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.

Holiday Treats for Pets

The holiday season is underway, and Fido and Fluffy sense the excitement.  Our homes sparkle and shimmer as we bustle with festive activities.  Holiday decorating, baking, and wrapping are part of the fun. Remember to include your furry friends this season.  They would be thrilled to be on your gift list, and they are easy [...]

Protect Pets from Parasites

Autumn is upon us again, and that means winter is around the corner.  As New Englanders, we know the weather is predictably unpredictable. Ticks, fleas, and other parasites that seek our pets as dinner hosts thrive during temperature fluctuations.  You may have noticed that ticks have been especially ferocious this fall. Every pet parent knows [...]

Halloween for Fido and Fluffy

It’s October and spooky days are ahead. This month should be about scary tales, not frightened tails. Despite spirited fun, we can still keep Fido and Fluffy safe and happy in the coming weeks. Here are some hints to help. Trick-or-treat or tricky treat? Kids love Halloween candy. Unfortunately, Fido does, too. Keep Halloween treats [...]

EEE and blue-green algae

The local news has been abuzz lately with health hazards that may affect both humans and the creatures that share our lives. Eastern equine encephalitis, commonly called EEE (“Triple-E”) and blue-green algae are two current hot topics. Later this fall, leptospirosis and tick-transmitted infections such as Lyme disease are likely to hit center stage. The [...]

Fluffy’s litter box blues

If you’re a cat lover, you’re probably hard-pressed to find anything but purrfection with these furry felines. Cats are cuddly but aloof, sweet but sassy, and independent but funny. That’s right – cats are marvelous pets. Cats even groom themselves. They are generally very clean creatures. Clean, that is, until they decide not to use [...]

Know your pet

If pets grace your home, chances are that they are part of your family. Indeed, we tend to personify pets, often giving them human names and attributing human emotions to them. You may delight in buying your pets gifts, in celebrating their birthdays, or in planning your vacation to include the four-legged family members, too. [...]

Health Insurance for Fido and Fluffy

If your house is also home to cats or dogs, chances are they are part of your family. People dote on their pets, providing spa sessions, treats, gifts, and social activities. Indeed, Fido and Fluffy are considered furry four-legged family members. Keeping these special family members healthy is important. Providing a regular routine with daily [...]

Is Fido’s food breaking his heart

On July 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted veterinarians and other dog-care providers that certain dog foods may be causing canine heart disease. That’s big news.  And it’s heart-breaking for pet parents, too.  Dog owners often devote considerable time and effort to research various dog foods and select one that they believe is [...]

How ticks feast on Fido

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. The northeastern United States is rife with the parasites that transmit this disease, and our neighborhoods are in the bull’s eye for infection. Lyme disease is caused by the bite of an infected tick. In case you haven’t noticed, ticks are thriving and plentiful now. Although we have several [...]

Spring tune-up for pets

We can finally say it – spring has sprung. The snow has melted, leaves are popping, and the world around us is coming to life. It’s great to spend time outdoors now. Fido and Fluffy may be yearning to join you. Before opening the door wide, though, ask yourself if you have prepared your pet [...]