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H3N2 Outbreak in Oakland California -- BREAKING NEWS

Recently, we’ve been receiving questions about dog flu. Pet owners are concerned about stories they had seen or read in the news about outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realized that you may have similar questions and concerns. So, we’re writing to tell you about dog flu, what puts dogs at risk, and what can be done to protect them.

Dog flu is a relatively new disease and can be caused by two different canine influenza virus strains, H3N8 and H3N2. Both strains of dog flu virus cause respiratory disease in dogs. One or both strains have been found in 46 States.  Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs. With proper medical attention, most dogs will recover. However, in some cases, dog flu can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.

Dog flu is highly contagious, so visiting places where dogs socialize or congregate, such as doggie day cares, dog parks, groomers, boarding facilities, dog shows, place dogs at higher risk. Making the situation even more difficult to control is that dogs can spread the virus before obvious signs of illness appear.

The best way to protect your dog from dog flu is through vaccination. Fortunately, there is a vaccine now available for both dog flu strains. The initial vaccination requires two doses, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster is recommended for continued protection. We encourage all dog owners to unite in the effort to stop the spread of this infectious disease. Please contact us to make an appointment for your pet today.


Welcome to Animal Hospital of Soquel

Your Veterinarian in Santa Cruz, CA
Call us at 1(831) 475-0432

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The Animal Hospital of Soquel is a state-of-the-art, small animal, exotic and avian veterinary practice, which also offers premium lodging and daycare services, as well as professional grooming services. We are staffed and equipped to handle emergencies, urgent medical care, surgery, preventative care, comprehensive diagnostics, and superior dental care. We foster a calm, healing environment for both animals and people at the Animal Hospital of Soquel.

Our veterinarians and staff are experts in animal care, and we are here to help. Please give us a call at (831) 475-0432, or send us an email using the link in our "Contacts" section. Your inquiries and feedback are very important to us, and we look forward to dialogue with you. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which offers educational information, columns from our veterinary staff, and information about promotions. In between your veterinary visits, you and your pet will both benefit from this complimentary resource!

At Animal Hospital of Soquel, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Craig Evans, Dr. Hilary Stern, Dr. Amanda Blom and Dr. Justin Cupka 
Santa Cruz Veterinarians | Animal Hospital of Soquel | 1(831) 475-0432


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Meet Our Staff

Learn Who We Are

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  • Dr.
    Craig Evans
    D.V.M.

    Though he was actually born in Bakersfield (father was working there after a stint in the air force) Dr. Evans considers himself to be the 5th generation, Santa Cruzan, as his mother’s side of the family was heavily involved in the agriculture in the Santa Cruz area.  He spent a great deal of his childhood in cowboy horsemanship, especially team roping, and won team roping Championship saddle at the Santa Cruz County Fair in 1989.

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  • Dr.
    Hilary Stern
    DVM

    Dr. Hilary Stern has a particular interest in exotic animals and enjoys providing medical and surgical care for parrots, rodents, ferrets, chickens, reptiles, amphibians, rabbits, and more. Since joining the Animal Hospital of Soquel, Dr. Stern has become Santa Cruz’s sole exotics-only veterinarian. Dr. Stern attended Yale University as an undergraduate, graduating magna cum laude as a pre-med student with a degree in History. Instead of becoming a physician, however, she chose to focus her medical training on birds and other unusual animals.

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  • Dr.
    Justin Cupka
    DVM

    r. Justin Cupka grew up in Virginia and attended Unity College in Maine, where he graduated at the top of his class with a degree in Captive Wildlife Care and Education, with a focus on wildlife and zoomedicine health. After returning to Virginia for some prerequisite coursework at Virginia Commonwealth University he made his way to California to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of California Davis.

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  • Dr.
    Amanda Blom
    DVM

    Dr. Amanda Blom is a skilled veterinarian with a special interest in parasitology, diagnostic imaging, and clinical pathology. A graduate of the Ross University of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Blom researched and taught veterinary parasitology and tick-borne disease before moving to California in 2016 to practice medicine.  Her professional interests include diagnostic medicine and the challenge of complex cases.  Outside of the clinic, Dr. Blom enjoys lounging with her two cats, exploring the Redwood forests, and engaging in a number of artistic hobbies.

