Can I Give My Dog Cinnamon?

Can I Give My Dog Cinnamon?Cinnamon is incorporated into many delicious foods and some owners wonder if it’s okay for their pet dogs. Is this ingredient appropriate to share or not?

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If you have an opportunistic dog, one that often seizes on unattended foods, you may be wondering if cinnamon is a cause for canine concern.

Cinnamon isn’t a big concern, unless they’ve consumed a very large amount. Even then, your dog will likely handle it on their own, by puking it up or with a case of diarrhea.

Can I Give My Dog Cinnamon? Answer: Not Necessary

Though a small amount isn’t harmful.

You don’t usually need to worry if you’ve already given your dog some cinnamon or some as an ingredient that was part of your own food. If they’ve gotten into a cinnamon-laced dish that you left out don’t worry. They’ll likely be fine, and will only suffer from the indigestion that usually comes with feeding unaccustomed human foods.

If you’re thinking of giving your dog a sweet treat that has cinnamon on it, why not give them a treat that is designed for them? Dogs do best with doggy treats that have vitamins and some will even help with their dental health and breath.

Dogs Don’t Need Cinnamon

Do not freak out about your dog getting cinnamon, but you also shouldn’t go out of your way to give it to them. It’s not an essential part of their natural diet, and you don’t have to get carried away and add it as a daily supplement.

Dogs wouldn’t have anything to do with cinnamon out in the wild, and aren’t too concerned about spicing up their food. Dogs eat to live, they aren’t stopping to savor what’s going in the food hole.

We’ve seen it said that there are health benefits to giving cinnamon to dogs, but we think they’ll do just fine with a high quality dog food.

Dogs and Humans

Most of the recommendations out there for giving dogs cinnamon cite studies on the effects of cinnamon for humans. They then try to make a correlation between dogs and humans. While we’re both mammals and share many of the same organs and systems, the way we process foods is still different, right down to a dog being mostly carnivorous, and humans being omnivores.

The stomach acids we produce are different and our daily dietary needs are also different. Yes, cinnamon is a very healthy spice for humans to consume, but even we don’t need it daily, and dogs definitely don’t. The closest you’ll get to any study being done on the benefits of cinnamon for dogs is anecdotal findings based on one dog owner and their personal observations of their own dog.

It’s All In Their Dog Food

Your dog’s dog food should contain all your canine needs on a daily basis. If it doesn’t you should make sure it does. It’s far easier to upgrade your dog’s food than it is to buy them inadequate food and then try to make up for it with additional supplements. Keep it simple unless otherwise needed.

Why is dog food better than cinnamon supplementation? Because premium dog food is formulated so your dog can digest it properly. Good dog food should contain ingredients that are easily broken down. It should be tailored to dogs and their digestive systems. Giving your dog cinnamon and thinking that their body will process it the same way a human’s body processes is simply wishful thinking. Different species, different needs.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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