Verandah Pet Hospital

14381 Palm Beach Blvd., SE
Fort Myers, FL 33905




Douglas S. Piper, DVM and Verandah Pet Hospital became a member of the AVDS in 2013. Below is their history.


The American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) was founded in 1976 for the purpose of creating a forum – a forum for advancing the knowledge, education, and awareness of veterinary dentistry among veterinarians, students and the public. Through our efforts, we are successfully increasing awareness of the importance of this facet of animal medicine.

The AVDS boasts a truly international membership with more than 1082 U.S. members, over 101 Canadian members and over 68 international members. This makes the AVDS is the largest organization of veterinary dental professionals in the world. Membership in the AVDS is open to any veterinarian, dentist, hygienist, technician or individual with an interest in veterinary dentistry.  


For more information please visit the American Veterinary Dental College or The American Veterinary Dental Society.


Information for Owners

Good oral health is an important part of good general health for your pet.

Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:
- Bad breath.
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar.
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area.
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
- Bleeding from the mouth.
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight (this combination can result from diseases of many organs, and early veterinary examination is important).

If you think your pet needs dental care, the College recommends that you make an appointment with your veterinarian, who will recommend a referral to an AVDC diplomate if indicated, or you may contact an AVDC Veterinary Dentist directly. Please note that the AVDC does not respond to enquiries about individual patients.

Plaque and Tartar Control

Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets (and in people!) consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC®) awards its Seal of Acceptance to products that successfully meet pre-set criteria for effectiveness in controlling plaque and tartar deposition in dogs and cats. The VOHC is an entity of the American Veterinary Dental College. If you would like information on products that will help control deposition of dental plaque and tartar on the teeth of your pet, click Veterinary Oral Health Council.



Please also visit our other Dental pages within this website - Dr. Piper's Blog / Smelly Dog Breath? Think Dental Disease  and  Pet Dental Information