Endocrinology (Hormones)

Identifying endocrine problems as early as possible is important in dogs and cats. These serious, potentially life-threatening conditions are much more manageable when caught early, allowing us to begin proper treatment.

The endocrine system is made up of a group of tissues (mostly glands) that release hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones regulate metabolism, growth, development, and reproduction and are dispersed to different areas of the body, depending on the hormone’s function. When a hormonal balance is disturbed (by a tumor or autoimmune disease, for instance), an endocrine disorder can develop. “Hyper” refers to an excess of hormone, and “hypo” refers to a deficiency in a hormone. Treatment varies depending on the disease.

There are several common endocrine disorders found in dogs and cats:

  • Diabetes mellitus is caused by a deficiency in or resistance to the hormone insulin.
  • Hypothyroidism, which is often diagnosed in dogs, indicates that the animal has low levels of thyroid hormone.
  • Hyperthyroidism, which frequently affects cats, indicates that the animal has high levels of thyroid hormones.
  • Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism) and Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) can also affect both species, although Cushing’s disease is rare in cats.

Contact us if your pet begins panting excessively, develops any skin issues (such as hair loss or dull coat), or shows any changes in behavior, energy levels, appetite, weight, water consumption, or urination.

 

Doctors Appointment Hours

 

Monday: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

( illness and follow up appointments only)

Monday:  2:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

(wellness and vaccines)

 

Tuesday: Dental 8:30 am to 2:00 pm Only

 

Tuesday: Appointments 3:00 pm to 6:30pm

(wellness and vaccines)

 

Wednesday: We are closed for Surgery

 

Thursday: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

(illness and follow up)

Thursday: 1:30 to 6:15 pm

( wellness and vaccinces)

 

Friday: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

( illness and follow up appointments only)

Friday: 2:00pm to 4:30 pm

(wellness and vaccines)

 

Bussines Hours for medication and food pick up are as followed.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

Friday 9:00 -4:00pm

Pick up for Perscriptions or food is no longer same day you order.

Please ask what day medication will be ready to pick-up.

 

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

 

 

We all agree that our pets are family member(s).

When they need to see a doctor, we can’t rest until they have the care they deserve.

 

  Thank you,

   Dr. Royster

 


Haverford Animal Hospital

Our hours have changed and we request that if you are unable to keep your appointment that you call us with a 24 hour notice to avoid a fee of $25.00 and  that we can help other pets in need and give them that appointment.

We are grateful that you have chosen us for your pet care medical needs

 

Thank you