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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Pets+Us #1812: Adopting a Pet Rabbit, 03/22/18

Mar 19, 2018
Great Sage

Are you thinking of adopting a rabbit? House Rabbit Society has some ideas on where to get your new pet. We have some cold weather tips from the ASPCA, and how to help timid pets.

National Geographic tells us why Easter is bad for bunnies.  Plus, we'll learn which dogs are best for apartments, and whether your parrot should be on your shoulder.

Pets+Us #1810: Dog Food Recall, 03/08/18

Mar 5, 2018

The FDA on Friday warned pet owners that several popular brands of dog food have been found to include small amounts of a drug used to euthanize animals.  Host Mary DeFranco reads the articles and shares the UPC codes you should be looking for on your dog's food.

Dog Food RECALL: Brands & UPC Codes impacted

Mar 1, 2018
The Dogington Post

Feb. 16, 2018 -- The FDA on Friday warned pet owners that several popular brands of dog food have been found to include small amounts of a drug used to euthanize animals. 

The agency says it is investigating how pentobarbital wound up in certain shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food.

Pets+Us #1809: Acetaminophen Warning, 03/01/18

Feb 26, 2018

An important warning about Acetaminophen, we'll learn about heart murmurs in cats, and how to prepare to bring a new cat into your home.

Dog Discoveries

National Geographic explains why dogs are so friendly, we'll learn the differences between dogs and wolves, and could your cat's cough be asthma?

ESA Doctors

A major airline has announced new policy changes regarding flying with pets, whether they are trained service animals or for emotional support. And, did you get your flu shot? Experts say your dog might need one, too.

Host Mary DeFranco takes listeners through a day in the life of a veterinarian.  We'll also take a look at some of the benefits of pet ownership and what to do if your dog escapes.


Host Mary DeFranco shares a big list of do's and don't for cats and dogs.  We'll hear about a dog that gets a second chance, and what happens when a pet bird tries to use Alexa to buy stuff.

We'll learn how to care for a pet that has lost a limb, we'll get the basics on how to house train your dog, and a pet parent shares her experience as her dog undergoes chemotherapy.

With the brutal temperatures all over the East coast this winter, host Mary DeFranco shares information about wintering horses, keeping cats safe in cold weather, and which dogs are bred for the cold. She'll also talk about the importance of spaying and neutering rabbits, and we'll hear how some New Yorkers teach their dogs Yiddish.

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.