Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Can This Spice Trigger Allergies?

The scientific name of this wide-spread spice is Cinnamomum. It’s known to be a part of the Lauraceae family. It’s a pretty typical, sweet-smelling spice for cooking, but it is also a plant widely utilized in landscaping and interior design.

And for many of us, the cinnamon is a staple of a kitchen cupboard. It can be added to many kinds of dishes, including salads, snacks, and desserts.

Have you ever make cinnamon sprinkled bakery, like cookies or buns?

In that case, I am sure that at least once you can distinctly remember being followed by your pup. And most probably he was begging at least for a tiny bit of that heavenly smelling miracle. But should you ever share some?

So, can dogs have cinnamon?

The great thing is that cinnamon is not poisonous to dogs. At least, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).  

But that does not inevitably mean you should be dampening it on pup’s regular food. The Pet Poison Helpline warns that cinnamon can lead to skin rashes and digestive upset in both people and dogs, mainly if eaten in large amounts.

Will cinnamon hurt dogs?

A small hint of cinnamon, the same amount added to the baked goods, is not going to harm your pup. But with that being said, serving your dog bakery is not fundamentally a sound idea.

We know that buns and cakes are high in sugar, empty calories, and fats. All of those can trigger obesity, diabetes, and other unpleasant diseases, for instance, pancreatitis. Some even may include an artificial sweetener called xylitol, deadly toxic for dogs.

If you want to give your dog baked treats with cinnamon, only serve tiny portions on rare occasions.  Also make sure they are free of any potentially dangerous ingredients, such as xylitol, raisins or chocolate.

Is cinnamon bad for dogs?

Excesses of the cinnamon in dogs nutrition might lead to a wide range of consequences. This list may vary from vomiting and diarrhea to liver diseases, sudden blood sugar drops, and rapid changes in heart rate.  

If the spice was inhaled, your pup might suffer from coughing, bronchospasm, and experience difficulty in breathing.

If you think your dog somehow ingested a large quantity of cinnamon, please contact your vet right away.

Is cinnamon good for dogs?

Cinnamon is known to have several health advantages for people, although these benefits have not been bulletproof proven. The spice is loaded with eugenol, an oily substance with remarkable anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects.

It also has a lot of natural antioxidants, including some flavonoids (good plant’s metabolites) and vitamin C. Those compounds are known to restrain the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol and block the adhesion of lipid and insoluble plaque in our arteries.

Cinnamon is also often attributed to anticancer properties because of those antioxidant compounds. Cinnamon is capable of preserving DNA from oxidative pressure and stopping cell damage.

A study from the United States Department of Agriculture has somewhat confirmed the anticancer effects of regular cinnamon use. According to its results, cinnamon-based supplements are advised for destroying abnormal cells triggered by lymphoma and leukemia.

Cinnamon is also rich in calcium that believed to be useful for strengthening dog’s bone structure and increase their physical endurance.  This is especially helpful for elderly dogs since they naturally experience loss of a bone and muscle mass.

This spice also is recognized for its capacity to control blood sugar levels and combat fungus known to trigger yeast infections. And that’s just to name a few.

However, there’s no 100% certainty that cinnamon will provide your canine with any/all of these advantages.

These positive outcomes of eating cinnamon have been proven to apply to human health, with very little literature published on the topic of the advantages of cinnamon for canines.

Although you might find impressive this selection of related researches on cinnamon’s effects mainly on rats. Animals tend to benefit from cinnamon too.

So if you are curious to give cinnamon a chance as an addition for your dog’s diet, you should speak to your vet about its potential risks and possible benefits first.

Are dogs allergic to cinnamon?

Even though cinnamon may be beneficial to dogs, they can also obtain an allergic reaction from the spice itself or cinnamon-containing products.

Symptoms of such reaction will more than likely be mild, including anything from upset stomach, diarrhea and skin irritations to abnormal heart rate, and excessive drooling.  If you’ve spotted any of these signs after introducing your pup to cinnamon, make an appointment with your vet promptly.

Cinnamon and dogs. Summary

Even though cinnamon turns out to be okay (or even awesome) for your pet, as a responsible dog parent, you have to acknowledge that baked treats with cinnamon might include other ingredients.

And those most likely will negate all the benefits of the spice. And potentially even be dangerous.

The list involves grapes, raisins, excessive amounts of sugar, or any kind of artificial sweeteners (Xylitol in particular), chocolate, macadamia nuts, and the nutmeg.

Even a tiny portion of the former might trigger hallucinations in your pup. To be safe, focus on feeding your pet foods and treats made just for them and skip the holiday-themed human meals altogether.

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