Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon

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Does your dog beg for your cinnamon scones? Is she a fan of the spice rack? You might have wondered, perhaps frantically, if dogs can eat cinnamon. It is well-known that some foods such as chocolate and grapes can be toxic for dogs. Therefore, it is sensible also to consider foods and spices such as cinnamon.

Is Cinnamon Toxic to Dogs?

Good news: cinnamon is safe for dogs. Although your dog won’t be affected by toxic effects, too much cinnamon can cause serious health problems. The Pet Poison Helpline cautions that cinnamon and cinnamon oils can cause skin and digestive irritation and sensitization in both pets and people, especially if consumed in large quantities.

Ingestion is possible with cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon and ground cinnamon essential oils. Also, baked goods containing cinnamon can be ingested. Ingestion of ground cinnamon, essential oils, or cinnamon sticks can irritate your dog’s throat. Additionally, inhaling cinnamon powder could cause your dog difficulty breathing, coughing, or even choking.

What is the right amount? The Pet Poison Helpline states that it takes more than one teaspoon of powder to cause problems for most pets, although essential oils can cause lower dosages, and small breed dogs may be sensitive to smaller amounts of cinnamon than large breeds. A large dose of cinnamon can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, blood sugar changes, liver disease, and heart attack.

Help, My Dog Ate Cinnamon!

You don’t have to be alarmed if your dog eats a lot of cinnamon. However, you should contact your veterinarian. Although cinnamon isn’t fatal for dogs, it can cause side effects in dogs. Your veterinarian might have other concerns or suggestions to help your dog get through this spicy snack.

Can dogs eat cinnamon baked goods?

As is the case with most baked goods, your dog will not be hurt by a little cinnamon. However, baking treats are not a good idea for dogs. Over-fat, sugary, and excessive calories can cause obesity, diabetes, and other complications like pancreatitis. Some baked goods also may contain xylitol as a sweetener, which is very toxic.

It would help if you only give your dog small amounts of cinnamon-flavoured baked goods on an irregular basis. Also, make sure that they don’t contain any other ingredients that could cause harm or be toxic to your dogs, like chocolate, raisins, or xylitol.

Nutmeg, Cinnamon

Myristicin is found in nutmeg, cinnamon and nutmeg. Although cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, nutmeg, a common baking spice that can cause toxic effects, can be. Myristicin can cause hallucinations, increased heart rate, disorientation, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, dry mouth, and seizures. Although these symptoms can last for up to 48 hours, the good news is that dogs need to consume a lot of nutmegs to have problems. It is safe to use a small amount in baked goods. However, if your dog accidentally ingests large amounts of nutmeg, you should call your vet and make sure she is monitored closely.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is reputed to have several health benefits for people, although these benefits have not been proven. This is great news for cinnamon-loving people who want to increase their intake, but we need to be cautious about recommending it for dogs.

Talk to your veterinarian if you are considering giving cinnamon to your dog as a supplement. You might also consider other supplements that have proven to be beneficial for your dog.

It is possible for dogs to eat cinnamon, but not recommended or necessary.

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