pet ownership.  Using quantitative data obtained from previous studies, we estimate the health care cost savings are attributable to pet ownership.  Also, have you ever wondered if your dogs dream?  Host Mary DeFranco will help discover an answer.

What it takes to become a vet from the veterinarian's' point of view, and we'll learn about different veterinary specialists.


This week, host Mary DeFranco share information on what our children can learn from pets, ways to include your pet in your wedding, and Psychology Today explains why we love our cats.

The ASPCA can be a great help when looking for professional help for your pet's behavior.  We'll also hear some tips on moving with your pet, and understanding how well cats can read our emotions.


Have you ever wondered why your cat's tongue feels like sandpaper?  We'll find out on this episode.  We'll also be sharing tips on cutting pet care costs, and we'll hear about new apps for you and your pets.

Victoria Stilwell Positively

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
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.

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.