It is with great sadness that the Avonlea team announces the passing of Digit. He will be lovingly remembered by all the current and past staff at the clinic and by all of the clients and patients that had the pleasure to meet him. Although we do not know his exact age, Avonlea Animal Hospital was his home for some 18 years. His mischievous ways entertained us while his loving good nature brought us peace in times of sadness. He was truly one-of-a-kind and he will be sadly missed. Digit spent his last weeks in the loving care of Kirra, one of our Registered Technicians. When he finally succumbed to his battle with time, he passed quietly in the presence of this family and caregivers at the clinic.

Hello, my name is Digit and I’m the ambassador of Avonlea Animal Hospital.

Back in March 2002, a Good Samaritan found me with an injured back foot and brought me to Avonlea Animal Hospital to be examined. I was taken into the hospital and I had to have surgery which resulted in me having 3 of my toes removed from my back left foot. Since then, I have been know as “Digit”. While I was recuperating at the hospital, Dr. Rosely decided I would make the perfect clinic ambassador and I officially joined the Avonlea family.

Digit Halloween 2014

Pirate Digit Halloween 2014

As you may have noticed in my current picture, I’m missing my left eye. In March 2012, the doctors and staff noticed the iris of my eye was not normal. Upon further testing, a growing mass was detected and I was unable to see out of the eye. I underwent surgery to remove the eye. The histopathology revealed it was Iris Melanoma. I fully recovered and never missed a meal!

I still love to play with ribbon and run around the clinic every now and then. I am truly blessed to have found such a great home and I love my adopted family!

COVID-19 Message to our Clients

To Our Valued Clients,

Our top priority is to provide exceptional care to our patients while safeguarding our staff and our community.  We continue to maintain our regular business hours and we are available to see you and your pets for essential veterinary health care services.

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and want to notify you of changes we are making at for the welfare of our staff, clients and patients. We have taken great care to implement safeguards to help reduce the spread of this virus.

Amended Procedures:

  • The doors to the hospital will be closed to the public
  • Visitors to the hospital must remain outside the hospital. This includes walk-ins, appointments and food/prescription purchases.
  • We will not be performing fit-n-fury, birthday exams, nail trims, routine dentals and non-essential surgeries until further advised.
  • We will no longer accept cash or in-person payment.




  • A copy of our admittance and discharge instructions and patient history forms will be sent to you prior to the scheduled appointment.
  • Please remain in your vehicle and call us when you arrive in the parking lot.
  • We will assess your Covid-19 risk using the "patient screening pathway”.
  • When we are ready, we will motion for you to bring your pet from your vehicle to the clinic door. All dogs must be on leash and cats must be in carriers.
  • The veterinarian will call at the end of the examination or video conference you during the examination to discuss examination findings and recommendations.


  • You will be emailed a copy of the invoice including home notes.
  • Payment will be taken over the phone, via Interac e-Transfer, or online.
  • Any medication or items to be picked up will be given in a plastic bag at the time of discharge.
  • We will call you when we are ready for discharge at which time you will collect your pet outside of the clinic.

Food, inventory and medication pickup:

  • All items can be ordered over the phone or purchased using our online shop https://shop.avonleaanimalhospital.ca
  • For pickup, we will bring the items to you outside the clinic.

Product availability:

We have been in constant contact with the suppliers and manufacturers responsible for ensuring our hospitals have sufficient supply of veterinary diets and over the counter products, and we do not anticipate any disruption to this supply. However, instances of buying large quantities of these products have strained the supply chain. We respectfully request that our clients limit their purchases of these products to immediate need plus one month’s supply to ensure all clients and patients have access to these products.

Our goal is to keep our essential services available to the communities we serve and to be there for you and your pets. Thank you for your cooperation and for doing your part in helping to keep pets and people safe. Please do not hesitate to call with questions. We anticipate our phone lines will be busier than usual and we thank you in advance for your patience!

Our new hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday: 9a-7p
  • Tuesday: 9a-7p
  • Wednesday: 9a-7p
  • Thursday: 9a-7p
  • Friday: 9a-7p
  • Saturday: 9a-3p
  • Sunday: closed

Call us if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment.