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Can Dogs Have Cinnamon

Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Everything to know about Cinnamon and Dogs!

If you’re baking delicious treats like snickerdoodles, pumpkin pie, or cinnamon buns, it’s a fair bet that your dog will be anxiously waiting at your feet for crumbs.

Is it a cause for concern if your dog eats a piece of cookie that has fallen on the floor or if they help themselves with some cinnamon buns? 

Is cinnamon, on the other hand, safe for dogs and can Dogs eat Cinnamon?

Yes, they certainly can!

Adding cinnamon to food, whether in a meal or a treat, is entirely healthy for your dog — as long as the cinnamon is the appropriate kind.

Dogs will not be poisoned by cinnamon, but the wrong kind of Cinnamon can be harmful to your little furry friend. 

The spice also has a plethora of health advantages! Continue reading to learn how a little cinnamon can help your dog’s health, how to incorporate cinnamon into your dog’s diet, and what danger signs to look out for.

Types of Cinnamon

Cinnamon comes in two varieties in the United States: ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon.

Ceylon Cinnamon: Because it contains low levels of coumarin, a natural chemical substance found in many plants, Ceylon Cinnamon is safe for dogs.

Cassia Cinnamon: On the other hand, Cassia cinnamon can be highly dangerous to both dogs and humans in high concentrations. 

What is the difference, you ask? The presence of Coumarin.

Coumarin is something this is present in both  Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. It is something that hazardous, Cassia Cinnamon contains far more than Ceylon Cinnamon, therefore keep it away from your dog.

A word of caution: many cinnamon-flavoured goods also include nutmeg, which is poisonous to dogs and can cause increased heart rate, Dizziness, seizures, and various other problems in dogs.

Nutmeg overdose symptoms might persist up to 48 hours.

The good news is that your dog would have to consume a significant amount of nutmeg to become poisoned by myristicin (1-3 tablespoons). They may only experience moderate stomach upset if they consume only a small amount (less than 1 tablespoon).

If you suspect your dog has gotten into the spice cabinet, contact your veterinarian right away, and keep nutmeg and nutmeg-containing baked items out of reach.

Other substances to avoid while making cinnamon treats for your dog include:

  • Raisins 
  • Nuts 
  • Cocoa powder or chocolate 
  • Sugar

Cinnamon’s Health Benefits for Dogs

There’s nothing quite like the scent of cinnamon to fill a house and declare, “Something fresh and delectable is baking in this kitchen!” Humans enjoy the flavor and aroma of cinnamon (unless it’s that ridiculous dare where you have to consume an entire scoop of cinnamon in one sitting).

The good news is that our dogs can enjoy all the benefits of this spice as well. A pinch of powder in your dog’s food not only adds flavor, but also has several health benefits.

Here’s a quick rundown on the benefits that Cinnamon provide for your dogs:

Reduces inflammation

Cinnamon can help control joint pain and reduce swelling in dogs who have arthritis or inflammation that limits their mobility. It can help dogs with arthritis, sore muscles, and joint pain by reducing swelling and inflammation.

Aids in the Management of Diabetes in Dogs

Cinnamon has the ability to reduce blood sugar levels and can also improve insulin sensitivity, which is beneficial to diabetic dogs with insulin resistance.

Defends Against Bacteria, Viruses, and Fungi

Cinnamon has chemicals that can stop germs like Listeria and Salmonella from growing, as well as prevent or treat viral illnesses.

Contains Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect your dog’s body from inflammation, pollution, smoke and fumes, and sun exposure, among other things. Cinnamon is high in polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants.

Relives Digestive discomfort.

If your dog has an upset stomach or a more serious digestive problem, such as nausea, indigestion, gas, or vomiting, try using cinnamon to help ease their symptoms.

Prevents yeast infections in dogs. 

Dosage of Ground Cinnamon per day (Depending on Your Dog’s Weight)

  • 1 pound (0.45 kg) to 10 pounds (4.54 kg): a pinch to 1/8 teaspoon
  • For people weighing 20 to 50 pounds (ca. 23 kg) use 1/4 to 1 teaspoon
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons for 50-100 pounds
  • 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon for 10-20 pounds
  • If you weigh more than 100 pounds (ca. 45 kg), use 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon.

Begin by gradually increasing the amount given to your dog until the proper dosage is obtained.

What to Do If Your Dog Consumes an Excessive Amount of Cinnamon?

