Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?

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Anna Olson
Jul 22 ·

Can dogs eat cinnamon? You may be wondering if you can spice up your dog’s life and diet with some human herbs. Maybe your dog accidentally got into your spice rack and ate some cinnamon. Is cinnamon safe for dogs to eat? What should you do if they’ve eaten some?

Thankfully, cinnamon is not toxic for dogs. However, you should still keep them away from this spice rack favorite. Cinnamon can cause oral and digestive irritation for your pooch. If they inhale cinnamon, it can cause choking and difficulty breathing. We recommend contacting your veterinarian if your dog eats any amount of cinnamon.

Let’s learn more about cinnamon and its risks to your dog.

can dogs eat cinnamon

What Is Cinnamon?

Cinnamon is a spice, derived from the bark of a certain family of trees. Humans have known about cinnamon for thousands of years, and it was once a very valuable commodity. We currently use cinnamon in stick form, powdered, and even in essential oils.

Though it adds a tasty hit of spice in both sweet and savory foods for humans, cinnamon is not recommended for canine consumption.

What If My Dog Eats Cinnamon?

Sometimes, we can’t stop our dogs eating things they shouldn’t. Cinnamon, thankfully, won’t require emergency veterinary attention if your dog eats it. Depending on the amount they’ve eaten, you’ll still want to watch them for signs of discomfort. It doesn’t hurt to call your vet and have them on standby, either.

How much cinnamon is too much? Usually in powdered form, it takes more than one teaspoon of cinnamon to hurt your dog. Since cinnamon essential oil is more concentrated, it may cause problems in smaller doses if your dog eats some.

Generally, cinnamon will just cause your dog some temporary pain. Dogs have a much more sensitive sense of taste than humans. Anything spicy to us will be extra spicy to them. Since powdered cinnamon also has a drying effect, this can cause extra irritation, especially if your dog accidentally inhales some.

While cinnamon won’t cause a fatal overdose, you should still monitor for these symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in heart rate

If your dog has eaten a very large amount of cinnamon, it can cause low blood sugar and liver disease. For these reasons, we recommend keeping all forms of cinnamon well out of reach of your pup.

What About Baked Goods?

Now you know that cinnamon on its own is not the best for your dog. Since it’s not toxic, though, would it be ok to feed your dog a cinnamon scone, cinnamon roll, or another baked good with cinnamon in it?

The main risk of feeding human baked goods to dogs is not the small amount of cinnamon, but the other things in that scone or roll. Human baked goods are loaded with fats and sugars. Short term, if your dog eats a lot of sugar, they may become hyperactive. Long term, sugar consumption can cause health issues like diabetes and weight gain. If your dog already has weight issues or diabetes, you should definitely avoid giving them any treats with any type of sugar in them.

Other Ingredients In Baked Goods Can Be Toxic

The fats and sugars in most human baked goods aren’t the only potential risk. In both savory and sweet foods, cinnamon is often paired with a spice called nutmeg. This is especially true of anything with pumpkin pie spice, which also has cloves and other aromatics. Nutmeg contains a toxic compound called myristicin, which can be very harmful to your pet.

Myristicin is toxic to living cells, both for humans and for pets. This makes it a very effective insecticide. It also has psychoactive effects and can cause hallucinations if consumed in large amounts. The high amount of myristicin in nutmeg makes it a bad choice for your dog.

Any baked good with known toxic ingredients is also off the table. Cinnamon raisin, while a popular human flavor, is definitely toxic. Raisins can cause kidney failure in both dogs and cats. Chocolate is also a no-go. Sometimes, baked goods have artificial sweeteners, like xylitol. Xylitol can cause a quick insulin release in a dog, potentially leading to coma and death.

It’s best to keep your dog away from any baked treat made for humans. Stick to biscuits and other goodies made specifically for dogs.

Cinnamon Is Not Toxic, But Not The Best Choice For Dogs

Now you know whether dogs can eat cinnamon. Even though cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, they still shouldn’t eat it. It can cause digestive irritation and irritation of the mouth, and cause more serious symptoms in very large amounts. If your dog accidentally eats some, it will probably only cause temporary discomfort. We still recommend contacting your vet, as they may be able to give you advice on helping your pet at home.

Your dog should not eat baked goods with cinnamon either. Along with a lot of sugar and fat, most human baked goods also pair cinnamon with toxic ingredients for dogs. These include raisins, chocolate, nutmeg, and artificial sweeteners like xylitol.

Some other foods for dogs explained…

Raspberries

Strawberries

Blueberries

Mango

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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