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.

Seasonal Safety for Pets

It’s November and the holiday season is about to begin. Even in this era of COVID restrictions, we like food and fun with close family, including our pets. Your furry family member has special needs at this time of year. Common misperceptions can mislead pet parents on the care of their four-legged kids during this [...]

The Scoop on Pet Poop

Having pets has advantages. Without a doubt, your forever friend is your TV buddy, snuggle pal, meal companion, fitness trainer, and best listener in the world. If there’s a cloud inside your pet’s silver lining, though, it’s probably in the form of the daily cleanup. Your pet’s waste is the “other side” of those fun [...]

5 Spooky Halloween Situations Every Pet Owner Needs to Avoid

Halloween is right around the corner, and although this year’s festivities will be a bit different than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic, some hazards remain for your furry pal. Like Thanksgiving and Christmas, Halloween has its fair share of spooky situations that can ensnare your pet, but proper precautions can avoid emergencies. Before Halloween [...]

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 [...]

Is My Pet in Pain? 10 Ways to Tell if Your Pet is Uncomfortable

If your beloved companion is uncomfortable or experiencing any pain, you’d think you would know. After all, your pet is attached to you at the hip when you’re home, so picking up on their discomfort should be easy, right? Unfortunately for you and your furry pal, cats and dogs are masters at hiding signs of [...]

Flea Prevention

Fido and Fluffy love spending balmy days with you. During this era of COVID-19, outdoor time with pets has increased. Unfortunately, you’re in good company with pesky critters, as fleas thrive in this weather, too. The trick is to take advantage of these glorious days while leaving unwanted visitors behind. Fido and Fluffy will feel [...]

Don’t Leave Me! Separation Anxiety Signs and Management in Pets

Many pet owners do not like to leave their cherished companion alone at home while they go to work or run errands. Some pets are upset about being left behind, and develop separation anxiety. In fact, dogs with separation-related diagnoses make up 10% to 20% of the cases referred to veterinary behaviorists. This common condition [...]

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 [...]

5 Ways to Enrich Your Indoor Cat’s Environment

While being quarantined at home during this COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve learned that environmental enrichment is crucial for our mental health. Although we knew there would be a light at the tunnel, many of us went stir-crazy, cooped up at home, day after day, with little to no interaction with the outside world. Now we know [...]

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