Have you ever sprinkled spices over your dog’s food? People who make homemade dog food or treats occasionally add seasoning to improve the flavor, but not all spices are safe for canine consumption.
Find out if cinnamon is good or bad for dogs, and if they can eat it without ending up in the emergency room:
Can Dogs Have Cinnamon?
If you’re wondering whether dogs can eat cinnamon, the short answer is – yes. Unlike nutmeg, which can cause hallucinations and seizures in canines, cinnamon is non-toxic for dogs. The all-around favorite seasonal spice will not harm your pooch, unless ingested in large quantities.
However, even if your dog happened to break into the pantry and gorged themselves on cinnamon, the consequences should not be fatal. Too much cinnamon can cause vomiting and diarrhea, but nothing that should make you go into full panic mode.
The primary concern with giving your dog cinnamon is that they’ll accidentally inhale it. Inhaling powdered cinnamon can lead to irritation, choking, and difficulty breathing, so keep your spice stash away from your dog’s reach. On the other hand, a whiff of a cinnamon stick won’t bother your four-legged baby, so no need to get rid of that potpourri bowl!
The Good and The Bad
All things are considered, here are the pros and cons of cinnamon for dogs:
|The Good||The Bad|
|A sprinkle of cinnamon can add flavor to your dog’s meal||Powdered cinnamon can cause irritation, choking or difficulty breathing|
|Small amounts of cinnamon can be used to spice up homemade dog treats||Large quantities of cinnamon can lead to diarrhea and vomiting|
|Cinnamon can improve your dog's brain development.|
|A tinge of cinnamon added to food can stimulate a dog’s appetite|
|The Verdict: Cinnamon is not bad for dogs but doesn’t offer any real benefits either*.|
* There are no scientific studies to prove or disprove this theory, and even though some holistic veterinarians claim that this spice has some benefits for dogs, the effect of cinnamon in canine nutrition is still unknown.
Cinnamon in Baked Goods
OK, cinnamon is not toxic to dogs. But does that mean that dogs can eat cinnamon rolls, cinnamon toast crunch, or cinnamon bread? Unfortunately, the answer is no; you shouldn’t share your holiday desserts with your dog.
Cakes, cookies and other baked treats that contain cinnamon usually have a lot of different ingredients that might be dangerous to dogs. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Cocoa powder or chocolate
Many of these foods are extremely toxic to dogs, and can cause a myriad of health problems. To be on the safe side, it’s best to avoid sharing your food with your pet, even if it’s just a bite. If you want to share the holiday joy, consider baking them some festive homemade treats or buying their favorite yummies that will have them licking their paws.
Dogs can eat cinnamon and live to bark about it. Unless it was in powdered form and inhaled, this spice should not harm your dogs.
On the other hand, cinnamon often goes together with other ingredients like nutmeg, chocolate, nuts, and raisins, all of which can be dangerous to dogs. Make sure you’re not giving your pooch cinnamon-based baked goodies from the table, and you won’t have to spend the holidays worrying!