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Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Benefits And Risks To Know

Cinnamon is a common household spice that many people enjoy for its sweet and savory flavor. But can dogs eat cinnamon?

Yellow lab sitting in front of cinnamon sticks.

Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?

Cinnamon is one of those ingredients that everyone has on hand. And every time something comes out of the cupboard, those eyes are right behind you. Quietly and politely our pups ask if they may try just one bite of whatever deliciousness you have.

And the best part – yes, dogs can eat cinnamon but there are some potential risks to be aware of.

Ground cinnamon on a spoon next to cinnamon sticks.

Cinnamon Health Benefits For Dogs

While we often associate cinnamon with desserts, if fed correctly cinnamon can have health benefits for dogs (so no cinnamon rolls for dogs, but maybe a sprinkle on their kibble).

Cinnamon is non-toxic to dogs and has many health benefits. Many of the same health benefits cinnamon has for humans are equally great for dogs. It is a great addition to their food when given in moderation.

Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants that support brain function, improve focus, and improve memory. It has anti-fungal properties and anti-inflammatory properties that help battle allergies and reduce swelling that is associated with arthritis, sore muscles, and joint pain.

Risks of Feeding Cinnamon To Dogs

There are two main types of cinnamon: Cassia Cinnamon and Ceylon Cinnamon.

Cassia Cinnamon is from Indonesia and China. It is most readily found in the stores but also has the highest amount of coumarin which is not recommended for dogs.

Ceylon Cinnamon is called “true” cinnamon and is harder to find. It has a sweeter taste and a lower amount of coumarin meaning it is safer for dogs.

Another risk for dogs when cinnamon is feeding too much and inhaling it. Cinnamon is found in many forms – cinnamon sticks, essential oils, and ground. Any of these forms can cause digestive issues when too much is given to dogs.

When inhaled, the powdered cinnamon can cause mouth irritation, coughing, choking, and trouble breathing. If your dog inhales cinnamon and exhibits any of these symptoms, consult your vet.

Ground cinnamon on a spoon.

How Much Cinnamon Can Dogs Eat?

Medium size dogs can enjoy up to one teaspoon of cinnamon without effects. If your dog is smaller, then they can have a little less, and if they are larger, they can have a little bit more.

How to Feed Cinnamon to Dogs

Treats: Cinnamon is a great addition to homemade treats, dog-friendly banana splits, or pup cups. It is a great way to add some extra nutrients to the food your dog already loves! It can be added to baked, raw, or frozen treats!

Food: Cinnamon can be sprinkled on your dog’s food as an easy topping. Be sure to check out how much to feed your dog to make sure they get all the nutrients they need.

Lots of cinnamon sticks laid out.
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