Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?

YES, dogs can eat cinnamon.

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Where does cinnamon come from?

But first, what is it and where does it come from? A Dogster contributor wrote that cinnamon is a small tree that grows in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Egypt; its bark is dried and rolled into cinnamon sticks (also called quills), then ground into powder.

There are four varieties, but Ceylon cinnamon (its Latin name is Cinnamomum verum) and Cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) are the most popular; Ceylon, also called true cinnamon, is sweeter, lighter in color, and more expensive than Cassia, which is the darker type of cinnamon more commonly found in supermarkets and Starbucks. Whichever variety you choose, it’s definitely worth it to spend a bit more on organic cinnamon, which tends to be even more wonderfully fragrant than its non-organic counterpart.

What are the benefits of cinnamon for dogs?

Traditionally, cinnamon has been used around the world to remedy flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It’s also believed to boost energy, vitality, circulation, cognitive function and overall brain health, and to improve the digestion of dairy products.

In one study, sniffing cinnamon was shown to result in improved brain function – test subjects performed better at memory and attention after a whiff of this spectacular spice. So if you’re working with your dog on learning new tricks, definitely offer him or her a sniff of cinnamon before you begin your training session!

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! Other studies reveal 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).”  Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon even prevents the growth of E. Coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices! So for safety’s sake, be sure to add some cinnamon to your raw apple cider.

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An anti-inflammatory, cinnamon is great for senior dogs struggling with arthritis. With K9 seniors, people have had great results mixing a half-teaspoon of cinnamon with a tablespoon of honey. This is the recipe used by researchers at Copenhagen University, where arthritis patients were able to walk without pain after just a week of taking cinnamon with honey every day. Yet more studies show that cinnamon can lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, and slow the growth of leukemia and lymphomacancer cells.


  1. Tuhin says

    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. Bear says

    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.

    • Bunk says

      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.

    • red says

      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.

      • Bunk says

        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.

        • Mona says

          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!

          • jennifer says

            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.

        • Joni Bogush says

          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.

      • says

        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 says

    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”.

    • Staci says

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

    • Staci says

      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. says

    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.

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