Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? – The dangers of inhalation

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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.

Can dogs eat cinnamon?

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).”

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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.

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  1. Almost all vegetables are good, especially carrots and anything in the broccoli family, green beans, alfalfa sprouts, and leafy greens. Dogs like to chew on raw carrots and that helps to keep down the tartar on their teeth. Asparagus is also good and sometimes dogs will eat these like they are treats. You can add some potatoes to their diet and lentils and split peas are an excellent choice. can dog food

  2. I like to sprinkle a blend of Cinnamon & Splenda on my apple slices ( Red Delicious ) and my Chihuahuas love Apples so I was wondering if the small slices of the apples with the Cinnamon-Splenda mix on them would be harmful to their stomachs or digestive systems? They also love sliced pears, fresh not canned, baby carrots and bananas in small quanties.

    • I would avoid Splenda. I have read mixed things about it, and to be safe, I believe it would be wise to avoid giving it to your dog.

    • Splenda is bad for dogs as well as people. Nobody should have Splenda. I use honey when I want to make something sweet.
      Honey is good for dogs.

      • I don’t think it is fair to make such absolute statements without prefacing first that “Splenda is bad for dogs as well as people” is your own opinion. Whether or not splenda is safe or humans is a debate ill-fitted for this website.

        • Xylitol the sugar substitute is toxic to dogs, it can decrease their blood glucose levels and according to the ASPCA giving any food that contains Xylitol including sugar free cookies can be fatal and if your pet ingests it they should be seen by the veterinarian immediately!

          • Beware of the answers on this page to give you pet many of these spices. food, sugar substitutes some can cause death quickly other you’ll need to call the pet poison control right away. Sugar substitutes are deadly. What I think is going on here is people that don’t like animal or are plain sociopaths are giving answers that are opposite to what the ASPCA and the pet poison hotline is saying.Cinnamon can cause your fog to constrict in the lungs and larynx and stop breathing or at the least lack of oxygen. Nutmeg is deadly but prior to death causes severe hallucinations and other devastating effects. So as far as getting any honest, correct answers from this sight may be a death sentence for you pet, dogs, cats, and other pets. I say shut this site down my warning will be flagged and removed most likely but as an advocate don’t think my letting people know about this site will continue. Possibly a call to the ASPCA would have more of an impact if they contact the owner of this site. There are no options to grade an answer that a person has given. I didn’t sign up for any other reason then yo warn pet owner, You have much more informed site and the poison hotline is a free call, they are happy yo answer questions before a poisoning occurs. Motrin/Advil is deadly as is Tylenol/Acetaminophen and numerous other drugs, spices and even raw food. Chocolate can cause immediate liver failure followed by death depending on dark or ilk chocolate and amount. Keep easter and halloween candy away from your pets. Just because they love the taste means nothing.

        • Get off your high horse. Splenda or any sugar substitute is bad for dogs! ‘Red Says’ could have saved your pet’s life. Be thankful not rude. Anything not natural is not good for humans in most cases.

      • I agrre with “Bunk”, Dogs should never be given any artificial sweetener, nor should humans. Just look it up on the internetand see all the bad things it does to the body. Most Drs would agree!

  3. Gisela Vaitaitis on

    I’m sorry but “raising insulin resistance” is not a good thing!! This is one of the trademarks of Type 2 Diabetes and flies straight in the face of “helps to regulate blood sugar”.

    • “Raising insulin resistance” is a mis-quote. Cinnamon helps your body use insulin. It is considered an insulin enhancer.

    • Cinnamon helps to enhance the effectiveness of insulin. That line above is a strange mistake. I have many friends who have lowered the amount of insulin they take due to adding cinnamon to their diet. I must preface this by saying that you should not make any changes to your medication without consulting your Doctor or Veterinarian first.

  4. If you are giving Cinnamon to your pets on a daily basis, it is best to use ultra low Coumarin Ceylon Cinnamon which won’t damage their liver. Cassia type Cinnamon whether it is organic or not has high levels of Coumarin which can cause liver damage or even failure.

    The US department of health recommends 6g or less (for humans) per day of Cinnamon for a maximum of 6 weeks and then a period rest (say about a week) before your next intake. Even though Cinnamon is good for you, you need to purge yours and your dogs system of toxicity buildup, so period of rest from Cinnamon is recommended.

    Cinnamon should not be taken while pregnant and that probably applies to animals too, as it induces uterine contractions that can result in premature birth. If you have a tiny dog or cat obviously you would have to adjust the Cinnamon dosage. The 6g limit is probably based on an an average weight of about 130 lb. for humans.

  5. Maria Chavez on

    My 3 year old German Shepherd dog Trent eats;
    quinoa , rice. lentils. beans, split green peas etc… fish:
    added to his meats he eats some spaices good for anti-inflammatory or ant-bacterial , anti-fungal properties as; orégano because is anti-bacterial and turmeric anti-inflammatory, etc….
    Very regulary he loves to eat oatmeal with cinnamon and flax seeds or keifir with cinammon and suflower seeds or pumpkin seeds , or
    almonds , sunflower seeds , sesame seeds , flax seeds ,pumpkin seeds
    fresh coconut
    flax seed oil fish oil, walnut oil coconut oil
    all kinds of fruits and vegetables except Onions and Grapes, he even eats radishes!!!!
    Apple cider Vinegar with all his meals and kefir once a day
    I never have feed him dog food because I think it is not healthy.
    He is very healthy and full of energy , and his coat is brilliant shinny, his weight is perfect according to the vet doctor

  6. I gave my dog some cinnamon salt popcorn and she went a little bonkers started play fighting me and got a little over excited is this natural or what? Thanks for any comments

    • when I give Bo cinnamon he gets a bit of an energy boost as well. I put a little cinnamon on apple dices and stuff them in a Kong with a little greek yogurt then freeze it and it keeps him busy for a bit. Then he will be very playful and full of energy within about an hour. I have no idea the scientific rationale for that all I can say is that it happens. He suffers from seasonal type allergies which seem to make him feel like we do when they strike and the cinnamon seems to make him feel better.

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