  • Natasha

    Natasha loves working with animals and has been a veterinary assistant for years. During her free time, she enjoys riding her horses, spending time with her puppy, going to the beach, and going to the mountains.

  • Priya's

    Priya's lifelong passion for animals stemmed from her childhood growing up on a mini-farm with a cow, goats, dogs, cats and a variety of geese, chickens, and ducks. She loves caring for animals of all shapes and sizes. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking adventures with her pup Apollo and reading with her kitten Artemis.

  • Kat

    Kat is a veterinary assistant who started her training in 2009 and since then, has been working and learning every day. She has always had a love for animals and can now care for them too. When she's not taking care of patients, she enjoys a belly dancing and taking her dog Marley for walks through the forest.

  • Liz

    Liz has been a veterinary technician since 1998 and an RVT since 2002. She has always worked with cats, dogs and all sorts of exotics. She loves the variety and challenge that comes with getting to help all sorts of different animals, including wildlife. Liz loves having a house full of animals and currently shares her space with a husband, two teenagers, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 10 chickens and 3 ducks.

  • Tera Reason

    Tera Reason Tera was born in Gras Valley California and raised with a dog and two rabbits. She graduated from the University of Santa Barbara in 2012 with a Bio-Psychology degree. After living and working in Colorado, where she cared for a bearded dragon, she decided to move back to California to be closer to the family. Tera began her career caring for animals at a dog-sitting business in Boulder Creek, which leads her to the position of lodging assistant at AHOS. Tera is currently training as technician assistant, with a goal of becoming a veterinary technician. Her dog ACE often accompanies her to work.

  • Alicia

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  • Megan

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  • Jenna

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  • Yuliana

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  • Heather

    Heather began her ten-year career working with animals at a non-profit rescue organization in Southern California. After several years, she decided to move back to Northern California to be closer to the family. Upon landing in Santa Cruz she worked with an emergency veterinary hospital for four years, before joining Animal Hospital of Soquel. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, live music, camping and snuggling with her dog Lulu and kitties Mia and Lyra; all rescues of course.

  • Samantha
    Lodging Manager

    Samantha was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She has a deep love of and compassion for animals and loves caring for them. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and coaching a local youth cheer-leading team.

  • Troy

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  • Reina

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  • Faith

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  • Amy

    Amy graduated from Beugay’s School of Dog Grooming in Los Altos, CA in 1992. She went on to apprentice with a certified master groomer for the next year then continued to work with and learn from many talented groomers in the Los Gatos/Saratoga area for over 20 years. She joined our team at AHOS in January 2015. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and 3 dogs.

  • Brianna

    Brianna has worked at the Animal Hospital of Soquel for over four years. She has been a life-long caregiver for animals and is dedicated to providing excellent care for our lodging guests. Brianna's interest in pampering pets extends to our Spa, where she assists our talented groomer with bathing, mani-pedi's, brush-outs, and other beautification services.

  • Brandy
    Client Service Supervisor

    Brandy was born and raised in South Carolina; came to us with an extensive history in general practice along with emergency medicine. She is currently our CSR supervisor and hopes to continue with AHOS for many more years to come.

  • Annie

    Annie loves meeting new pets and greeting old friends every day. It's especially exciting at Animal Hospital of Soquel because of the unique variety of animals we encounter. Having many years of customer service experience, veterinary care is her favorite care. Annie is also a human massage therapist (and avid pit bull smoocher).

  • Angela

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  • Melissa

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  • Tiffany

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  • "The best veterinary hospital in Santa Cruz. The doctors are very knowledgeable and are there to help you and your pet rather than steal your money like every other place does. They are very thorough and walk you through everything that will happen with your pet while they are there! Oh and they are SUPER friendly! Prices are very fair especially for the care you are getting here! Highly recommend!"
    iana H. | Santa Cruz, CA
  • "We had the best experience here! I have a 4-year-old pit bull, and the vet and vet techs were very helpful, knowledgeable, and sweet! The front staff was very kind as well!"
    Cristi Q. | Hollister, CA
  • "Clean, modern facilities, great vets and kind, caring staff. I am so glad that I gave them a try. The staff is compassionate, caring, professional and skilled. Both of my adopted animals can be nervous with strangers, and everyone from the front desk staff to the techs and vets are just great with them both."
    Sarah E. | Santa Cruz, CA

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