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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Host Mary DeFranco shares information from the ASPCA's guide to medications and cosmetics to keep out of reach of your pets.  We'll also hear how the Reader's Digest decodes cat behavior, and heartwarming dog stories you're sure to enjoy.

Host Mary DeFranco shares some of the pros and cons of wing-clipping your pet bird, and shares the controversial subject of clipping to protect your bird from indoor hazards.  She'll also share some people foods to avoid feeding your pets, and a new study examines the real interaction between cats and rats.

Pets+Us #1839: Evacuating Your Cat, 09/27/18

Sep 24, 2018

In an emergency - how to safely evacuate your cat, Fall safety tips, we'll hear about a happy ending for a rescued horse.

Humane PA

Disaster Planning that includes your pet, tips for Fall safety, and pets in the news.

Host Mary DeFranco takes a closer look at the Golden Labrador retriever, shares some facts about pet rabbits and answers the question "Why is your dog gaining weight on his diet food?" 

The Telegraph

Grief not only impacts the people involved, but also impacts our pets.  This week host Mary DeFranco shares information on how to help your pet through grief, who gets the pet in a divorce, and the right way to train your cat.


We'll learn about the PAWS Act (Pet and Women Safety Act) that protects the pets involved in domestic violence cases.  We'll also get an update on travel rules for emotional support animals, and how to determine if your dog is a south-paw?


We'll learn how to Save Money on your pet, explore the reasons why cats growl, and talk about whether you should give your dog over the counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen.

Pets+Us #1833: Running Guide Dogs, 08/16/18

Aug 13, 2018
55 Plus Magazine for Rochester's active adults

We'll get an update on a woman who trains running guide dogs, learn about microchipping your pets, and get some insights into why cats do what they do.

Pets+Us #1831: Renting with a Pet, 08/02/18

Jul 30, 2018
Megan's Moving

Host Mary DeFranco talks about your rights and responsibilities when renting with a pet.  She'll also share tips on how to know when your dog is sick, and people foods pets should never eat.

We'll learn about the endearing cat breed that is nicknamed the Dogs of the Cat World, and we'll get a refresher course in common plants that are toxic to pets.

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.