Is Cinnamon Safe For Dogs?
Last week I had someone comment on my Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat recipe saying that dogs couldn’t have cinnamon.
I’ve given my dogs cinnamon for years either in the form of treats with cinnamon or mixed into their homemade pumpkin puree.
I also vaguely remember asking Leroy’s veterinarian about cinnamon when he was diagnosed with IBD, however, no matter how confident I am that cinnamon is safe to give dogs, I always need to double-check myself when someone says the opposite.
So I did some research and I even reached out to our vet to make sure.
Our veterinarian said absolutely yes, cinnamon is fine for healthy dogs in moderation.
Is Cinnamon Good For Dogs?
Yes! Cinnamon is good for most dogs and it provides many health benefits when given in moderation.
This spice contains many anti-inflammatory properties which can be great for aging dogs and it may also help to reduce swelling and manage joint pain.
Cinnamon is also considered good for the brain and can help to defend some neurological conditions and improve memory function as well.
Diabetic and overweight dogs may benefit from the powers of cinnamon as well because it helps to regulate blood sugar by slowing down the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream after consuming a meal high in carbohydrates.
In a study published in the Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, researchers found that dogs who eat cinnamon also had improved heart health.
Dog owners should always consult with their veterinarian before any new additions are made to a dog’s diet especially if trying to help a condition such as diabetes.
Cinnamon is also often called for as an additional ingredient in Golden Paste for dogs.
Is All Cinnamon Safe For Dogs?
Cinnamon can be found in many commercial and homemade dog treats but straight cinnamon powder can irritate a dog’s throat and lungs if inhaled so skip feeding it to them straight from the spoon and instead make sure that is mixed in well with other foods.
Cinnamon sticks should also be avoided because it can cause stomach and mouth irritation when chewed and swallowed.
Cinnamon has a mild anti-clotting effect on the blood so dogs with bleeding disorders should not consume too much.
Pregnant dogs should not have cinnamon because it can have a stimulating effect on the uterus.
Essential oils that contain cinnamon is not recommended for pets to ingest.
The Pet Poison Hotline states that “Exposure to the essential oil can lead to low blood sugar, liver disease, vomiting, diarrhea and changes in heart rate.”
Types Of Cinnamon
The two most common types of cinnamon are Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon.
Ceylon Cinnamon is light in color and sweet in taste.
It’s more expensive and not as easy to find in the grocery store but it is best for dogs.
Cassia Cinnamon is darker in color and has a stronger taste.
It is cheaper and easier to find in grocery stores.
Cassia Cinnamon contains coumarin.
Coumarin can cause damage to the liver when given in large quantities.
It is safe for dogs in small amounts.
Is Nutmeg Safe For Dogs?
Nutmeg and cinnamon often go hand in hand with baking but it’s best to stay away from this spice with dogs.
According to the Pet Poison Hotline:
Nutmeg contains a toxin called myristicin.
The small amount of nutmeg used in recipes is very unlikely to cause serious toxicity, though mild stomach upset could occur if a small amount is ingested.
If a very large amount of nutmeg is ingested, myristicin toxicity can cause symptoms including hallucinations, disorientation, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, dry mouth, abdominal pain, and possibly seizures.
Symptoms can last up to 48 hours.
A pet would need to ingest a very large amount of nutmeg, and this is very unlikely to occur if a dog or cat ingests food with nutmeg in it.
So Is Cinnamon Safe For Dogs?
I give my dogs small amounts of cinnamon, usually baked into their treats, and have never had any issues.
So for my dogs, cinnamon is safe for them but remember, it’s always best to check with your veterinarian.