Is Cinnamon safe for dogs?
Cinnamon is safe for dogs as long as it is in moderation. I think most people are reading this article because their dog either got into some cinnamon and has it all over his or her face, or randomly ate a treat with cinnamon as an ingredient.
To address the first scenario, if your dog got into some cinnamon and has it all over his or her face, I recommend that you visit your vet asap. The reason is because cinnamon is so fine as a powder that it can potentially give your dog breathing issues. I have never head of a dog asphyxiating due to cinnamon ingestion, but it seems plausible.
If your dog randomly ate some human food, I recommend reading the rest of the article for broader understanding of the spice and how it can benefit dogs.
What are the benefits of cinnamon for dogs?
Recent studies have shown that just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day helps to regulate blood sugar and raise insulin resistance; it actually boosts the body’s ability to use insulin to improve blood glucose levels. This is vital for anyone at risk for Diabetes – and that includes senior and overweight dogs. So in addition to feeding a low glycemic index dog food, you can SOMETIMES top his kibble bowl off with cinnamon! Some studies have revealed that cinnamon is antifungal; it works to combat Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections. These infections are often resistant to medication, but not to cinnamon. Dogs who suffer from allergies are often prone to yeast infections.
Cinnamon is also antibacterial, and slows down the spoilage of food. Julia Szabo at Dogster says, “When I have to store part of a can of dog food overnight, I’ll sprinkle half a teaspoon of cinnamon over it before refrigerating (on a side note, never refrigerate dog food in the can – to preserve palatability, spoon it into a glass storage container with a plastic top).”
Are there side-effects of eating cinnamon for dogs?
Here’s a caveat: Cassia cinnamon (the darker, more common type) contains a compound called coumarin, which can damage the liver at high levels. One more reason to use Ceylon cinnamon instead! But Cassia cinnamon is safe as long as you don’t overdo it; sprinkling a little on the food every now and then can still be beneficial in all the ways described above, but won’t give your dog nearly as high a dose as the higher concentration found in, say, a cinnamon supplement capsule (which would contain a substantially higher amount of coumarin).
Also, cinnamon has a mild anti-clotting effect on the blood, so too much can cause bleeding problems if a person is on blood-thinning medication such as aspirin. And pregnant women (or dogs) should not take too much cinnamon, as it may have a stimulating effect on the uterus.
Cinnamon is a great spice to use on human food. It is known to enhance intestinal health and to promote proper digestion in dogs and prevents bloating. However, its nutritional value is not clear. Before giving cinnamon to your dog, it is imperative to consult with a vet.
With what foods can dogs eat cinnamon?
Cinnamon is safe for the dogs but in less quantity. Although the cinnamon is not food it is used as the spice. Some people sprinkle it on the dog food and it does not have any harmful effects on the dog, but I would not do this my Bunk, simply because he is a Pug and I would not want him to accidentally inhale any of it.
If you want to give your dog cinnamon, I recommend giving your dog some kind of treat that has cinnamon as an ingredient. In fact, you can check out this really cool recipe by Dog Treat Kitchen. Let us know how it goes and if your dog liked it.
If your dog just ate some random food with cinnamon and you are worried about your dog getting sick, you should first examine all of the ingredients in the food her or she just ate and take it from there. To learn more about foods dogs can eat click here and to learn more about foods dogs can’t eat click here.