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, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

 

Wednesday – Surgery Day Only

 

 

Hospital Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

 

Wednesday

Surgery Day Only

 


Saturday & Sunday

Closed

 COVID -19 Procedure

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.

This is why Dr. Royster will be available for his patients’ needs.

The following steps must be taken to keep you and our Team safe from exposure.

Call our hospital and make an appointment.

When you arrive, go to our back parking lot. Please park facing our back door and call our phone number 610-525-1211. Please remain in your car with your Pet until a staff member comes. Please do the same if you are picking up medication and/or food.

Staff members will be gloved & masked.

We ask that you please wear a mask. 

 Please remain in your car in our parking lot during the exam so the doctor can call and speak with you with any questions you may have.

 Payment will be done over the phone.

Stay safe and well

  Thank you,

   Dr. Royster

 


Haverford Animal Hospital

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, we have made a few changes to our every day producers to care for your pets.

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. So 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

A no show fee is $25.00.

Thank you