About Dr. Heidi Bassler

Dr. Bassler is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She is also involved in various local groups, and supports Anna Jaques Hospital, Merrimac River Feline Rescue Society, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Firehouse Center for the Arts, and Newburyport’s Chamber of Commerce.

Special Care for Senior Pets

If you have ever had an older pet, you know how the years fly by. In hindsight, those young, energetic days are gone in a blink. Before you know it, Fido and Fluffy are seniors. Typically in dogs and cats, this occurs at age 7 or 8. Very large breed dogs age even faster. These [...]

Summer Safety with Pets

Summer is here, and your pet wants to enjoy it with you. With so much focus on coronavirus, let’s not forget some of the basics for Fido and Fluffy.  A little planning can help you avoid summer dangers with your pets.  Here are some helpful hints to keep your pets happy and safe all summer [...]

Protect Pets from Ticks

It’s time for tick talk.  We live in the geographical bull’s eye for Lyme disease.  Our pets live with us, and whether we like it or not, we share our homes with arachnids and the diseases they spread. Spring is well under way and the weather is tick nirvana.  Those little critters know how to [...]

COVID Q&A For Pets

 The pet parents’ concern of COVID-19 and how it might affect their pets has heightened in the past few weeks.  Recently, we have heard multiple news stories of animals contracting this virus. First, there were dogs in Hong Kong and a cat in Belgium.  Then the infamous story of the tiger and other large cats [...]

Does Coronavirus affect pets

In the world of viruses, the new coronavirus is an infant.  It was born into the presence of mankind only four short months ago in Wuhan, China.  Since then, this coronavirus has invaded virtually every corner of the earth while seeking its human target. Although we already know a lot about this virus and the [...]

Coronavirus and Pets

We are in the midst of a pandemic caused by a novel strain of coronavirus. This virus started in animals but jumped to humans in late 2019. Now seen worldwide, it is responsible for killing thousands of people and infecting many more. Coronaviruses belong to a large family of viruses that are seen in virtually [...]

Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry

Indolent, T-cell lymphoma was diagnosed in an eight-year old beagle, based solely on oral lesions found during routine anesthetized dental prophylaxis and oral exam. The awake oral examination was hampered due to patient aggression. Owner was unaware of lingual disease in her dog and had not noticed any abnormality. Upon anesthetic induction with midazolam [...]

Fido’s Achy Breaky Tooth

February is National Pet Dental Health Month.  If you haven’t looked in your cat’s or dog’s mouth recently, now is a good time to take a peek. Pets suffer from many of the same dental problems as their human counterparts.  Gingivitis, periodontal disease, bad breath, broken teeth, and tooth abscesses are common.  We take care [...]

New Year’s resolutions for pets

It’s the time of year to think about New Year’s resolutions. These promises tend to involve habits that lead to improvements both to one’s self and to the loved ones around us. Fido and Fluffy adore us and are, unmistakably, in our circle of loved ones around us. Sadly, the lifespan of cats and [...]

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