Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?

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You may be the type of person who likes to keep things spicy... but even if your life is sugar, spice, and everything nice, that doesn't necessarily warrant that you give your canine friend cinnamon. Or does it?


It's always nice to spice things up. What is life without a little flavor, or without dogs?

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So, if you just began to wonder: is cinnamon toxic to dogs? Can dogs eat cinnamon? You've come to the right place.


Where does cinnamon come from?

According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, cinnamon is a spice derived from the bark of the Ceylon cinnamon busy evergreen tree that is native to Sri Lanka, the Malabar Coast of India, and Burma. Cinnamon is used to flavor a variety of foods including baked goods, beverages, and confections and its prevalence makes it a staple spice in most kitchens.

Can dogs eat cinnamon?

Sort of. According to ASCPA, cinnamon is not toxic to dogs. But don't get too excited. While your dog may not suffer any toxic effects from consuming cinnamon, that doesn't necessarily mean you should be giving it to him in huge quantities. There can be some adverse reactions in dogs (and humans) from eating large amounts of cinnamon, so be sure to watch for any unusual or concerning behaviors in your pet if he consumes any cinnamon.


Does cinnamon have any health benefits for dogs?

Cinnamon may have many health benefits for humans, such as lowering blood sugar, and anti-inflammatory properties, but according to AKC, cinnamon is neither necessary nor recommended for your pet's health. Every dog's needs are different, so if you want to supplement your pet's diet with some dog-friendly options, talk to your vet and see if they have any suggestions!

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Are there any concerns with feeding cinnamon to dogs?

Yes. While cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, according to Pet Poison Helpline, consumption of cinnamon and cinnamon oils may cause skin irritation and digestive sensitivities and symptoms in both pets and people, especially if consumed in large amounts. Cinnamon is merely non-toxic, not a tasty treat, so do not opt to feed your dog cinnamon in huge quantities. Instead, opt for healthy, dog-friendly treats that your furry friend will love.


Cinnamon and nutmeg

Both cinnamon and nutmeg are spices that are often seen together in recipes (and pantries), but this does not mean that they are equally safe when it comes to your dog. Derived from the Myristica fragrans seed, nutmeg is used to flavor sweet and savory dishes alike, but the spice also contains a toxin called myristicin which can be quite dangerous for your pet. Unlike cinnamon, nutmeg can actually be quite toxic for canines when consumed in large amounts, so be sure to know the difference between the two spices (and keep nutmeg far away from your pet)!

Signs of nutmeg poisoning in dogs


It's important to recognize the signs of nutmeg poisoning in dogs. According to Pet Poison Helpline, nutmeg poisoning is unlikely to occur unless a large amount of nutmeg is ingested, but if your dog ingests nutmeg and displays any of these symptoms, take him to your vet immediately:

  • hallucinations
  • disorientation
  • increased heart rate
  • high blood pressure
  • dry mouth
  • abdominal pain
  • seizures
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Dogs can technically eat cinnamon, as cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, and should not be of harm to your pet, but that doesn't mean your pupper should be eating large quantities of the spice on the daily. There can also be some adverse side effects when dogs eat cinnamon, including skin and digestive sensitives, especially when consumed in large amounts, so as always, be sure to observe your pet carefully and contact your vet if your pet experiences side effects or exhibits any unusual or concerning behavior. Further, cinnamon is neither necessary nor recommended for your pet's health, so if you are looking for some ideas for different tasty treats for your doggo, go ahead and check out our Cuteness Guide to everything your dog can and cannot eat!

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.