Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?

Is it safe for your dog to eat Cinnamon? Read more to find out.

Can dogs eat cinnamon?Cinnamon in small amounts should be safe for dogs. SomeĀ dog treats and mints even use cinnamon as an ingredient. Some people have sprinkled cinnamon on foods for their dog, without any dangerous effects. But aside from that, there’s no reason or benefit to feed dogs cinnamon. Cinnamon’s not even really a food – it’s a spice. Plus, large amounts of anything unusual almost always causes dogs some digestive trouble.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal on the other hand may cause gas or bloating but that’s most likely due to other ingredients in the cereal and not particularly the cinnamon.


What do other dog owners have to say about whether their dogs can eat Cinnamon or not? See comments below.

20 Comments on Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon

  1. Lana

    I felt I should add this because I couldn’t find any information on cinnamon allergies in dogs. I have a Boston Terrier and this morning my daughter (1 yr old) spilled a plate of cinnamon toast that my BT scarfed down before anyone could get it cleaned up. A short time later I noticed a rash appearing on her chest, mid-section, underarms, groin area and the underside of her mouth. The rash was very splotchy and puffy in places as well as hot to the touch. She was obviously uncomfortable and scratching non stop. I gave her benadryl a couple times and covered her in hydrocortisone cream. Its helping a little, but not much. Just wanted to post this for anyone who might be having a “cinnamon issue” with their pup.

  2. Teresa

    Yes, it is safe for a dog to eat cinnamon. I would only put some in treats, food, snacks, etc. Also, cinnamon is not a food, it is a spice. So, I would pay close attention to how much your dog consumes.

  3. Dmitry

    I have two daschunds and I noticed that there are ants in my home. I read online that ants don’t like Cinnamon, and I think I will try sprinkling it a little bit around the house, where ants congregate.

    It sounds like a little cinnamon won’t hurt the dogs,though I shall have benadryl on hand just in case…

  4. Ben

    Lana, put down the fork and get out more!

  5. Valarie

    Just checked with ASPCA and they say (on their site) that cinnamon is not toxic for horses, dogs or cats.

  6. April Armstrong

    My Black Lab loves applesauce/apples, but my hubby eats cinnamon applesauce which he shares with our Lab. No problems except our lab always wants seconds! That’s a Lab for you! We have no digestive issues with our dog.

  7. Jules

    Dmitry- FYI if you have an ant problem in your home, plant mint plants along the periphery. Mint repels ants, you can also sprinkle Splenda (or the generic form of sugar) – this will also kill ants. Haven’t heard anything about Cinnamon.

  8. miskay

    do Not sprinkle Splenda or any other sugar substitute if you have pets as it is harmful to them and can cause Death!

  9. mike

    my dog got hold of a homemade cinammon biscuit, shortly after eating she thew up. Not sure if it was to much cinammon or what. None the less i thought i should add this info to the post. Hope it is helpful to others. By the way my pet is a Jack Russell.

  10. Marilyn

    Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. If the writer of the original post knew that, they might understand that there IS a reason to give SMALL amounts of cinnamon to a dog.

  11. Marilyn

    It takes a larger amount of ingested cinnamon powder to cause problems in our pets (greater then 1 teaspoon of powder for most pets) but only a small amount of the essential oil. Large overdoses of the powder or exposure to the essential oil can lead to low blood sugar, liver disease, vomiting, diarrhea and changes in heart rate. Some dogs who are ingesting the powdered spice directly can inhale the spice. This is very irritating to the lungs and can cause coughing, choking, difficulty breathing and bronchospasm.

  12. Mary

    I make cookies with mased sweet potato, oats and cinnamon for my dog. He loves them and never has had a problem. Bake them for 1/2 hr at 350 and lower to 250 for another 1/2 hr. Make sure to peel the potato as the peels are not good for your dog.

  13. Mary

    I make cookies with mashed sweet potato, oats and cinnamon for my dog. He loves them and never has had a problem. Bake them for 1/2 hr at 350 and lower to 250 for another 1/2 hr. Make sure to peel the potato as the peels are not good for your dog.

  14. Ellen

    I would appreciate some feed back about pancake syrup, potatoes peels (all types), splenda vs sweet n low, onions, and garlic. I have been given conflicting information about all these foods, please.

  15. Ellen

    I have one dog, a red-bone hound mix. She was a pound puppy, spending the better part of her first year behind bars. She suffers from fear of hungar issues and obesity. She steals everyone else’s food, will eat the contents of our kitchen garbage pail if she gets lucky, and if I fail to pickup or empty our bathroom trash has no problem eating tissues and Q-tips. She will also comsume over time any toy she may have been given. Now she has no toys and her feelings are hurt because of this. We put her on a strick diet and exercise program (doing nicely with weight loss) but, of coarse, she is certain all our other family members are getting more than she is and makes no compunctions letting us know her feelings are crushed with all of these changes. Now the other dog (her very best friend as she is his soul mate) knows if he is getting too much fat and won’t eat his dinner if this is the case. He too is a pound puppy with a “Spitz” demeanor and is finicky about what he eats. Oddly though, he is a little bit heavy inspite of his high level of activity.

  16. Shasta

    Today, my youngest son burned a cinnamon roll, and he fed it to our American Bully and my youngest Great Dane. Now, our Bully is sick, but I am not sure if it was the roll, or something else that he picked up and ate. (He’s a chewer) Cinnamon has several health benefits, as do lots of other spices and herbs.

  17. Sherri

    I gave my little chihuahua a couple pieces of Cinnamon Toast Crunch today. He started acting really odd and was gassy. He wanted me to hold him non stop. Then later we saw that his neck swelled up. We are not sure that it was cinnamon but believe he had an allergic reaction to it. We highly suggest keeping Cinnamon Toast Crunch away from dogs. Scared us to death.

  18. Kathy

    To the people whose pets are getting sick after eating baked goods it is likely the flour the bread or roll or cereal etc. is made from that is making your pet ill. Our vet told us one of the number one food allergies for dogs is wheat. Unless you are a gluten free eater you almost certainly have breads made with wheat. I’ve baked gluten free cookies with cinnamon sprinkled on them and given my dog small bites of them and seen no reaction at all, except he seems to love them.

  19. Sherry Lawrence

    I thought my dachshund was vomiting from a bite of cinnamon toast. Nope! He got hold of a entire package of tiny boxes of jr mints that one of the grandbabies failed to put out of his reach!

  20. TAL

    For the person who said to sprinkle splenda to kill ants, I bet you ignore the fact that splenda also kills dogs. Yes, that’s what the company do to test the product, give it to dogs, did you ever hear of so-called “laboratory animals”? Dogs killed to make your treats sweeter; this is civilization.
    Ignorance is bliss. Not for non-humans, though.
    And leave ants alone, they aren’t going to eat you! Just don’t go around spilling your food and keep it in good containers, instead of destroying life because of carelessness.

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