If your dog consumes more than a teaspoon of cinnamon or steals the cinnamon sticks from all the mugs of hot cider at your Christmas gathering, contact your veterinarian right away if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • Diarrhea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Mouth sores 
  • Coughing 
  • Difficulty breathing

If you suspect your dog has consumed too much cinnamon, look for the following signs:

  • Panting
  • Too much drooling
  • Pupils dilated by licking
  • Problems with the Liver
  • Changes in heart rate due to low blood sugar
  • Problems with the Bowels
  • Diarrhea from an upset stomach
  • Vomiting

How to Handle a Cinnamon Overdose in Your Dog?

  • Make an appointment with your veterinarian right away! Don’t worry, it’s not poisonous, but it will make your dog uncomfortable.
  • Get plenty of water for your dog.
  • Get your dog to purge if the vet recommends it.
  • Cinnamon has a mild anti-clotting impact on the blood, therefore if a person is on blood-thinning medicine like aspirin, too much cinnamon can create bleeding difficulties.
  • Cinnamon should not be consumed in excess by pregnant dogs, since it may stimulate the uterus.

Yummy Cinnamon Recipes for your Furry friend

Cinnamon is, fortunately, safe and even healthful for dogs in little amounts. Check out these recipes from Rover chef Kiki Kane if you’re a fan of the warm scent of cinnamon and want to bake something special for your dog.

RECIPE 1:

Dogs’ Apple Pie Bites

Yield: 48 cookies

Ingredients:

2 apples, cored and diced or grated

  • One tablespoon cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon honey and vanilla extract 
  • 1.2 tablespoon coconut oil 
  • 1 cup (0.24 l) almond flour 
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/4 cup milk 
  • 1 egg and 1/4 cup Parmesan or cheddar cheese, grated

You can use two cups of any flour in place of the flour in this recipe.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (ca. 177 °C).
  2. Arrange your oven racks in the middle of the oven, leaving enough room for many trays if desired.
  3. Peel and core the apples, then dice or grate them.
  4. Combine the cinnamon, vanilla, honey, and coconut oil with the diced apple and stir well.
  5. Stir in the flours and baking powder until everything is well combined.
  6. Stir in the milk and egg until everything is well combined.
  7. Drop tiny spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet coated with parchment paper.
  8. You can leave the dough in a spherical shape or lightly push it down with a fork to make a flatter, crunchier cookie.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and the edges have a few crunchy bits, but the bottoms aren’t too cooked.

RECIPE 2:

Recipe for Peanut Butter Paw Print Pup cakes

  • Prepare: 10 minutes 
  • Time to Finish: 25 minutes 
  • Yield: 14 paw prints

Ingredients

(Makes 14 paw print cupcakes in one tray)

  • 1 carrot, shredded 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (check out for xylitol, a sweetener that is harmful to dogs) 
  • 1 egg and Yogurt with Peanut Butter

Frosting

This recipe makes enough frosting for three trays of puppy cakes.

  • 3 tbsp cornstarch or tapioca flour to thicken and stabilize 
  • 1/2 cup yogurt 
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Instructions: To make the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (ca. 177 °C).
  2. Grease the silicone molds and lay them on baking sheets to make moving them around easier.
  3. In a large mixing basin, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda to incorporate and remove any lumps.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients in a small mixing bowl using a fork.
  5. Add the grated carrot to the mix.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the silicone molds that have been lightly oiled.
  7. Gently press the tray to remove any air pockets, then smooth and push down the batter to achieve the cute paw print design.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, checking with a toothpick to see whether it’s done

Conclusion: Can Dogs eat Cinnamon?

  • Cinnamon can be eaten by dogs, and they will live to yap about it. This spice should not affect your dogs unless it is powdered and breathed. It is healthy for dogs when offered in tiny amounts and has several health benefits.
  • Some researches show that Cinnamon has oostto boost brain function and reduce brain cell Deterioration.
  • Cinnamon powder can cause discomfort, trouble breathing, or choking, while large doses might cause vomiting and diarrhea, so keep on the lookout for these symptoms.
  • Cinnamon is frequently combined with other foods that are toxic to dogs, such as nutmeg, chocolate, almonds, and raisins.
  • Make sure your dog doesn’t get any cinnamon-based baked goods from the table, and you won’t have to worry about anything during the holidays!
  • If you wish to add cinnamon to your pet’s diet, talk to your veterinarian first.