East Padden Animal Hospital Blog

Holiday Recipes

Here’s some of our team’s favorite holiday recipes they wanted to share with you!


from Veterinary Receptionist Lissa



2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

8oz. pork steak, diced

Garlic powder


Freshly ground pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

3- 4oz cans green chile, drained and diced

1 cup canned diced tomatoes

1 ½ tsp. red pepper flakes

¼ cup all purpose flour



1 cup New Mexico red chili powder

2 cloves garlic

½ cup all purpose flour

Garlic powder


Freshly ground pepper

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

8oz. top sirloin, diced



12- 6 inch corn tortillas, toasted or lightly fried

1 cup shredded cheddar

Cooking spray

4 large eggs


Freshly ground pepper

Shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes for garnish


Make the green sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Season the pork with garlic, salt and pepper, add to the pan and brown on all sides. Add the minced garlic and cook 30 seconds, then add the chiles, tomatoes, red pepper flakes and 3 cups water. Simmer until the pork is tender, about 1 hour. Combine the flour and 1 cup water in a blender until smooth, then whisk into the sauce and simmer until the sauce thickens about 5more minutes.

  1. Meanwhile, make the red sauce. Process the chili powder, garlic and 5 cups water in a  blender until smooth. Season the flour with garlic powder, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Toss the beef in the flour, the add to the skillet to brown on all sides. Pour in the chili powder mixture and simmer until tender about 15 minutes.
  2. Make the enchiladas. Preheat the broiler. Place 4 tortillas on a baking sheet. Sprinkle each with cheese, then top 2 with green sauce on  and red on the other2. Repeat to make 2 more layers. Top the stacks with more cheese and broil until melted, 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, coat a non stick pan with cooking spray and fry the eggs as desired, then season with salt and pepper. Top each enchilada stack  with lettuce, tomatoes and a fried egg.
  3. ENJOY!



from Veterinary Assistant Chantal

10-ingredient, 30-minute green bean casserole from scratch! Creamy, flavorful, delicious, and entirely vegan. Serves: 4


Here is the link to the recipe! https://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-green-bean-casserole/


1 pound green beans, rinsed, trimmed and cut in half

Sea salt and black pepper

2 Tbsp vegan butter or olive oil

1 shallot, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup finely chopped mushrooms (button, baby bella, or cremini)

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

3/4 cup vegetable broth

1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk

1-1/2 cups crispy fried onions (I love Trader’s Brand – check ingredients to ensure vegan friendly), divided


I love this recipe because it is a healthy take on a classic! Plus you can feel good about being animal/environmentally friendly 🙂



from Dr. Anderson



o    1/2 cup softened butter or 1/2 cup margarine

o    3/4 cup sugar

o    3/4 cup light brown sugar

o    3 eggs

o    3 tablespoons flour

o    1/4 teaspoon salt

o    1 cup buttermilk

o    1 cup chopped pecans

o    1 teaspoon vanilla

o    1 9″ unbaked pie shell



  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
  4. Combine flour and salt together and add to mixture.
  5. Blend in buttermilk and vanilla.
  6. Add pecans last.
  7. Mixture will be thin.
  8. Pour into unbaked pie shell.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes then reduce oven to 350 and continue baking for another 30 minutes.
  10. You may need to protect edge of piecrust with foil if it begins to get really brown.
  11. When done, pie will be a dark golden brown.
  12. Cool completely before slicing.




from Dr. Tracy Thompson


½ package ziti pasta

2 tbsp salad oil

½ lb. Italian sausage



¼ c. butter

¼ c. flour

1 tsp salt & pepper

2 c. milk

¼ c. Parmesan cheese


Cheese layer:

1 lb. cream cottage cheese

¼ c. Parmesan cheese

1 egg

½ tsp salt & pepper

¼ lb. mozzarella, grated

Paprika to taste

Cook ziti per directions on package. Cook sausage 10 mins in oil.

Sauce: Melt butter, add flour, salt, pepper and stir until smooth. Gradually add milk & bring to a boil stirring frequently. Remove from heat, stir in parmesan. Mix sauce with ziti.

Cheese layers: Mix all ingredients well. Pour ½ ziti-sauce mixture into casserole dish. Spread cheese layer on top. Add remaining ziti. Arrange sausage slices, sprinkle with paprika.

Bake 30-35 mins at 350 degrees.


*Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature

2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese (do not use low-fat)

1 c. sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 pint sour cream

3 eggs

Soften cream cheese with mixer until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time with a little sugar, blending between each addition. Add vanilla and sour cream and blend gently by hand.

Pour into a spring-form pan (apprx 13”) that has a graham cracker crust molded into bottom and both sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn oven off and leave cake in oven for 1 hour.

Top with blueberry or cherry pie filling. Keep in fridge in spring-form pan until ready to serve.

Tails from Elijah


I wanted to tell you about this puppy, Mocha, who visited us quite often, almost every day for four weeks, for splinting of her broken toe. I really thought Mocha just wanted to see me, since I am so incredibly irresistible, but our wonderful staff assured me her visits were in fact because of the broken toe. Every doctor at East Padden Animal Hospital had the pleasure of working with her and hearing the creative ways she would remove her cone and bandage. Not even cayenne pepper, lick guard (she licked that up like peanut butter, YUM!), or any of the many other ways her creative family tried to keep her off it worked. This puppy is one of the most special bandage chewers we have ever seen. Thankfully, her owners kept with her, and the fracture is starting to heal. Every day, I see many owners with pets that resist bandages and e-collars, but a healed puppy or kitty is always worth the healing time, even if it’s over four weeks long!

Whew! That story took it out of me. I must now go and visit Amy in her office for a kitty snack.

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe on Halloween


Halloween is a fun, spooky time for us and our kids, but it shouldn’t be spooky for our pets, too! Many things associated with Halloween put our pets’ health at risk. Here are a few important safety tips to follow to make sure your pets are safe and happy on this eerie holiday.

  • Chocolate and xylitol—a sweetener often found in peanut butter and chewing gum—are extremely toxic to pets. Chocolate can cause upset stomachs, heart arrhythmia, kidney failure and seizures, and xylitol can cause hypoglycemia, seizures and even liver failure and death if large amounts are consumed. It is important to tuck all candy away so it stays out of your pets’ reach. Make sure your children know not to feed candy to pets, too.
  • Keep pets away from the front door, especially pets with social anxiety or pets that are territorial. Trick-or-treaters will be knocking and ringing the doorbell all night, which can make any pet anxious, so keeping pets in a secure place will lower their anxiety. Plus, you’ll be opening and closing the door frequently, so keeping them away from the door limits their ability to attempt an escape.
  • Black cats are often pestered on and around Halloween because of superstitions. If you have a black cat that spends part of his time outside, consider letting him be an indoor-only cat for the week around Halloween. It will ensure that he stays safe.

Need more assistance preparing for Halloween with your furry friends? Contact East Padden Animal Hospital!

Medipaw Products for Patient Recovery


East Padden Animal Hospital is proud to announce we have started carrying Medipaw products for cats and dogs. This line of wearable rehabilitation equipment comes in boot and suit forms, helping your pet recover more quickly from surgical incisions or dermatological conditions by comfortably preventing your cat or dog from licking, scratching or biting the affected area.

We highly recommend Medipaw products for patient recovery. In addition to speeding up recovery time, these products help reduce the probability of infection and other serious complications. Medipaw products are worn over bandages, splints and casts, adding an extra protective layer and making your pet unable to interrupt the healing process.

If your cat or dog is scheduled for an upcoming veterinary procedure, please ask your veterinarian if Medipaw can enhance their recovery.